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Domestic Violence—and Hidden Child Abuse?

Domestic Violence—and Hidden Child Abuse?

A 23-year-old undocumented citizen came to a community clinic with her children. She asked to see the social worker. She stated that she was the victim of domestic abuse in her home the night before her visit. She was well known in the clinic and this was not her first experience with domestic violence.

The woman stated that she had always been afraid to leave her husband but now she felt she “had to leave.” She reported that in the past week, her best friend had been murdered by her domestic partner after many years of abuse. All of this had brought her to ask for shelter for herself and her 2 children.

Would you suspect hidden child abuse in this account of domestic violence?

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