Survivors of domestic violence: demographics and disparities in visitors to an interdisciplinary specialty clinic

Fam Community Health. 2006 Apr-Jun;29(2):118-30. doi: 10.1097/00003727-200604000-00007.


Although the traditional response to domestic violence has been undertaken by legal and human service agencies, this societal issue has become increasingly recognized as a national public health concern. While identification and intervention in cases of domestic violence are widely recommended, little data exist on intervention outcomes. This retrospective study describes similarities and disparities in sociodemographic variables, health status, referral characteristics, and management strategies among patients referred to a specialty clinic for survivors of domestic violence.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ambulatory Care Facilities*
  • Demography*
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Racial Groups
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Spouse Abuse / ethnology
  • Spouse Abuse / statistics & numerical data*
  • Women's Health Services / statistics & numerical data*