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Randomised controlled trial
Primary care-based training and support interventions are successful in increasing identification and referral of women experiencing domestic violence
  1. Angela Taft
  1. Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Angela Taft
    Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, 215 Franklin Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia; a.taft{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • A comprehensive systems approach in primary care (using supportive interdisciplinary collaboration linked to domestic violence (DV) services) could increase identification and referral of women for DV support.

  • DV training for primary care nurses should include building clinician/advocate partnerships.

  • Nursing intervention research on DV for primary care should include examination of outcomes for women referred to DV services.


Between 15–71% of women are thought to experience lifetime DV with highest rates among women living in disadvantaged communities.1 Chronic depression, …

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