Domestic Abuse Overview
What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse includes physical and psychological abuse that occurs in a household or family. Abuse can take many forms: assault, battery, stalking, kidnapping, imprisonment or psychological torture. Child abuse, sexual abuse, and elder abuse are forms of domestic abuse when they occur in a household or family. About 60 percent of victims of domestic abuse are married women.
What are the symptoms of domestic abuse?
Any injury can result from physical abuse. Commonly, multiple injuries are present, and injuries may occur on both sides of the body. Injuries include contusions, abrasions, lacerations, and fractures. Emotional symptoms include anxiety and depression.
How does the doctor treat domestic abuse?
Treatment for domestic abuse may include care for physical injuries, establishment of a safe environment, counseling, and social services intervention.
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