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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 721528, 3 pages
Case Report

Assessment of Musculoskeletal Injuries from Domestic Violence in the Emergency Department

1Department of Trauma Surgery, VU University Medical Centre, P.O. Box 7057, 1007 MB Amsterdam, Netherlands
2Department of Forensic Medicine, Public Health Service, P.O. Box 2200, 1000 CE Amsterdam, Netherlands

Received 26 February 2015; Revised 7 April 2015; Accepted 7 April 2015

Academic Editor: Aristomenis K. Exadaktylos

Copyright © 2015 Georgios F. Giannakopoulos and Udo J. L. Reijnders. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Domestic violence is one of the most common causes of nonfatal injury in women, with musculoskeletal injuries representing the second most prevalent manifestation of this form of violence. It is therefore of great importance that healthcare providers such as emergency department (ED) physicians and surgeons are able to recognize and assess these kinds of injuries. In this case report, a woman is described visiting an ED with injuries caused by a fall. Thanks to the knowledge and attention of the ED physician, the real cause of the injury was discovered. What appeared to be an unsuspicious accident was actually the result of intimate partner violence.