Domestic violence (or as it’s now more commonly called, “intimate partner violence”) should be on your radar all year long. But use the month of October to refresh your knowledge and remind yourself how you should assess for intimate partner violence and provide patients with assistance.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey:
1 in 4 Nearly 1 in 4 adult women report having experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.
1 in 7 Nearly 1 in 7 adult men report having experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.
10% 10% of women and 2% of men report having been stalked by an intimate partner.
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I am very concerned that males are not being validated or helped by our law enforcement agencies, even many healthcare professionals when the males are being battered! I am seeing this occur currently with a case where a woman from a different country married her spouse only to gain immigration, subsequently beating him both emotionally and physically to gain control over him! He has been hurt so badly on so many occasions, and on trying to report the crimes, he has been told repeatedly that “men do not suffer abuse by females!” This is ludicrous as this man is bloodied badly inside and out, yet few if any others seem to care or support him! We must raise awareness that abuse is not okay for anyone to inflict or endure!