JOHANNESBURG - The South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has introduced new guidelines for the routine screening of female victims of intimate-partner violence (IPV).
In terms of the new guidelines, obstetricians and gynaecologists must perform regular screening for IPV as part of routine medical history.
"Sasog will now be recommending that all OBGYNs implement routine screening of patients for intimate partner violence.
We will be using the tool developed by the international society of obstetricians and gynaecologists, so this will be part of routine scanning and screening when the patient goes in for a consultation", said Professor Priya Soma-Pillay Honorary Secretary of the SA Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecology .
The guidelines come after the death of several young women in South Africa, as a result of gender-based violence.