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Spouse Abuse

  • Jeanne F. Arnold
  • Peter F. Jeffries


As an issue, spouse abuse has gained prominence during the last 10 years, beginning with the efforts by Erin Pizzey and the publication in 1974 of Scream Quietly, or the Neighbors Will Hear. Spouse abuse and its companion child abuse are two dimensions of domestic violence. Myths regarding the loving, caring family are shattered by the statistic that 1.8 million women in the United States are beaten by their husbands annually and an equal number are assaulted by exhusbands.1,2 Studies by Straus, Gelles, and Steinmetz indicate that women physically attack mates as frequently as men attack their spouses.1,3,4 Domestic violence in the United States accounts for 60% of all police calls, and one-fourth of all homicides result from some type of family dispute.5 One-half of domestic murders were the result of one spouse killing another.6


Domestic Violence Family Physician Family Violence Battered Woman Acad Psychiatry 
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  • Peter F. Jeffries

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