Exposure to violence in intimate relationships - a clinical case

  • Jacinta Rodrigues Fonseca Department of Pediatrics, Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho
  • Catarina Maia Department of Pediatrics, Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho
  • Sara Melo Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit, Department of Pediatrics, Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho
  • Lúcia Rodrigues Department of Pediatrics, Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho
  • Márcia Cordeiro Department of Pediatrics, Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho
Keywords: Children, interparental violence, emotional abuse

Abstract

Children who are exposed to violence in intimate relationships are often deemed “indirect victims” and for a long time it was difficult to fit them into a specific abuse category. Nowadays, emotional abuse includes interparental violence that is witnessed by minors. A case is presented of a child repeatedly exposed to his father’s physical and emotional violence towards his mother.
This clinical case draw attention to the need of developing awareness-raising strategies to do active screening in pediatric appointments and primary healthcare in abuse situations, namely exposure to violence in intimate relationships. Domestic violence is a public crime and includes situations of exposure to violence in intimate relations, which is a crucial aspect in the inter-generational transmission of this kind of behaviour. It is urgent to break these cycles of violence and counsel both the victims and the aggressors.

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Published
2017-08-17
Section
Case Reports