Domestic violence: can doctors do more to help?

Ray N Moynihan
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10949
Published online: 16 July 2012

Ray Moynihan explores medicine’s evolving response to violence within the family

One of the centrepieces of this week’s Primary Health Care Research Conference in Canberra will be a presentation, billed as “best paper” at the conference, on how general practitioners respond to women who fear violence at the hands of their partners.

  • Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University, Gold Coast, QLD.


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