Partner violence during pregnancy and postpartum

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The nurse should be acutely aware and observant to the possibility of violence toward women especially during pregnancy. Documentation is of little good though until the abused is ready to change her life. I have seen nurses become insensitive to the patient/victim because the victims present repeatedly in the ER, yet will not attempt to change their situation. It should be remembered that women who suffer freq abuse may not see a way out. Low self esteem, lacking the ability to support themselves or their children often hold them in the living arrangement they find themselves in. It becomes an unending circle of abuse, with only temporary reprieves of normal living.

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