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A poster wrote that "domestic violence isn't something gp's deal with "---- it's my understanding that a doctor in any area of medicine can and at some point likely will encounter patients who present with injuries due to dv--- any doctor is ethically responsible to be aware of this and to be observant of any symptoms or injuries, and certain behaviors or comments that could indicate dv. It is common for a victim of dv for example to see a doctor for another reason for example, anxiety. If the doctor has his eyes open and notices the patient has a couple bruises on her arms or seems guarded about sharing information, that's just an example of something that would tip off a doctor who has his eyes half open to the possibility of dv. At that point the doctor should raise in a sensitive manner if the patient is safe at home. Some doctors offices now ask as a matter of routine to all patients if they are safe at home. So I disagree that a gp doctor doesn't encounter dv or have a responsibility to address it.
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