Case Description: 32-year-old female patient presenting with knee painEdit

Charlotte is a 32-year-old female patient who presents to her primary care doctor with knee pain. The interview soon reveals that the etiology of her knee pain and many other bruises and health problems is from domestic abuse. This case explores the physician's role in such situations and how to approach such subjects with patients.

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The eMedicine article on Domestic Violence has a number of interesting points.

Domestic Domestic Violence Crisis help in your area

YWCA Crisis Hotline in Richmond is 643-0888.

YWCA Crisis Hotline in Chesterfield is 796-3066.

Safe Harbor, a shelter in Richmond/Henrico is 287-7877.

The Virginia Hotline for Family Violence & Sexual Assault is 1-800-838-8238, and their web site is The National Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE.

At VCU, we have a sexual assault and domestic violence counselor, Tammy McKeown, at 828-2085. She is in the Office of Health Promotion on the Monroe Park Campus.

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