Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Guiding Principles for Screening Abuse

Guiding principles for screening will assist the nurse in implementing effective intervention. The Mnemonic Tool ABCD-ER (MLHU, 2000) outlines the principles.

A Attitude and Approachability of the health care provider
B Belief in the woman's account of her own experience of abuse
C Confidentiality is essential for disclosure
D Documentation that is consistent and legible
E Education about the serious health effects of abuse

Respect for the integrity and authority of each woman's life choices

Recognition that the process of dealing with identified abuse must be done at her place, directed by her decisions.