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J Med Ethics 5:117-123 doi:10.1136/jme.5.3.117
  • Research Article

The general practitioner and the problems of battered women.

Abstract

This paper discusses the responsibility of general practitioners who are consulted by women who have been physically injured by the men with whom they live. The paper draws on a study of 50 women who were interviewed at a refuge for battered women, and considers the help which they received, or did not receive, from their general practitioners. Such women are likely to face many difficulties: it is perhaps the essence of their problem that, because it is potentially the concern of so many people, it can so easily become the concern of nobody--except of the woman herself.