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Family Violence in Primary Care; Violence Against Women: A Physician's Guide to Identification and Management

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7416.686 (Published 18 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:686
  1. Jocalyn Clark, editorial registrar (jclark@bmj.com)
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    Family Violence in Primary Care


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    Eds Stephen Amiel, Iona Heath

    Oxford University Press, £32.50, pp 442 ISBN 0 19 262828 3

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    Violence Against Women: A Physician's Guide to Identification and Management


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    Eds Jane M Liebschutz, Susan M Frayne, Glenn N Saxe

    American College of Physicians, $30, pp 368

    ISBN 1 930513 11

    www.acponline.org/catalog/books/viol_women.htm

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    In 1985 US surgeon general C Everett Koop declared domestic violence the biggest public health crisis of the decade. In 1994 the United Nations recognised violence against women as a human rights abuse. In the late 1990s national surveys in Canada and the United States reported that a third of women had been physically assaulted by an intimate partner, putting them at risk of injury, a range of physical and emotional health problems, and death. In 2002 a World Health Organization report on violence and health said that up to 70% of female murder victims were killed by their partners or former partners.

    Despite this, the healthcare system's role in alleviating violence against women has a short history. Decades of advocacy and …

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