Domestic Violence Screening and Intervention in Medical and Mental Healthcare Settings

Domestic Violence Screening and Intervention in Medical and Mental Healthcare Settings

Domestic Violence Screening and Intervention in Medical and Mental Healthcare Settings

Domestic Violence Screening and Intervention in Medical and Mental Healthcare Settings

Synopsis

"This book reviews the literature on screening, identification, intervention and prevention of partner violence across healthcare specialties and disciplines to benefit the development of effective domestic violence prevention programs. Primary care, psychiatric and mental health care, emergency department settings as well as subspecialties such as emergency rooms, ophthalmology, and infectious disease are considered." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

This book is an outgrowth of a symposium sponsored by the Department of Defense to develop a research agenda focusing on prevention of intimate partner violence. the 2002 Symposium brought together more than 40 domestic violence experts, researchers, and health care professionals from the Armed Forces, academia, and civilian governmental and nonprofit agencies to ascertain the empirical basis for policy and program development in preventing domestic violence, and to develop a research agenda for preventing domestic violence. As one of the coordinators of that symposium, I am delighted to see the important contribution Drs. Hamberger and Phelan made to the symposium being expanded and published in this book.

In recent years, the prevention of intimate partner violence has become a national and international public health priority. Organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Foege, Rosenberg & Mercy, 1995), the World Health Organization (World Health Assembly, 1996), the American Medical Association (Marwick, 1998), and the American College of Emergency Physicians (1995) have issued strong policy statements regarding the priority of this issue. This book offers a much-needed stimulus for the health care field in putting these policy statements into action.

In this book Hamberger and Phelan provide a comprehensive review of the literature addressing intimate partner violence in a wide variety of health care settings including maternal care, primary care, psychiatric, mental health, and emergency department settings. They review barriers to screening, identifying, and helping partner violence victims in health care settings and discuss efforts being made to overcome these barriers. They discuss research addressing challenges with mandatory reporting of domestic violence and with identifying domestically violent men in medical settings. Throughout this comprehensive volume, Hamberger . . .

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