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NCJ Number: 92748 Find in a Library
Title: Emergency Room Intervention - Detection, Assessment, and Treatment (From Battered Women and Their Families, P 7-32, 1984, Albert R Roberts, ed. - See NCJ-92747)
Author(s): K S Klingbeil; V D Boyd
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Springer Publishing Co
New York, NY 10036
Sale Source: Springer Publishing Co
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New York, NY 10036
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The detection, diagnosis, and treatment of the battered woman syndrome is a complicated and time-consuming phenomenon for the personnel of a hospital emergency room.
Abstract: However, this syndrome, unlike other kinds of medical syndromes often seen in emergency rooms, entails a common set of behavioral factors as well as the need for primary diagnosis and specific kinds of treatment. Health care providers need accurate information about the syndrome so that they can avoid operating under the societal myths which interfere with appropriate health care. In addition, they need to be aware that victims frequently minimize their experiences, thus hindering an accurate diagnosis. Using a standardized protocol such as that used by the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., can aid the processes of assessment and treatment planning. Battered woman syndrome must be made as a primary diagnosis which then leads to appropriate treatment approaches. A behavioral approach using known characteristics of victims of battering is the best basis for diagnosis. Knowledge of currently available treatment resources is also necessary to reduce recidivism. This standardization of the detection, assessment, and treatment of battered women in hospital emergency rooms is an important way to help eliminate the cycle of family violence. The Harborview protocol, a chart showing myths and contrasting clinical findings regarding domestic violence, and 22 references are provided.
Index Term(s): Battered woman syndrome; Domestic assault; Medical evaluation; Spouse abuse detection; Washington
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