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Simplifying physicians' response to domestic violence

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Published Date
May, 2000
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This article proposes involving physicians in domestic violence intervention in four key areas (AVDR): asking all patients about abuse; validating the message that battering is wrong and confirming the patient's worth; documenting signs, symptoms, and disclosures; and referring victims to domestic violence specialists. According to the author, the AVDR approach would allow physicians to be proactive in responding to domestic violence.