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GARCIA, Marilúcia Vieira et al. Violence against women: analysis of cases treated at three services in the city of Uberlândia, Minas Gerais State, Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2008, vol.24, n.11, pp.2551-2563. ISSN 1678-4464.

This study analyzes epidemiological and clinical aspects of violence against women, using three data sources: medical records at the University Hospital in Uberlândia, Minas Gerais State, Brazil; treatment forms from the nongovernmental organization SOS Action for Women and Families; forensic reports on bodily injuries and autopsies from the Medical Examiner's Office. At the University Hospital and Medical Examiner's Office, the records related mainly to physical aggression, with no reference to psychological abuse in the medical charts or forensic reports, revealing that in primary health care services, such violence is only identified through post-aggression interviews with victims. Records at the nongovernmental organization referred mainly to psychological and physical abuse. The three sources showed little reference to sexual violence, corroborating data from the literature on this issue's invisibility, especially conjugal sexual violence suffered by women that seek treatment at these services. According to the current study's findings, the types of violence against women recorded at these three public health and social services differ according to the specific characteristics of the services they provide.

Keywords : Violence Against Women; Aggression; Health Services.

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