Health Questions and Answers

Question: How many women who present to an Emergency Room (ER) for care are there because of injuries or illness caused by Intimate partner violence (IPV)?

Answer:

Studies indicate that approximately 10% to 14% of women who present to an ED are there
because of illness or injuries related to partner abuse. Approximately 2% to 3% of all women seen in an ED have an acute injury caused by domestic assault.

Reference: Abbott J, Johnson R, Koziol-McLain J, et al: Domestic violence against women: Incidence and prevalence in an emergency department population. JAMA 273:1763-1767, 1995.

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