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NCJ Number: 156603 Find in a Library
Title: Domestic Violence Module One: Trust Is the Key
Corporate Author: Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 51
Sponsoring Agency: Maryland Dept of Health & Mental Hygiene
Baltimore, MD 21201
Maryland Dept of Human Resources
Baltimore, MD 21201
Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland
Baltimore, MD 21201
Sale Source: Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland
1211 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This handbook is designed to provide physicians with the practical tools they need to help patients who are victims of domestic violence.
Abstract: Although the primary focus of the handbook is the role of physicians, anyone who works in a medical setting could benefit from this material. The material can be used in any setting, including a doctor's office, medical clinic, or emergency department. The campaign reflected in this training module is based in the belief that victims of domestic violence can only receive appropriate help when they acknowledge their abuse to someone in a position to help them address it. Given physicians' role in health care, they can become important resources for victim assistance. The key, according to this module, is trust between the physician and the victim-patient. One of the objectives of this module is to identify the myths and know the facts about domestic violence; this includes recognizing the national and Maryland statistics concerning domestic violence. Other topics discussed are the definition of domestic violence and its behavioral dynamics, recognition of the types of abuse and the barriers to identification, screening of patients by using this manual's guidelines, recognition of the clinical clues and findings related to domestic violence, and intervention in the domestic violence situation according to manual guidelines. Other topics discussed are documentation of abuse, reporting of abuse, the physician's role in the legal process, legal information for the patient, and domestic violence programs in the community.
Main Term(s): Victim medical assistance
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; Domestic assault prevention; Medical evaluation
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