The Impact of Domestic Violence on Individuals
Medical Journal of Australia, Vol. 173, pp. 427-431
5 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2009 Last revised: 20 Nov 2017
Date Written: 2000
Specific problems relating to domestic violence are outlined for children, pregnant women, the elderly, indigenous people and people of non-English speaking background. Individual case studies illustrate the effects of domestic violence on a nine week old baby, an elderly person, an indigenous family and a non-English speaking Turkish migrant. The need for change applies equally to all groups. Patients are reluctant to disclose violence, but sensitive questioning can legitimately encourage disclosure. There is a strong need for the training of medical professionals in every aspect of the treatments and meaningful assistance required by patients with health needs associated with domestic violence. This is the second of four articles examining domestic violence in the community.
Keywords: domestic violence, women, medical
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