A study of battered women presenting in an emergency department

Am J Public Health. 1989 Jan;79(1):65-6. doi: 10.2105/ajph.79.1.65.


Medical records of female trauma patients were retrospectively reviewed prior to introducing a protocol for enhancing identification of battered women; 5.6 per cent of 359 female trauma patients were identified as having injuries caused by battering; 30 per cent of 412 patients following use of the protocol were so identified. Standardized protocols for identifying battered women among female trauma patients should be instituted in emergency departments.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Clinical Protocols
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pennsylvania
  • Pilot Projects
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Spouse Abuse*
  • Wounds and Injuries / etiology*