Table 5.

Advice to Physicians: Cautions and Encouragement

* Includes illustrative, verbatim quotes from patients’ open-ended responses.
† This advice was provided by male perpetrators of partner violence.
CautionsBe careful what advice you give
How would the Dr. know if they should help or if it will just get worse?
Make sure they have training with human behavior before helping
Good luck! It’s really tricky to know what people think and feel
Most doctors, in my opinion, don’t have the time
You have to be ready to deal with whatever comes up
EncouragementGet involved!
Keep on trying and good luck!
I think it’s very important
It’s fine with me
I think it’s a great idea because …