Emergency Care of Battered Women

  • Ronnie F. Ryback
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


The numbers of battering victims presenting to emergency settings have increased in the past decade. Currently, there are an estimated 2.8 million battered women in the United States, constituting more than half the married women in this country.1 These figures do not include women who are beaten by boyfriends and lovers, or a staggering number of unreported or unidentified cases. Women who fear the stigma of public humiliation and the very real danger of retaliation by husband or lover are reluctant to identify the actual cause of their injuries or distress and most often present to the emergency room as unwitting victims of accidents, not abuse. This chapter deals with both those women who identify themselves as battering victims and those who deny the assault; in both situations, the general principles of emergency care are described.


Domestic Violence Physical Injury Battered Woman Wife Beating Explosive Outburst 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronnie F. Ryback
    • 1
  1. 1.Beth Israel HospitalBostonUSA

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