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Nurses led the charge against domestic violence

Nurses led the charge against domestic violence

As some on TV talk shows wonder aloud, humorously or otherwise, what nurses really do, it's important to understand the role they have played in changing health care. This is especially true in how the entire medical sector looks at and responds to domestic violence.

This history is documented in a new exhibit at the National Library of Medicine that highlights some of our research. "Confronting Violence, Improving Women's Lives" tells the story of nurses who pushed the medical community to identify victims of battering, adequately respond to their needs and work toward the prevention of...