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The Challenge of Involving Medical Doctors as Important Frontline Responders in Fighting Domestic Violence

View of The Challenge of Involving Medical Doctors as Important Frontline Responders in Fighting Domestic Violence

In this paper, originally published on the CEPOL Europe website, our own Professor Bettina Pflederer, has issued this important paper, titled:  View of The Challenge of Involving Medical Doctors as Important Frontline Responders in Fighting Domestic Violence. We are very proud of Professor Pflederer’s work and thank her for her immense commitment to fight against violence against women and girls.


Abstract

For victims of domestic violence, medical problems in the short-term are injuries and in the long-term health issues such as mental health problems, consequences of untreated sexual
transmitted diseases or stress-related health issues evolving from the abuse they’ve experienced by a partner or any other family member. This inevitably makes victims seek the help of the
medical profession sooner or later. The medical profession is therefore an important stakeholder in the group of frontline responders detecting and intervening domestic abuse.

Unfortunately, the medical profession is often not an active partner in frontline responder networks based on interviews (n = 296) we conducted in the IMPRODOVA project 1. In this article, problems cutting medical professionals out of the networks of frontline responders and reasons why they should be integrated are presented. The paper also discusses what needs to be changed in order to better integrate the medical profession in the circle of frontline responders working against domestic violence.

 

View the paper here: https://bulletin.cepol.europa.eu/index.php/bulletin/article/view/414/333

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