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Physical Injury From Intimate Partner Violence: Measurement Strategies and Challenges

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  • Rachel B. Baker,

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    1. PhD, RN, MSW, outcomes manager, Department of Patient Services, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, OH
      Rachel B. Baker, PhD, RN, MSW, Department of Patient Services, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Avenue, ML 5006, Cincinnati, OH 45229.
      rachel.baker@cchmc.org
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  • Marilyn S. Sommers

    1. PhD, RN, FAAN, Lillian S. Brunner professor of medical-surgical nursing, Center for Health Disparities Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia
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Rachel B. Baker, PhD, RN, MSW, Department of Patient Services, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Avenue, ML 5006, Cincinnati, OH 45229.
rachel.baker@cchmc.org

ABSTRACT

Physical injury that occurs as a result of intimate partner violence needs to be treated to relieve pain, promote healing, and prevent infection. Detection of physical injury is an important component of the forensic examination because of its role in criminal justice proceedings. Better detection and measurement techniques are needed to quantify physical injuries and advance the science. This article addresses current practices of injury identification, challenges in injury measurement, and future directions for research.

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