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Routinely asking women about domestic violence

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 04 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1345

Inquiry may be acceptable in different healthcare environments and to different women

  1. Adrian A Boyle, honorary specialist registrar in emergency medicine (
  1. Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge CB2

    EDITOR—Taket et al debated the value of routinely asking about domestic violence1. Although no one would disagree that domestic violence is a major health problem and that health care offers opportunities to identify a largely hidden problem, …

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