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November 13, 1991

AMA, Joint Commission Urge Physicians Become Part of Solution to Family Violence Epidemic

JAMA. 1991;266(18):2524-2527. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470180024006

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THE AMERICAN MEDICAL Association (AMA) is urging all physicians to help stop the epidemic of family violence that has reached staggering proportions in the United States. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Ga, has designated interpersonal violence as a major public health problem that rivals cancer and heart disease in terms of loss of life and cost to society.

Physicians in all specialties are already treating the consequences of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and child and elder abuse. Now the AMA is asking physicians to be aware that violence may be a cause of these injuries and to inform their patients (who are victims) of resources that can help them.

To heighten physician awareness of this major health problem, and to increase knowledge regarding its diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, the AMA specifically has launched the National Campaign Against Family Violence. Details of the campaign were revealed in a press