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June 1992

Family Violence, Child Abuse, and Anogenital Warts

Author Affiliations

Department of Dermatology and Pediatrics; Department of Pediatrics University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX 77555-0783

Arch Dermatol. 1992;128(6):842-844. doi:10.1001/archderm.1992.01680160126019

Violence within the family is a problem that has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. According to "Family Violence: An Overview," published in January 1990 by the US Department of Health and Human Services, 1100 children are known to have died as a result of abuse or neglect in 1986 (the actual number is probably much larger). A 1979 Federal Bureau of Investigation report stated that 40% of murdered women and 10% of murdered men were killed by partners. Each year an estimated 2 to 4 million children suffer abuse or neglect at the hand of a parent, and 1.5 to 2 million women are battered by their partners. For many unfortunate Americans, home is anything but a sanctuary.

In addition to possible death or permanent physical impairment, child victims of family violence may suffer long-term psychological consequences. Some children withdraw and develop feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, hopelessness, and depression. Others exhibit aggressive and impulsive behavior and

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