Assaults on women are a distressing aspect of A&E work. In a combined prospective and retrospective study, covering a 6-month period, 282 female victims were identified (0.75% of attendances). Although most of the injuries were relatively minor the recording of historical and social factors was poor. Attempted follow up for counselling and support proved ineffective. Better education of the doctors regarding the documentation for such patients, assessment of the social dimensions of their needs and requirement for improving both their immediate care and long term follow-up are discussed.
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