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NCJ Number: 115120 Find in a Library
Title: Doctors Announce Campaign To Combat Domestic Violence
Corporate Author: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Washington, DC 20024
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This news release by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) reports on joint statements by U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and Dr. Luella Klein, past president of ACOG, regarding ACOG efforts to assist physicians in detecting and responding to wife abuse.
Abstract: All members of ACOG will receive information to help them detect when a patient may have been battered. The information will also help doctors explain women's legal rights to their patients, acquaint patients with services available to battered women, and explain strategies for helping women escape situations in which they or their children are being abused. Dr. Klein advises that doctors should pay particular attention to women with head, neck, chest, abdomen, breast, or arm injuries. She also notes doctors' important preventive role, since women are at risk of additional injury if the abuse cycle is not broken. The material being provided to doctors by the ACOG indicates the symptoms of abuse include headaches; insomnia; choking sensations; and stomach, chest, pelvic, and back pains. Victims may also manifest shyness, fear, embarrassment, evasiveness, anxiety, or passivity. The statements of Koop and Klein accompany the news release.
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): In-service Training; Medical evaluation; Spouse abuse detection
Note: A news release issued on January 3, 1989, by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
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