Fracture Clinics Reveal International Scourge of Domestic Violence

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One in six women referred to orthopedic fracture clinics have been the victims of intimate partner violence in the past year, according to an international study published this week in the medical journal The Lancet.

Researchers for the study, McMaster University in Canada, surveyed 2,945 women attending orthopedic fracture clinics across 12 sites in Canada, the US, the Netherlands, Denmark and India.

One in 50 arrive as a direct result of intimate partner violence, according to the study, and one in three women reported experiencing abuse at some point during their life. Intimate partner violence is the leading cause of non-fatal injuries to women worldwide, according to the study.

Researchers defined intimate partner violence as physical, emotional, or sexual violence at the hands of an intimate partner, but noted that different regions have varied definitions.

“The authors have attempted to minimize these issues, for example by using multiple measures of domestic violence to assess prevalence,” according to The Lancet.

The full study is available for purchase HERE.

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