Mental Health Question #13


A client is admitted to the emergency room and the nurse suspects possible abuse. Which statement by the client is most indicative of an abusive relationship?


  1. “I fell tripped on something in the parking lot and bruised my arm.”
  2. “I will give the ice packs to my husband to take care of while I get into my car.”
  3. “My husband and my mother hate each other, so I am not allowed to visit her.”
  4. “Don’t tell my husband I am pregnant.”


If the partner keeps the other from seeing friends or family, it may be possible abuse as evidenced by controlling behaviors. Be careful of options that sound suspicious, but do not necessarily constitute abuse.