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Young females are victims of violent injury
Date:6/1/2011

urred among females, while 235 were among males. Female and male victims had similar race, age or insurance status.

Several key findings emerged from the study:

  • Females were more likely than males to be documented as being injured by an intimate partner or relative, injured by only one person, and injured during the daytime.
  • A higher percent of injured females were hurt by someone who was not an intimate partner (e.g., a friend, sibling or acquaintance) than by a partner.
  • Overall, females were significantly more likely than males to be injured by someone known to them (57 percent of females versus 28 percent of males)
  • Females were less likely to be documented as being injured by weapons (4 percent females versus 16 percent males)

Ranney says, "Where male and female victims of community violence differed in this chart review was in the circumstances of their injury. Our study shows that adolescent females are more likely than males to be injured by a relative or intimate partner, and equally likely to be injured by friends or strangers. "

She adds, "Although only adolescent females reported suffering an injury at the hands of an intimate partner, overall, more adolescent females were injured by a non-partner than by a partner. And they were more likely to be injured by blunt force than by a penetrating weapon such as a knife. To our knowledge, these distinctions have not been previously reported in the literature. These findings have important implications for preventing violent injury among young women; although dating violence is an important cause of injury, so are fights with friends. "

The researchers also had a second goal for the study: to examine the completeness of the documentation within the charts and the accuracy of the coding for those injuries. Their review found, in agreement with previous literature, that relying on hospital-provided data on the deliberateness for adolescent female
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Contact: Nancy Cawley Jean
njean@lifespan.org
Lifespan
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