At the moment, domestic violence and intimate partner murder is on the rise*. And, because victims may have fewer moments alone, many are having a harder time reaching out for help.
Asking someone if they feel safe should be a standard quesation with any office visit. With virtual visits becoming the norm, that aspect of a visit is being overlooked more now than ever.
When I do a vaccination, I have a couple of moments alone with my patient in a private setting where I'm already asking about their health. Offering the opportunity for someone to talk seems like basic holistic nursing care.
*depression, anxiety, other mental health problems, and suicide are also on the rise