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Domestic violence screening


Domestic violence screening


Universal and routine screening for domestic violence is recommended for pregnant women and extends through to the postnatal period. There is a notable lack of self-confidence among midwives and midwifery students in implementing diagnostic domestic violence screening that is consistent within the contemporary literature, and has significant implications for the health of women and their families. The evidence for the current lack of confidence among midwives and midwifery students centres around three professional issues surrounding domestic violence screening from a midwifery context. These are: time constraints, midwifery education and midwives as recipients of domestic violence.

Learning aims and objectives

This resource aims to provide midwives and midwifery students with a greater awareness and understanding surrounding lack of self-confidence when screening women in the antenatal period for domestic violence.

On completion of this module midwives and midwifery students will have an increased knowledge of this issue, enabling them to:

  • Appreciate the importance of diagnostic domestic violence screening in addressing a significant public health issue
  • Demonstrate an awareness of how midwives and midwifery students may experience a lack of self-confidence in domestic violence screening, as evidenced by the literature
  • Recognise that time constraints, education and a past experience with domestic violence, are key barriers that may contribute to this lack of confidence.

Keywords and linking topics

Intimate partner violence; family and domestic violence; midwifery; diagnostic domestic violence screening; self-confidence


Wright C, Geraghty S. Barriers to implementing diagnostic domestic violence screening . The Practising Midwife, 2017, vol 20, Issue 5: 8–11

The following questions will assess your knowledge on implementing diagnostic domestic violence (DV) screening. Reading the article (Wright and Geraghty 2017) and some of the suggested resources will help you to answer the questions.

In the following questions, please select the answer that you believe to be correct. This will be marked and then you move on to the next question. If at the end you wish, you can return for a further attempt at the questions. Upon correct completion of the questions, a certificate can be downloaded and printed for use in your portfolio.

Keywords and linking topics

Intimate partner violence, family and domestic violence, midwifery, diagnostic domestic violence screening, self-confidence