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May 7, 2003

Intervening in Abusive Relationships—Reply

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(17):2211-2212. doi:10.1001/jama.289.17.2211-a

To the Editor: In discussing interventions for intimate partner violence, Drs Rhodes and Levinson1 presented 3 cases. In Case 1 the intervention is that an emergency physician informs the primary care physician about a patient's history. In Case 2, the patient is referred to a social worker who encourages the woman to talk to her extended family and refers her to a support group. In Case 3, the physician prescribes a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, refers the patient to a neck and back pain specialist, documents the abusive situation, and refers the patient to a community mental health program.