Domestic Abuse

Evidence

 scarred and bruised abdomen

While the average practitioner may not be in a position to collect detailed physical evidence, having a polaroid-type camera in the office or clinic can be very beneficial for the patient.  There may be legal restrictions on using a digital camera (ask local police department). Printing out digital photos right away and sealing them in an evelope may take away the concern of digital manipulation.

If physical evidence is collected, such as bloody clothing, seal in a paper bag, not plastic, as plastic increases mold/bacterial growth.

Photographs

The Polaroid website, which provided the photo above, also provides imaging tips

[Adapted from Guidelines for the Health Care of Intimate Partner Violence, California Medical Training Center, 2004]

 

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