Journal of Professional Nursing

Battered women: How can nurses help? 

Marion Clark, RGON, Public Health Nurse currently on study leave 

Reference:  Clark, M. (1985). Battered women: How can nurses help? Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 1(1), 3-15.


Domestic violence presents a challenge to all nurses, particularly those working in the community, to extend their role to provide skilled nursing care to the victims and their families.  This paper examines specifically the problem of battered or abused wives.  It is important that all nurses study all aspects of domestic violence in order to raise their own consciousness on violence and the emotions involved.  They should also build up a thorough knowledge of agencies and resources available in the community. 

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