The problem of partner violence has assumed a level of importance in the field of medicine only within the past 5 to 10 years.
Impetus for this increased interest lies with strong leadership from two previous surgeons general.
Another source of impetus is a growing research body which clearly shows that violence, especially partner violence, (a) is not rare in medical settings, and (b) results in considerable morbidity and mortality.
This article briefly reviews research on incidence and prevalence of violence victimization among medical system utilizers.
Literature illustrating a dearth of physician identification and response to victims of violence is also considered.
Finally, given the high rates of violence victims in medical practice and the relative lack of appropriate physician response, it is argued that a need exists for physician training in identification and intervention with violence victims.
Mots-clés Pascal : Victimologie, Milieu familial, Environnement social, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, Formation professionnelle, Personnel sanitaire, Médecin généraliste, Santé mentale, Homme, Femelle, Femme maltraitée
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Victimology, Family environment, Social environment, Prevalence, Epidemiology, Occupational training, Health staff, General practitioner, Mental health, Human, Female, Abused woman
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0173086
Code Inist : 002B18F01. Création : 11/09/1998.