Your Patient. My Client. Her Safety: A Physician’s Guide to Avoiding the Courtroom While Helping Victims of Domestic Violence
Because victims will sometimes seek help from the medical community first, physicians need a basic overview of the law, legal issues, and understanding of victim rights and resources. Alternatively, attorneys need a basic overview of medical issues and understanding of domestic violence injuries. Victims need support and referrals from their physicians. They need advocacy from shelter providers and community based organizations to help them stay safe. They need access to legal assistance from attorneys to protect their rights. They also need abusers to be held accountable by the judicial system. Domestic violence is everyone’s responsibility.