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Certain Facial Injuries Point to Domestic Violence

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“Distinct patterns of facial injury occur in women who suffer domestic violence, U.S. researchers report.  The findings could help health-care workers identify victims of intimate partner violence, they added.   Dr. Oneida A. Arosarena, of the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, and colleagues reviewed the medical and dental records of 326 women (average age 35) treated for facial trauma. Of the 45 (13.8 percent) patients who were assault victims, 18 were documented victims of domestic abuse, while 24 of the 26 remaining assault victims could not or did not identify their attackers.   Other common causes of facial injuries among the women in the study included motor vehicle crashes (42.6 percent), falls (21.5 percent), and unknown or undocumented causes (10.7 percent). The researchers found that assault was typically associated with jaw (mandible) fractures, complicated cheekbone fractures (zygomatic complex fractures), cracks or breaks in bones surrounding the eyes (orbital blow-out fractures), and brain injury.”

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