Of all women battered by their partners in the United States, only a small percentage are correctly diagnosed as victims of abuse. The medical community has a unique opportunity to intervene, but many health care professionals need more training to recognize the abuse, tools to intervene and information on where to refer victims for additional assistance. This study alerts such professionals to signs of abuse and helps prepare them to deal sensitively and appropriately with the needs of victims. The author provides vital information on the impact that examination and documentation may have upon subsequent prosecution of the batterer, while sample questions and forms assist examiners to record the most accurate information possible. Sherri L Schornstein also explores safety issues relevant to health care practitioners involved with domestic violence cases.
What Is Domestic Violence?
Societal Perspectives on Domestic Violence
The Dynamics of Abuse
The Medical Response
Ascertaining the True Cause of Injury and Compliance with Injury-Reporting Requirements
Prosecution of Domestic Violence Crimes