Dr. Brigid McCaw speaks to colleagues at Kaiser Permanente's Family Violence Prevention 10th anniversary regional conference last month in Berkeley. Photo courtesy of Kaiser Permanente.

Dr. Brigid McCaw was diligently working her way through medical school while her sister was busy concealing a secret. Despite the summer heat in their Denver home, McCaw’s sister bundled up in high-necked layers. The bruises along her abdomen became difficult to conceal during pregnancy, but her own physician never questioned them. Immersed in her studies at the University of California, San Francisco almost 1,000 miles away, McCaw never even saw the black and blue marks.

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