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The Woman Abuse Screening Tool

  1. In general, how would you describe your relationship? A lot of tension, some tension, no tension

  2. Do you and your partner work out arguments with...great difficulty, some difficulty, no difficulty

  3. Do arguments ever result in you feeling down or bad about yourself?

  4. Do arguments ever result in hitting, kicking, or pushing?

  5. Do you ever feel frightened by what your partner says or does?

  6. Has your partner ever abused you physically?

  7. Has your partner ever abused you emotionally?

For questions 3-7, respond often, sometimes or never[6]



When a woman discloses abuse, a compassionate response, evaluation of her safety, and the provision of information about community services such as shelters are important.[2] For more information, see the SOGC Intimate Partner Violence Consensus Statement.



2. Cherniack, D, Grant, L, Mason, R, Moore, B, Pellizarri, R. Intimate partner violence consensus statement. JOGC 2005;27:365-88.

6. Brown JB, Lent B, Brett PJ, Sas G, Pedersen LL. Development of the woman abuse screening tool for use in family practice. Family Medicine 1996;28:422–8.

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