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In the News: Breaking The Silence

According to the Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC), Latin-American women face a high probability of being victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse at some point in their lifetime. In attempt to help lower the probability, CUHCC started a program here at the University of Minnesota, called “Breaking The Silence.”

The “Breaking The Silence” program was created with the purpose to empower Latino women to prevent domestic and sexual violence in their personal lives and communities.

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U.S. Preventative Services Task Force: Primary care clinicians should screen for domestic violence

Women of child-bearing age may soon find their primary care clinician asking new sets of questions designed to screen for signs of intimate partner violence after a new series of recommendations from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force.

The recommendations are a departure from previous assessments by the group, who in 2004 had found insufficient evidence to support such screenings.

So why the change of course now?

In making their recommendation, the task force cited new evidence demonstrating a “low risk, moderate benefit” to health providers screening their patients for intimate partner violence, a term that includes physical violence, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, stalking and reproductive coercion.  They also pointed to effective and easy-to-use screening tools available to physicians.  The ultimate goal is to help more women reach the interventions needed to extricate themselves from the cycle of abuse.

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