Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Incidence Symptoms Evaluation physical findings Treatment Warning Signs Underlying Cause

Abused Spouse Treatment

Treatment for domestic abuse may include:

  • Care for injuries
  • Collection of evidence for domestic abuse
  • Safe environment for domestic abuse
  • Safety plan for domestic abuse
  • Provide shelter for domestic abuse
  • Notify authorities of domestic abuse
  • Social services for domestic abuse
  • Counseling for domestic abuse

The Victim
The most important step is for the victim to acknowledge you are a victim of abuse, and then decide that you are going to do something about it. You may need to relocate to a women's shelter, or the home of a friend or relative. All states have 24-hour domestic violence shelters and hotlines, set up to provide direction for victims.

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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