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The clinical implications of research with battered women and their families are discussed using the holistic framework of nursing and anthropology. Moving beyond superficial answers to “Why do battered women stay?,” barriers to leaving that stem from the sociocultural roots of violence are examined. Understanding these obstacles and the characteristics of violent men is fundamental to sensitive interaction with abused women who frequently enter and leave health care systems with no direct attention given to their primary problem of abuse. Assessment techniques are suggested, and triage and comprehensive assessment protocols are presented to aid nurse practitioners and nurses in their response to this urgent public health problem.