New Zealand Questions Emergency Room Patients

The New Zealand Ministry of Health Family Violence program has introduced compulsory questioning of any woman brought into the emergency room in order to ascertain if she was the victim of family violence. The women are questioned in a room which has a curtain, the husband might well be on the other side, but women are being forced to discuss the reasons for their presence in the emergency room.

One can applaud the desire to protect women, but there is something rather extreme in demanding women talk while in an emergency room. The setting appears dangerous to the physical health of women since husbands or boy friends could overhear conversations.

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