Medicine and Patriarchal Violence: The Social Construction of a “Private” Event

  title={Medicine and Patriarchal Violence: The Social Construction of a “Private” Event},
  author={Evan Stark and Anne H. Flitcraft and William D. Frazier},
  journal={International Journal of Health Services},
  pages={461 - 493}
Our objectives are to describe the pattern of abuse associated with battering and to evaluate the contribution of the medical system and of broader social forces to its emergence. A pilot study of 481 women who used the emergency service of a large metropolitan hospital in the U.S. shows that battering includes a history of self-abuse and psychosocial problems, as well as repeated and escalating physical injury. In addition, although the number of battered women using the service is 10 times… 

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