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June 1999

Domestic Violence in Neurologic Practice

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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

Arch Neurol. 1999;56(6):659-660. doi:10.1001/archneur.56.6.659

ONLY RECENTLY has domestic violence been recognized as an epidemic public health problem, and it is a serious and underreported issue for patients with neurologic disorders. Children, women, pregnant women, and the elderly are the most recognized victims. In this issue of the ARCHIVES, we learn that patients with a number of chronic neurologic disorders (eg, epilepsy, headache, migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, and vertigo) also are vulnerable.1 Physicians are often reluctant to pursue this question because of time constraints, fear of offending, a sense of powerlessness, and discomfort with the issue.2 Most practicing physicians have had no training to deal with this problem.

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