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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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Definitions of domestic violence, roles and responsibilities

Definitions of domestic violence, roles and responsibilities

(p.79) Six Definitions of domestic violence, roles and responsibilities
Domestic violence and health

Emma Williamson

Policy Press

Part Two of this text focuses on the perceptions of healthcare professionals. This chapter focuses on definitions of domestic violence suggested by stage-two participants. This question was asked to ascertain whether any of the healthcare professionals worked to guidelines or a strategic definition of domestic violence. All the stage-two participants were asked ‘How would you define domestic violence?’. Asking this question, in conjunction with questions about the general role of specific healthcare professionals, was intended to examine how participants located domestic violence within medical discourse, both theoretically and in relation to their clinical practice.

Keywords:   healthcare professionals, domestic violence, medical discourse, clinical practice

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