Mr. Dr. Grumpy Mister, M.D. aka the Twelfth Doctor (kwanboa) wrote in little_details,
Mr. Dr. Grumpy Mister, M.D. aka the Twelfth Doctor

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Describing injuries from severe domestic abuse

As part of my story, the protagonists are in a scene where one is cleaning up the other. That other has been severely beaten by her father, all over her back, coz he got really, really mad at her and took the usual abuse too far.

I've never been abused. I have no idea what this looks like. And in order for the protagonist who is also the narrator to describe the process, I have to know what such things look like.

I was told I needed a photo from a textbook such as a paramedic trainee would use, and was told a friend of a friend would provide...but that foaf hasn't come forth with what I need, despite repeated prodding about it.

It doesn't matter what the abuser used on the victim; it's preferable if it was something like a belt or a stick of some sort, just given the situation, but we can make any choice of a weapon work. What does matter is that the beating itself was severe enough to cause multiple wounds, be they shallow or otherwise. All I ask is that it's bleeding.

Does anyone know where to find this kind of picture, or has such a textbook? Googling yields me lots of abuse advocacy sites, and really...why would you want that sort of thing floating around the Internet anyway? I've been stuck for about a month now, and could really use the help...

Thanks a lot for any help you can give.

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