The prevalence of female-to-male intimate partner violence in an urban emergency department

Lisa D Mills, Trevor Mills, Ellen Taliaferro, Andrea Zimbler, Donald Smith

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Female-to-male intimate partner violence (IPV) recently has become a recognized health care issue. We screened a heterosexual male Emergency Department population for IPV using the HITS scale, a four-question survey. Two hundred eighty-two men were enrolled in the study. Basic demographics, along with the answers to the HITS scale, were analyzed. Of the men screened, 29.3% had a positive history of IPV. Men who were positive for IPV were more likely to score higher on questions regarding the frequency of verbal aggression than actual or threatened physical violence. This study reinforces the need to screen both genders for IPV in the Emergency Department.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-218
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2003
Externally publishedYes



  • Domestic violence
  • Injury prevention
  • Interpersonal violence
  • Intimate partner violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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