Knowledge and Awareness about Identification of Domestic Violence, Abuse and Neglect of Victim among Dentists
Keywords:Domestic Violence, forensic dentist, Dentist, Knowledge & Awareness, Abuse And Neglect.
Domestic violence is an age-old social evil which remains hidden from the eyes of the society for long.
The incidence of domestic violence (DV) is at epidemic proportions of violence, abuse and neglect of any
individual have a significant impact on the social system. Majority of the studies report violent and abusive
injuries involve the head and neck region but many times dentists fail to report abuse. The various reasons
could include loss of patients, economic loss and fear of dealing caregivers or of getting involved. Above
all these, the majorly lack of sufficient knowledge about identification uncertainty of diagnosis and agencies
where to report. The purpose of this paper is to assess the knowledge regarding identification of domestic
violence, abuse and neglect and reporting agencies of maltreatment.
Aim & Objective: The aim of the present study is to assess knowledge and create awareness regarding
identification of domestic violence, abuse and neglect and reporting agencies of maltreatment among dentists
of Mysuru city of India.
Method: A self-administered, structured questionnaire written in English given to the dentists who give
Results: 91.7% (n=100) of the participants had heard about Domestic Violence, neglect and abuse and
73%(n=67) had come across victims of Domestic violence, neglect and abuse. Among them, 9.2% (n=10)
had come across them frequently and 32 (29.8%) occasionally.
51 respondents said that the domestic violence victims are adult females, elderly female patients (16.6%)
followed by children between 12 to 15 years of age (13.7%)
Conclusion: Many dentists will come across and identify the victims in their practice, but only few dentists
will make an attempt to report. The main reason being lack of knowledge and proper training. Thus, there is a
need for all of us to get trained in this aspect. Recognizing reporting the violence is everyone’s responsibility
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