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JAMA. 2003 Feb 5;289(5):601-5.

Interventions for intimate partner violence against women: clinical applications.

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Section of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago, 5841 S Maryland Ave, MC 5068, Chicago, IL 60637, USA.


Sufficient evidence regarding the effectiveness of physician screening, counseling, and referral for intimate partner violence is lacking. However, even in the absence of sufficient evidence, many medical organizations recommend that physicians make efforts to identify and refer patients who have experienced abuse. This article presents 3 cases that illustrate the interaction between patients experiencing violence in intimate relationships and physicians and other members of the health care team. Suggestions for care are based on guidelines and evidence where available. Resources to assist physicians with referral to appropriate services also are provided.

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