Final Recommendation Statement: Intimate Partner Violence, Elder Abuse, and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults: Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians screen for intimate partner violence (IPV) in women of reproductive age and provide or refer women who screen positive to ongoing support services. This recommendation statement provides information on several screening instruments that accurately detect IPV in the past year among adult women: Humiliation, Afraid, Rape, Kick (HARK); Hurt, Insult, Threaten, Scream (HITS); Extended–Hurt, Insult, Threaten, Scream (E-HITS); Partner Violence Screen (PVS); and Woman Abuse Screening Tool (WAST).

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2018

Evidence Rating: III

Cost: Free

Additional Info:


Intimate Partner Violence

Perinatal Periods:

Parenting Postpartum Pre-/Inter-conception Prenatal

Resource types:

Clinical Guidelines/Expert Recommendations for Providers Screening Tools and Protocols

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