June 5, 2020 Conference
Intimate Partner Violence - What an Ophthalmologist Needs to Know
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Dr. Judith Linden, Boston University School of Medicine, (Presenter)
Studies show 1 in 4 women, and 1 in 5 men in the U.S. report being a victim of IPV in their lifetime. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is more prevalent in patients presenting for medical treatment. One study showed 38% or patients in a family medicine clinic, and 40% or women in the ED reported lifetime IPV. Although IPV can affect all patients of any demographic, including gender, age, socio-economic status or race, the prevalence is somewhat higher in certain populations, including those with trauma, women, younger age, lower socioeconomic status, and those with mental health issues and disabilities. Although physicians are often uncomfortable inquiring about IPV, studies show that most women prefer to be asked. This talk will assist the ophthalmologist in confidently inquiring about IPV, and supporting the patient in an effective, trauma-informed manner, whether the patient chooses to disclose the violence or not. I will discuss targeted screening, available resources, and engaging a team of support.