Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Incidence Symptoms Evaluation physical findings Treatment Warning Signs Underlying Cause

Domestic Violence Evaluation

Evaluation of domestic abuse begins with a complete history and physical examination. Important information is frequently provided by family members.

Physical findings are present in those victims of domestic abuse who are physically abused or neglected. The lack of physical evidence for injuries does not exclude abuse.

Domestic Violence Physical Findings

Physical findings in victims of domestic abuse include:

Signs of previous injury are common in domestic abuse:
  • Healed fractures
  • Partial loss of sight or hearing
  • Scars

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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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