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Letters Intimate partner violence

Violence between intimate partners knows no age limit

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 18 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1327
  1. Desmond O’Neill, associate professor in medical gerontology1,
  2. Clodagh O’Dwyer, senior registrar, medical gerontology1,
  3. Hannah McGee, professor2
  1. 1Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Republic of Ireland
  2. 2Department of Health Services Research, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin 2
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    The emphasis in Hegarty et al’s review of the prevalence of violence between intimate partners is young to middle aged adults.1 Child abuse and domestic violence have rightly received increasing attention and awareness, but the issue of elder abuse still lags behind in this regard. The US National Academy of Sciences noted recently that …

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