Domestic Violence

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Domestic violence has gotten so bad now that it is recognized as a national health problem (Yonaka, L, et al.). Statistics done by the Bureau of Justice between the years 2001 and 2005 showed that about 511,000 violent assaults were made against women, and about 105,00 against men by their spouse or partner, half resulting in physical injury. In another statistic, about one in six pregnant women were reported for domestic violence cases (“Screening for Abuse May Be Key to Ending It.”). The affects that the domestic violence had in the health of the fetus was that the baby had a delay in prenatal care, and the risk for low birth weight had gone up. Another thing that came into play here was the maternal weight gain The woman been abused did…show more content…
The reporting could also trouble a victim who already had a safety plan established. This could cause the victim to escape before planned and could increase the possibility of injuries (The Florida Bar). One positive thing about mandatory reporting laws is that they can increase the detection and documentation of the abuse done to the victim. It can also help the investigation of the perpetrator (Sachs, Carolyn J.). It can improve the data evidence on domestic violence as well. Also, knowing about the domestic abuse a patient is going through can help his/her doctor find better ways to assist the patient. Mandatory reporting can hold the perpetrator responsible for the injuries of the victim, but then again it could make matters worse for the victim (“HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS…”). One of the best ways a doctor could find out if the victim is going through domestic abuse would be through screening (“HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS...”). There are two ways of screening a victim: individualized and general. Other ways would be through the documentation of the domestic abuse. Writing a very detailed and accurate report is one of the main things that could help women in a court hearing if the case does indeed go to court; not to mention that pictures are also vital (Isaa, Nancy E., and V P. Enos). Doctors could refer the victims to help within the community, and also they should keep their patients information private monitoring who has control over his/her files

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