Narrator: This is Science Today. There are
so many barriers when it comes to victims discussing
domestic violence. But Barbara Gerbert, a behavioral
scientist at the University of California, San Francisco,
is shedding light on how physicians have helped victims
of domestic violence speak up and ultimately seek
Gerbert: Women told stories about physicians
who had seemed non-judgmental, who had asked in a
way that gave them permission to reveal what was truly
going on, who had seemed genuinely concerned and seem
to have time to listen if there was an affirmative
answer that they had been abused.
Narrator: Many of the women interviewed also
felt validated by their doctors telling them either
directly or indirectly, that they didn't deserve the
Gerbert: We think that the main message that
we have - that validation is important for victims
of domestic violence, applies to anyone.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.