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Doctors could have greater role in spotting domestic violence

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 11 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:99
  1. Scott Gottlieb, Clegg scholar
  1. BMJ

    Citing a rising tide of domestic violence towards women that often goes unreported, the BMA is calling on doctors to have a greater role in identifying abuse.

    In a 111 page report the BMA said that health care professionals have a major role in helping women to disclose domestic violence and in ensuring that advice and support is then available to them. After family and friends, women are most likely to confide in their GP, the report said.

    Although most women found their GPs and health visitors helpful, some doctors do not probe enough to uncover abusive situations. …

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