Domestic abuse or violence and family violence refer to situations where a person is physically, sexually, or emotionally abused or physically neglected by a family member or an intimate partner. Victims of family violence are most often children, women, and older adults. In older adults, abuse can also include financial exploitation and neglect. Studies estimate that over 1000 children died of abuse in 1999, almost 1 out of every 3 women report that they were subject to abuse at some point in their lives, and more than half a million older adults were abused in 1996. Harmful outcomes of family violence include physical injury, long-term psychological problems, and death. Some things that should make doctors and other health care providers suspect family violence are repeated or unusual injuries, depression, and unexplained symptoms or absences from school or work. When such things are present, doctors should ask patients about family violence. However, it is unclear whether doctors should screen all patients for family violence as part of routine health care. Screening is looking for a condition in patients who have no symptoms or signs of that condition.