Domestic abuse is when a person is physically, sexually, or emotionally abused or physically neglected by a spouse or other intimate partner or an elderly and vulnerable adult is abused by a family member or caretaker. While common, these problems often go undetected, and in addition to causing injury or death, can lead to a variety of medical and mental health problems. Things that should raise a health care provider's suspicion that intimate partner violence or abuse is occurring are repeated or unusual injuries, depression, and unexplained symptoms or absences from school or work. In these situations, doctors should ask patients about family violence. However, it is unclear whether doctors should screen all patients for intimate partner violence and abuse as part of routine health care. Screening is looking for a condition in patients who have no symptoms or signs of that condition.