Identifying red flags early and providing resources: New intimate partner violence screening app developed by St. Michael’s

One in six women in fracture clinics around the world has experienced intimate partner violence, but screening for such abuse remains scarce.

MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions has partnered with the Fracture Clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital to design and implement an electronic screening application for intimate partner violence that can be used within and beyond the hospital.

“We talked to women who had either lived with or were living with partner violence and we kept hearing them say that they realized too late in their relationship that they were living with unsafe behaviours,” said Dr. Patricia O’Campo, scientist at MAP, and co-lead on the development of the app.

“They wished they had known earlier that there were red flags. That’s where the initial idea to put screening into women’s hands came from.”

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