Medication to calm the perpetrator of the violence
A list of community resources
A referral for self-defense training
A referral to the victim's religious advisor
"What brings you to the clinic today?"
"What can we do to help you today?"
"Do you feel safe in your current relationship?"
"Have you changed your diet lately?"
"Do you have any family in the area that can help?"
"Have you thought about hurting yourself or someone else?"
"Have you thought about moving to a different city?"
"Have you discussed this with anyone else?"
A Caucasian, 6-month-old infant living with a single mother
An African-American, 24-month-old child living with her grandmother
A Mexican, 3-year-old child living in an inner city apartment
A Japanese, 8-year-old child living in a home with three generations of family
There is not a good legal pathway to help persons in abusive relationships.
The abused person may return to the abusive home setting.
Hospital policies do not identify the legal care needed for abused persons.
Because length of care is short in the emergency department, there is little staff can do for patients who have been abused.