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Characteristics of victims of violence admitted to a specialized medico-legal unit in Switzerland.
Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
To improve care and services to victims of interpersonal violence, a medico-legal consultation unit was set up at the Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland in 2006. Adult victims of violence are referred to the consultation by the emergency department. Patients are received by forensic nurses for support, forensic examination and community orientation. A descriptive study of medical reports filled for the 2006 population was conducted in 2007 with the aim to explore characteristics of this specific population and to better orient prevention. Among the 422 patients in 2006, 57% were men and 43% women, with a median age of 31 years old. Violent episodes took place in a public place for 90% of male victims and at home for 70% of female victims. The perpetrators were mostly unknown to male victims (62% of all men victims) and mostly known (usually the partner or a former partner) to female victims (90% of all women victims). For 80% of the women and 47% of the men, the violent event which brought them to the consultation, was not the first one. Because 90% of all patients under study were victimized by men., not only is it necessary to target prevention program to match the potential victims, prevention messages must also focus on potential offenders, especially on young men.
Adolescent, Adult, Age Distribution, Aged, Crime Victims/statistics & numerical data, Domestic Violence/statistics & numerical data, Emergency Service, Hospital, Female, Forensic Nursing, Hospital Units, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Retrospective Studies, Sex Distribution, Switzerland/epidemiology, Violence/statistics & numerical data
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