Prevention Book


HITS Screen for Intimate Partner Violence

Aka: HITS Screen for Intimate Partner Violence
  1. See Also
    1. Intimate Partner Violence
  2. Indications
    1. Intimate Partner Violence Screening
  3. Background
    1. Developed and validated for use in family medicine clinics
    2. Copyrighted by Dr. Sherin ( for commercial use
    3. Also available as an iphone application with a shelter locator by zip-code
  4. Criteria
    1. Score each answer
      1. Never: 1
      2. Rarely: 2
      3. Sometimes: 3
      4. Fairly often: 4
      5. Frequently: 5
    2. How often does your partner (Mnemonic: HITS):
      1. Hurt
        1. Physically hurt you (e.g. pushed, slapped, hit, kicked, punched)?
      2. Insult
        1. Insult or talk down to you?
      3. Threaten
        1. Threaten you with harm?
      4. Scream
        1. Scream or curse at you?
  5. Interpretation
    1. Total score: 4-20
    2. Score >10 suggests Intimate Partner Violence
  6. Efficacy
    1. Test Sensitivity: 30-100%
    2. Test Specificity: 86-99%
  7. References
    1. Sherin (1998) Fam Med 30(7):508-12 [PubMed]

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