Domestic Violence

 

In the US, one woman is fatally shot by a spouse, ex-spouse or dating partner every 14 hours.

It is a shocking statistic.

Domestic Violence affects every demographic and knows no boundary of race, economic status, nationality or sexual orientation, or level of education. http://www.ncadv.org/

Nearly three in ten women and one in ten men in the United States reported at least one incident related to some form of violent behavior in a relationship.  http://www.ncadv.org/learn-more/what-is-domestic-violence/dynamics-of-abuse

The effects are more than just physical. Victims often have feelings of fear, safety concerns for themselves and their children, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

It affects our clients and our caregivers.

As a first step, it’s paramount that we help our caregivers recognize the warning signs of violence and abuse among our clients. It is equally important to provide  caregivers clear understanding and appropriate avenues for reporting any suspected abuse.

Additionally, providing your care team resources for their own wellbeing in these situations is crucial.

Local agencies are available to educate and provide resources and safety for your team members who may need help.  National resources can be found here:  http://ncadv.org/learn-more/resources

Victims of violence and abuse may also feel trapped and unable to change their circumstances.  The shame and embarrassment of revealing abuse may keep victims silent.

Offering training on recognizing and reporting abuse and providing local resources to connect with may prevent a team member or client from becoming a statistic of domestic violence.

For anonymous, confidential help available 24/7, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) now.

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