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Use of Nonmedical and Pediatric Primary Care Medical Services by Families Who Call Police for Domestic Violence-Related Issues

NCJ Number
Violence Against Women Volume: 17 Issue: 11 Dated: November 2011 Pages: 1409-1420
Danielle Thomas-Taylor; Catherine Cerulli
Date Published
November 2011
22 pages
This study considered domestic violence (DV) victims' court and social service utilization.
This study considers domestic violence (DV) victims' court and social service utilization (n = 86). The study next examines the victims' pediatric provider to explore pediatricians' roles in a community-based response to DV. Sixty-five percent of the sample who used DV-related services interacted with the pediatric community. Pediatric inner-city clinic-based patients appear in the welfare management system and child protective system at similar rates as private pediatric patients. However, clinic-based patients appear in family court more than privately based patients (91 percent vs. 57 percent). Data suggest that all pediatric providers should screen, assess, and refer parents for DV. (Published Abstract)