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Domestic violence and healthThe response of the medical profession$
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Emma Williamson

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781861342157

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861342157.001.0001

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(p.193) Fourteen Conclusion
Domestic violence and health

Emma Williamson

Policy Press

This chapter highlights the key findings of the research on which this book is based. It revisits theoretical discussions that emerge in all three parts, and reiterates the key recommendations which appear at the end of each section. The chapter presents the following findings: women present to healthcare professionals for the validation of their experiences; there was a clear differentiation made between the identification, documentation, and treatment of physical and non-physical injuries; healthcare professionals use cultural myths and stereotypes about women who experience domestic violence that perpetuate their professional frustrations relating to the treatment of domestic-violence-related injuries; the existence of a medical hierarchy undermines the potential of non-medical health professionals to interact positively with women who have domestic-violence-related injuries; and domestic violence, in and of itself, has not undergone medicalisation and is unlikely to.

Keywords:   good practice, domestic violence, women, health professionals, medical hierarchy

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