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Intimate Partner Abuse in Health Care Settings  

Author:  Bonnie E. Carlson, Ph.D., M.S.W..

Source: Volume 02, Number 04, Spring 2010 , pp.315-338(24)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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Most women in abusive relationships eventually seek some type of health care. Health care settings offer many chances for intervention. These settings include emergency departments, primary care, and OB/Gyn. In this article, the author describes how partner violence presents in these various settings, summarizes the risk markers that indicate possible abuse, and describes the health consequences, including injuries, a wide range of chronic health problems, and mental health sequelae such as depression and PTSD. Pregnancy outcomes and health care utilization can also be affected by partner violence. The author then describes interventions, outlines potential barriers to providing care, and makes recommendations on how health care providers can offer better service.


Affiliations:  1: Arizona State University.

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