M. Christine King is an associate professor at the School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is codirector of the Primary Care Project for Abused Women and one of the founders of the Health Nursing Network on Violence and Abuse International. She initiated the primary care nurse practitioner graduate program at the School of Nursing and is currently developing an adolescent primary health care project based in an urban technical vocational high school. She has presented her work on the abuse of women at national and international meetings.
WOMAN ABUSE: The Role of Nurse-Midwives in Assessment
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1996 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 41, Issue 6, pages 436–441, November-December 1996
How to Cite
King, M. C. and Ryan, J. (1996), WOMAN ABUSE: The Role of Nurse-Midwives in Assessment. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 41: 436–441. doi: 10.1016/S0091-2182(96)00095-X
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
When health care providers do not assess routinely for abuse, it most likely is a result of the powerful social myths surrounding domestic violence and a lack of knowledge about incidence, prevalence, and the dynamics of abuse. This article examines commonly held myths as well as personal and social constraints that cause practitioners not to assess for abuse. Additionally, it presents guidelines for the assessment of individual women, as well as professional role development in the area of abuse of women and suggests that nurse-midwives are generally well positioned to assess their clients for the health problems of violence and abuse.