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
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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.