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Women's health

Domestic violence. What is the role of the GP?

Ellie Freedman

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Abstract

Family, domestic and sexual violence is a major health and welfare issue in Australia. By being responsive to patient presentation and behaviour, GPs can play a pivotal role in the health response to domestic violence. An awareness of how to respond appropriately can help GPs provide the best support and advice for patients affected by domestic violence.

Article Extract

Family, domestic and sexual violence is a major health and welfare issue that occurs across all ages, and socioeconomic and demographic groups worldwide. It can affect people in heterosexual or same sex relationships and predominantly affects women and children.

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