3.3 Screening Measures

There are some available screening measures used to assess vulnerable adult abuse; however, according to the USPSTF, these measures have not been proven to be valid or reliable for screening abuse, specifically vulnerable adult abuse.

These instruments include:

  • The Humiliation, Afraid, Rape, Kick tool (HARK)
  • The Hurt, Insult, Threaten, Scream tool (HITS)
  • The Extended-Hurt, Insult, Threaten, Scream tool (E-HITS)
  • The Partner Violence Screen (PVS)
  • The Woman Abuse Screening Tool (WAST).
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