Study: Doctors undertrained on diagnosing domestic violence injuries

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 6:40 PM

(KMOV.com) -- New research reveals that some doctors often miss domestic violence as the cause of injuries they treat.

Researchers at the University of Missouri found that fewer than 25 percent of orthopedic surgeons in the US had domestic violence training.

An international survey found that up to 40 percent of orthopedic trauma clinic patients are victims of domestic violence.

Advocates for battered women say many types of doctors should have the training.

 “Women that have been the victims of domestic violence and survivors usually suffer from arthritis, migraines and even gastro intestinal disturbances,” said Sylvia Jackson with The Women’s Safe House. “So to me that’s three different doctors there that should be screening for domestic violence.” 

Officials with The Women’s Safe House say local hospitals do a good job of screening for domestic violence.

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