Domestic Violence: A Handbook for Health Professionals

By Lyn Shipway | Go to book overview

Chapter 6

Domestic violence in a variety of clinical settings

ILLNESS AND INJURY AS A RESULT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

In addition to injuries sustained during violent episodes, physical and psychological abuse are linked to a number of adverse physical health effects including arthritis, chronic neck or back pain, migraine and other frequent headaches, stammering, problems seeing, sexually transmitted infections, chronic pelvic pain, stomach ulcers, spastic colon, and frequent indigestion, diarrhoea, or constipation.

(Family Violence Prevention Fund 1999 [http://www.fvpf.org])

The short-, medium- and long-term effects of domestic abuse on health were discussed in Chapter 2. This chapter will focus on specific health needs including emergency care, mental health intervention, pregnancy, rape, sexual assault, and aspects related to the health and well-being of children. It explores the role of specialist healthcare groups including staff working in Accident and Emergency settings, GP practice settings, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, community and other acute care settings.

In all areas of healthcare, staff meet clients who have experienced, or are experiencing, abuse within an intimate relationship. Therefore, staff at every level of an organization ought to have an understanding of domestic abuse and its implications for the clients and the care they require. There should also be other staff with more detailed knowledge relevant to explicit situations such as emergency care, follow-up care or community care.


STAYING SILENT

When discussing or analysing any aspect of domestic abuse it is important to take into account the mounting feminist discourse on the subject which emphasizes the implications of the wider social origins of abuse. Historically, in seeking to explain domestic abuse, research studies have concentrated on the actions or mind-sets of the individual woman (victim) or abuser, or on their interactions with one another. With such a focus, studies then may fail to acknowledge the substantial impact that gender inequalities play in the overall state of affairs.

Whilst it may be informative for practitioners to analyse psychological and social characteristics of the individual, it is equally important to appreciate that to do so without accepting the wider picture minimizes the problems faced by those being abused. More-

-86-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Domestic Violence: A Handbook for Health Professionals
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 235

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.