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NCJ Number: 119055 Find in a Library
Title: Not-So-Benign Neglect: The Medical Response to Battering (From Feminist Perspectives on Wife Abuse, P 249-266, 1988, Kersti Yllo and Michelle Bograd, eds. -- See NCJ 119043)
Author(s): D Kurz; E Stark
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter explores the medical response to abused women, with emphasis on security, advocacy, and empowerment, which guides the battered women's shelter movement and is also the most appropriate for health care providers.
Abstract: The medical response to abuse has been slow and sporadic. Though the woman views her situation as a crisis and an ongoing social emergency, emergency clinicians view her seemingly minor injuries and sense of impending "emergency" as inappropriate. Two different studies of the emergency medical response, the New Haven study and the Philadelphia study, are presented to assess whether an intervention can be reasonably expected to prevent -- or at least reduce -- ongoing battering. The results of these studies indicate a sequence of events in treating battered women. Starting from symptomatic treatment of discrete injuries, medical care progresses to labeling and psychiatric referral as secondary psychosocial problems arise. Inappropriate medical responses are related to health providers' conceptions of battering and of battered women as patients, the lack of accurate technical knowledge about abuse, and sexism. One possible solution to this problem is providing feminist training with adequate technical assistance and political support. 27 references.
Main Term(s): Battered wives
Index Term(s): Abused women; Domestic assault; Medical evaluation
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