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Domestic Violence Resources on the Internet

Peggy Goodman, MD
JAMA. 1998;280(5):477-478. doi:10.1001/jama.280.5.477.
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Domestic violence is a universal health care problem, affecting millions of individuals worldwide. In the United States alone, approximately 2 million women per year report abuse episodes.2 Due to the social stigma of domestic violence, lack of family and community support, risks of escalated violence, and an uncertain future after intervention, episodes are often not reported, especially in small towns, rural areas, and among same-sex or military populations. Because domestic violence has medical, socioeconomic, legal, and community considerations, a broad range of resources is often needed to address it appropriately. Yet despite the widespread nature of the problem, domestic violence resources, and access to them, vary widely among towns, counties, states, and countries. Although no substitute for direct interventions, the Internet and World Wide Web present opportunities to direct health professionals and their patients to useful resources that could contribute to improved management of this pressing problem.

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