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Approximately 1.5 million women in the United States are physically
or sexually assaulted by an intimate partner (IP) each year.1
The Woman Abuse Tracking in Clinics and Hospitals (WATCH) Project at the Massachusetts
Department of Public Health analyzed data from the 1996 and 1997 Behavioral
Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) in Massachusetts to (1) estimate the
percentage of women aged 18-59 years experiencing intimate partner violence
(IPV) who used medical care, police assistance, and restraining orders during
the preceding 5 years, (2) determine where women experiencing IPV went for
medical care, and (3) examine the overlap in use of these three services.
This report describes the results of these analyses, which indicate that a
higher percentage of women aged 18-59 years use police assistance rather than
obtain a restraining order or seek medical care.
Use of Medical Care, Police Assistance, and Restraining Orders by Women Reporting Intimate Partner Violence—Massachusetts, 1996-1997. JAMA. 2000;284(5):558–559. doi:10.1001/jama.284.5.558
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