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Addressing the Needs of Crime Victims in Medical Practice

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An instructor's guide and student materials are provided in this college curriculum kit to be used in various courses for medical students and residents to inform them of current, cutting-edge, practical knowledge and skill development in victim assistance to children who have been maltreated, sexually abused, physically abused, and/or have witnessed domestic or community violence.
Upon completing this instruction, students should be able to list types of child maltreatment and abuse; describe problems with low rates of reporting child maltreatment; describe, compare, and contrast different forms of child abuse; list in order the most common types of child maltreatment reported to child protective services; identify common characteristics of victims and offenders; identify mandated reporters of child abuse in the student's state of residence; describe appropriate responses to suspicions of child abuse and neglect; and list a range of adverse consequences of child maltreatment. Although this curriculum kit was initially prepared for and piloted with medical students and residents in psychiatry, the developers view it as also suitable for courses that involve other first responders to child maltreatment, including physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and counselors. It is also adaptable for a wide range of college courses in psychology, social work, criminal justice, and family studies. The length of this course for medical students consists of a 60-minute lecture; and for residents, a 90-minute seminar. A directory of faculty and student materials is provided, along with a list of national resources for crime victims. 33 references