Abuse against a patient can only be reported with the consent of the patient. Many victims feel they are not able to leave their relationships or to report the abuse as they fear retaliation. Counselling should be offered to the patient.
Q34 A 52-year-old female presents to the office for follow up. She has multiple contusions and a black eye. She admits that her husband beats her. You state that you will have to report this to authorities. She adamantly states that she does not want her injuries reported.
What is the next step?A-You will report the injury only with consent.B-You agree not to report, unless there is another episode.C-You must report as reporting is mandatory.D-You have to ascertain that physical abuse came from the husband.