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It is a fact of life that one cannot rule out accidental injuries in daily living; however, there are patterns of injuries in a woman that should raise a doctor's index of suspicion about the presence of domestic violence in a woman's relationship. Abused women typically delay seeking medical attention because they are either reluctant to implicate their partner or are unable to leave home to seek medical attention. The following pattern has been documented in many cases of domestic violence: Physical Injuries Injuries to the head and neck region of the body; this is the site of about 50% of abusive injuries. This includes: eardrum rupture as a result of slaps or blows to the side of the head, broken or loose tooth, scars or bruises on this part of the body. The injury distribution takes the pattern of a bathing suit; the injuries affect areas that are usually covered by clothing and this prevents them from being seen. When some parts of the body such as the breasts, buttocks and genitals are affected, it is often a manifestation of sexual abuse and the goal of the abuser is to destroy the victim's sex appeal. Skin injuries are common and they include cigarette burns, bite marks, welts with the outline of tools of aggression such belt buckle marks, and bruises in various stages of healing. Injuries affecting the limbs such as limb fractures and shoulder injuries are common. Injuries affecting the parts of the body which an abuse victim instinctively uses to fend off attack from an abuser. This includes injuries on the small finger side of the forearm or the palm when used to block blows to the head and chest, the sides of the feet when used to kick away an assailant, the back, legs, buttocks and back of the head when the woman is crouched on the floor. An abused woman may present with injuries that are inconsistent with the explanations given for them or have bizarre complaints which are not backed by physical findings on examination. Psychological or Emotional Injuries This may manifest as low self-esteem and a tendency towards social isolation. It may present as psychosomatic complaints such as choking sensations, numbness, palpitations, neck pains and persistent headache. Development of the battered personality is the most severe manifestation of the psychological or emotional injury of the physically abused wife. The woman is typically withdrawn, reserved, depressed, and anxious with low self-esteem, poor self-image and inability to cope with life's demands. She is afraid to leave the partner because change may bring about loneliness while fear of the unknown may be worse than the beatings she gets from the partner.


What immediate help can you render a battered woman? Try and get her to talk to her healthcare giver. Getting a battered woman to talk to a caregiver about her situation may help her admit what she had been too embarrassed to disclose to close family members and friends. She would want the caregiver to share in her belief that with time, her battering would stop; however it is the caregiver that would convince her that the usual pattern in situations like hers is for the battering to continue unless she leaves the relationship. The caregiver would help her contact relevant agencies that help battered women who will put an end to her travail. It requires great tact, wit and patience to bring battered women out of their shell because with time, they internalize the false belief that the battering is all their fault.

Dr Francis Edo Olotu is the Medical Director of Christ Hospital, Ondo. He is also a family counselor who regularly counsels married persons and administers pre-marriage counseling to couples about to marry in his home church of St John Bosco Catholic Church Ondo. He is a frequently featured speaker in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. He is married to Catherine and their marriage is blessed with four children in the age bracket of twelve to twenty two. Dr Olotu is the author of the following books: The Amazing Power in Fatherhood; Releasing the Power in Fatherhood as well as Your Guide to Cancer Prevention.

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