The impact of domestic violence on individuals

Jill Astbury, Judy Atkinson, Janet E. Duke, Patricia Easteal, Susan E. Kurrle, Paul R. Tait, Jane Turner

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There is extensive evidence of the adverse effects of domestic violence across all age groups and cultural backgrounds. The impact of domestic violence may be long-term, affecting emotional adjustment, physical health and subsequent relationships. Health professionals should be aware of the confounding effect of youth, age and cultural diversity on presentation. Shame and isolation militate against disclosure. Specific, sensitive questioning that incorporates awareness of cultural and social issues is essential to detect domestic violence and initiate appropriate assistance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-431
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2000


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