Domestic violence is a highly prevalent event in the United States. Health providers frequently treat abused patients; however, many do not routinely assess for family violence or suspect it when the injuries seem fairly obvious. Because abused women feel stigmatized by the violence, they are hesitant to volunteer the abuse. In 1990, the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations added requirements for emergency and ambulatory care services to develop and use protocols for the identification of violence among patients. This article addresses the ethical and legal dilemmas facing nurses that influence their assessment and intervention in family violence.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||AWHONN"s clinical issues in perinatal and women"s health nursing|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1993|
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