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DESLANDES, Suely F.; GOMES, Romeu  and  SILVA, Cosme Marcelo Furtado Passos da. Characterization of the cases of domestic violence against women assisted in two public hospitals of Rio Janeiro. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2000, vol.16, n.1, pp.129-137. ISSN 1678-4464.

This paper aims at: (a) to analyze the distribution of the cases of domestic violence against women (adolescent and adult) in relation to emergency care due to external causes; (b) to characterize the victims and the rendered care; (c) to analyze the circumstances in which events happened. In methodological terms, it tries to articulate the quantitative and qualitative approaches. The study was developed in two public hospitals of reference placed in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Of the 72 assisted women, most referred to the husband, the partner or the boyfriend as the aggressor (69,4%) and were beaten (70.4%), especially on the face and on the head. The study cames to the conclusion that the health services should provide a good clinical care and promote prevention's actions.

Keywords : Battered Women; Domestic Violence; Emergency Medical Services.

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