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Partner Violence A leading health concern in women (and those that care about them) What is partner violence?
What is partner violence?
Threats or intimidation
s Restraint from freedom or activities
s Physical violence
s Rape or coercive sexual assault
s Verbal or emotional abuse
s Denying access to support, resources, $
s What it is NOT...
What it is NOT...
s The inability of the abuser to control their anger Think about it...
Think about it...
Why don’t most abusers abuse their bosses, friends, etc?
s Partner or intimate violence is more an issue of or a need for CONTROL in a relationship s Not having tools to cope with feelings of losing control
s How common is it?
How common is it? s Dept. of Justice estimates (1996): – 840,000 cases nonlethal partner violence against women (+1,300 deaths; 30% of homicides against women)
– 150,000 cases against men (+500 deaths; 5% of homicides against men)
– Other estimates: Over 4 million women are being abused by a partner each year in the US.
– Nearly 1/3 of women report being physically of sexually abused (lifetime) Between 1976 and 1996
Between 1976 and 1996
31,260 women were killed by their husbands, exhusbands, or boyfriends Who is at risk?
Who is at risk?
Alcohol or drug abuse in home
s Young, poor
s Growing up in a violent family
s Sexual problems/dysfunction
s Low job satisfaction
s STRESS (Palmer students are offenders)
s Innocent Bystanders
s Children who witness abuse: – More often depressed
– Higher rates of suicide
– Increased psychological problems
– More likely to become violent/abusive “Learned Hopefulness”
The belief that the abuser will someday change
s Dependence (very dependent women are more often victims of abuse; poor, few options, less education, isolated from support network)
s Seeking shelter
Inform a patient whom you suspect is abused about community resources
s Stress the importance of letting someone know, so they can help keep her safe
s Provide phone numbers/hotlines for emergency
s Repeat the message again and again.
1994: Violence Against Women Act
Law making it a crime to cross state lines to break a restraining order
s Abusers cannot own a firearm
s Now, it’s a federal crime (no need to press charges; it’s done for you!)
Most serious acts of violence and homicides occur when an abused women tries to leave
s An abused women needs to seek advice from a domestic violence hotline on ways to protect herself
s Have a plan, let someone know, follow the plan, stick with it.
s Keep someone close; prepare for the storm before the calm.
Domestic Violence Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know (Dawn Bradley Berry)
s Growing Free: A Manual for Survivors of Domestic Violence (Wendy Deaton & Michael Hertica)
s Pleasers: Women Who Can’t Say No, and the Men Who Control Them (Kevin Leman)
s But most importantly...
But most importantly...
s s National Domestic Violence Hotline:
Local Resources: – 3269191
– Family Resources Inc.
– 805 W 35th St.; Suite 200 Be a part of the solution.
Be a part of the solution. Provide the necessary health resources for your patients. ...
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This note was uploaded on 01/03/2012 for the course DIAG 717 taught by Professor Killinger during the Summer '09 term at Palmer Chiropractic.
- Summer '09