Violence - Partner Violence Partner Violence A leading health concern in women(and those that care about them What is partner violence What is

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Unformatted text preview: Partner Violence 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 Unemployed s Sexual problems/dysfunction s Low job satisfaction s STRESS (Palmer students are offenders) s Innocent Bystanders 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 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. s 1994: 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!) s Careful Careful 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. s Resources: Resources: 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: 1­800­799­SAFE (7233) 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.

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