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Medical News & Perspectives
August 11, 1999

Case Management for Domestic Violence

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JAMA. 1999;282(6):513-514. doi:10.1001/jama.282.6.513

Atlanta—"When I was pregnant my husband started smashing me in the face, throwing me against the walls, and kicking me," recalled Sara Buel, JD, cofounder of the National Training Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, at the National Conference on Violence and Reproductive Health.

Buel attended a prenatal care clinic in the early 1970s, where the nurses never asked if she was being abused. "But they were so empathetic, so caring, and so sweet to me that I kept going back," she said. Now, said Buel (who is no longer married to her abuser), "health care professionals should screen all women for domestic violence because universal screening has become the standard of care."

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