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Mandatory reporting of intimate partner violence: safety or retaliatory abuse for women?



Mandatory reporting of intimate partner violence: safety or retaliatory abuse for women?



Journal of Women's Health and Gender-Based Medicine 9(1): 75-78



We wished to ascertain abused women's perspectives on mandatory reporting of intimate partner violence. A consecutive sample of 161 abused women accessing the criminal justice system were asked six questions. Most women (81%) thought there should be a law making the nurse or doctor report the abuse, with less than half of the women (45%) reporting they would have been at greater risk for abuse following a mandatory report. Although these 161 abused women support mandatory reporting of partner abuse, it remains unclear if such a law would deter further abuse. Outcome and evaluation studies of mandatory reporting laws are urgently needed.

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Accession: 046619607

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PMID: 10718509

DOI: 10.1089/152460900318993


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