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NCJ Number: 156322 Find in a Library
Title: Domestic Violence Against Women
Journal: Journal of the American Medical Association  Volume:273  Issue:22  Dated:(June 14, 1995)  Pages:1763-1767
Author(s): J Abbott; R Johnson; J Koziol-McLain; S R Lowenstein
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 5
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The incidence of domestic violence among female emergency department patients is discussed.
Abstract: This article reports the results of a study to determine the incidence, one-year prevalence, and cumulative prevalence of domestic violence among female emergency department patients. A confidential written survey was conducted at five sites in the Denver, Colorado, metropolitan area. A questionnaire was offered to all adult women at three emergency departments and two associated walk-in clinics during 30 simultaneous, randomly selected 4-hour blocks in April and May 1993. A total of 833 women presented for care at the five study sites during the surveillance periods; 648 agreed to participate. Analysis of the data indicates that the incidence of acute domestic violence is not as common among women visiting an emergency department as previously reported, although the cumulative prevalence of domestic violence is strikingly high. Unfortunately, the study concluded that women who have experienced domestic violence are seldom identified by emergency department professionals. Limitations of the study are noted. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Criminology; Police; Statistics; Victims of violent crime; Violence
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