Domestic Violence Help

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 in Blog

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence effects are seen in all areas of health care and the legal system.   All of these professions have a role to play in detecting and supporting victims and offenders. Statistics in 2006 presented by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Council on Family Violence bring the effects to light: 186,868 family violence incidents occurred, 120 women were killed by their intimate partner, and 12,356 adults and 16,968 children received shelter from abusive relationships.

How can you make a difference? 

  1. Volunteer your time to local shelters around the community.
  2. Educate victims about resources available: National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233), Local Shelters, Police Departments, and Legal Support.
  3.  No matter what the presenting problem is, always explore the possibility of violence.
  4. Look for behavioral indicators of abuse such as: reluctance to speak or disagree with other partner, irrational jealousy, denial or minimizing violence, self-blame for others violence, etc.
  5. Educate individuals that commit violence to seek out Battering Intervention and Prevention Programs.
  6. Educate individuals that commit violence about the role that power/control, coercion, threats, economic manipulation, male/female privilege, intimidation, emotional abuse, isolation, minimizing, denying, blaming, and substance addiction play in violent relationships.
  7. Help offenders understand the impact of violence on their children and the possibility of teaching them that violence is a normal way of life.