Domestic Violence Victims Missed in Emergency Rooms, Penn Study Shows


Although many hospitals have screenings for victims of domestic violence, most survivors who visited emergency rooms were overlooked, a new study by researchers at the Penn School of Medicine. Women who reported domestic assaults to the police relied heavily on emergency rooms for medical care: Nearly 80 percent came to an emergency room at least once during the four years after their assault. However, researchers found in their study published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, only three out of four domestic violence victims were identified.

Victims were more likely to be identified if they went to the emergency room on the day of the attack.

Access the study here.

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