An unknown hospital clinic is giving patients an ingenious way to signal whether they are dealing with domestic or family violence.
The sign, which went viral on Twitter last week, gives the patient two ways to return a urine sample to nurses.
While typically patients would use a black marker to initial the cup, the sign offers patients the option to use a red marker instead, to indicate they are experiencing domestic violence.
“Please put only your initials on your specimen and place it on the back of the toilet. Your nurse will collect your specimen,” the black text on the sign read.
“Please write your initials with the Red Marker on the specimen cup if you are experiencing intimate partner violence, domestic violence, or anything else you wish to discuss in confidence with your provider,” the red text on the sign read.
“We will ask anyone accompanying you today to leave the room before discussing your concerns.”
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Although it’s unclear where the sign originated, the strategy has clearly made its mark online, with the sign being shared widely internationally on social media.
In Australia, one in six women have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or previous cohabiting partner.
According to White Ribbon statistics, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner.
In Australia, hospitals, medical centres and doctor’s offices implement strategies daily to spot and respond to potential cases of family violence.