DID YOU KNOW? Each year over one million women seek medical treatment for injuries obtained by violence committed against them by their intimate partner. One third of battered women see health care professionals, often repeatedly, whereas only seven percent of assaults between spouses are ever reported to the police. Due to the high number of battered women who do not call the police but do seek medical attention for their injuries, health care providers are in a unique position to help fight against domestic violence.
Almost all states have statutes that require physicians to make a report when a patient is injured by a gun, knife, or other deadly weapon, but most states do not have statues that specifically address the responsibilities of physicians to report domestic violence. However, six states – California, Colorado, Kentucky, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Rhode Island – have statues specifically mandating reporting of domestic violence to law enforcement or social services.
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