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Family Physicians can Help Victims of Domestic Violence
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 05, 2002
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222
If an individual or his/her child is abused, the first thing to do is go to a safe place such as the home of a friend or relative, or an emergency shelter. If an individual does not think he/she can leave the home safely, he/she should contact the police. If possible, individuals should take house keys, money and important papers with them.
Often the family physician is the first point of contact for many victims of domestic violence. A doctor can provide the patient with the names of shelters and support services and treat any related medical problems.
Since 1996, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has received more than 700,000 calls for assistance. Individuals should contact 800-799-7233 to report domestic violence and receive referrals to local service providers for victims of domestic violence.
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