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Question: What questions about partner violence can I ask a woman without injuries?

Answer:

1. Have you ever been hurt or injured by a partner or expartner?
2. Are there situations in your relationship where you have felt afraid?
3. Has your partner ever abused you or your children?
4. Do you feel safe in your current relationship.?
5. Is there a partner from a past relationship who is making you feel unsafe now?

Reference: Feldhaus KM, Koziol-McLain J, Amsbury HL, et al: Accuracy of brief screening questions for detecting partner violence in the emergency department. JAMA 277:1357-1361, 1997.

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