Gerbert: What that means is, you don't need to ask a direct yes, no question and get a direct, "yes, I have been physically abused." To give a validating message as a physician saying, "you know, sometimes when I see patients who have presenting symptoms like yours, it means that they're being abused and I feel that for those patients, this is not right, they don't deserve it."
Narrator: Another positive act was calling hotlines or shelters while the patient was present.
Gerbert: They make that connection for the woman in the safety of the health care setting and make arrangements for follow-up for later so that the connection is made.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.