Häusliche Gewalt bei Patienten - durch medizinische Fachkräfte vermutlich unterschätzt Eine Vollerhebung bei Dresdner und Chemnitzer niedergelassenen medizinischen Fachkräften und solchen des Dresdner Universitätsklinikums

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Medical staffs have a key role in the adequate treatment of victims of domestic violence. The present study collects self-report data about subjective perception, general knowledge and motivation for further training about domestic violence from medical staff of inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. A questionnaire was developed and sent to doctors, nursing staff, midwives, and psychotherapists working in outpatient clinical settings in Dresden and Chemnitz and in the inpatient departments of the Medical University of Dresden in Saxony, Germany. 1,107 (23%) of 4,886 distributed questionnaires were returned and analysed. The participants reported that they were seldom confronted with the consequences of domestic violence in their clinical practice. The unawareness among staff in specialised care facilities and advisory centres was highly noticeable. More than 90% of the participants did not know the main advisory centre for victims of domestic violence. Even if some facilities were known there was virtually no contact. The majority was not satisfied with the level of support they were able to offer. Further difficulties pointed out by participants included lack of time and the assumption that victims were unwilling to answer questions about domestic violence. The participants also expressed a high demand for further training.

Translated title of the contribution
Domestic violence in patients - underestimated by medical staff
self-report data from medical staff of the outpatient clinical settings in Dresden and Chemnitz and of the inpatient departments of the Medical University of Dresden in Saxony, Germany


Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)452-8
Number of pages7
JournalZeitschrift fur Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitat im Gesundheitswesen
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2011



  • Adult, Attitude of Health Personnel, Cross-Sectional Studies, Domestic Violence/prevention & control, Female, Germany, Health Services Accessibility, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Patient Care Team, Referral and Consultation, Young Adult