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    List some of the common ways to identify an individual who is a victim of domestic violence. Explain how to effectively approach a situation in which a person you encounter is a victim of this crime. Support your position with evidence, research, and/or data. (List citations as necessary.)

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    There are some very obvious and some not so obvious ways to identify victims of domestic violence.

    The most obvious are the physical signs such as bruising on the body, especially on parts that cannot be hidden, such as the face.

    Frequent crying and anyone who seems depressed.
    If it's a co-worker, the co-worker may be consistently absent from work and when present, does not engage in social interactions with other co-workers and keeps to themselves most of the time.

    Decreased productivity and attentiveness.
    Isolation from friends and family.
    Insufficient resources to live (money, credit cards, car).
    Anxiety attacks
    Low self-esteem
    Lack of trust in others
    Feelings of abandonment
    Sensitivity to rejection
    Chronic health problems
    Sleeping problems
    Inability to work
    Poor relationships
    Substance abuse

    If the person visits a doctor for the following reasons or the doctor observes any of the following, it can mean that the person (either male or female) is a victim of domestic violence.

    Multiple visits for vague somatic complaints
    Frequent walk-in or ER visits
    Multiple missed appointments
    Previous abusive relationships or child abuse
    Depression/anxiety/panic disorder
    Personality disorder
    Past suicide attempts
    Over-solicitous partner who will not leave the patient
    On the Physical exam:
    Central pattern of injury, multiple injuries
    Facial bruises/fractures, tympanic membrane rupture
    Breast injuries/broken ribs
    Multiple injuries in various stages of healing
    Burns in unusual places or ...

    Solution Summary

    Characteristics of women who are victims of domestic abuse/violence.