Domestic and Partner Violence: Much More than an NFL Headline Story

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By Norma J. Goodwin, M.D., Founder and President
There is no excuse for abuse
Because of the videotaped abusive actions of Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens star running back toward Janay Palmer, now his wife, as well as various incidents of domestic violence by other professional football stars that have been recently reported, we at Health Power decided to share previously published real life day-to-day information about domestic or partner violence on our website and blog.
According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and prevention), 1 out of every 4 women
AND 1 out of every 9 men in the U.S. is a victim of Domestic or Partner Violence at some
time in their lives.
While the domestic or partner violence information we provide is meant for all users and
visitors of our communication network, it is especially intended for:
  • many who say they’ve never witnessed, experienced or come in contact with domestic violence
  • most importantly, for women and men who have personally experienced the damaging effects of domestic violence, which includes:
       -  lowered self-esteem,
       -  self-blame,
       -  fear for themselves and in many cases their children,
         -   feeling ashamed,
       -  feeling alone, and
       -  feeling helpless
If you are a victim of domestic or partner violence, it’s very important that you know that:
  •   You are not alone!
  •   Something can and should be done about the situation, but with arrangements made in advance
  •   Information on how to get help is provided at the end of this Health Power checklist.
What You Should Know about Domestic or Partner Violence
  • Violence against a partner or a child is a crime in all states.
  • Abuse happens to people of all races, ages, incomes and religions.
  • People who are hurt by their partners, parents or guardians do not cause the abuse.
  • Domination, control and intimidation are all forms of domestic violence as well as physical violence.
  • Alcohol and drugs do not cause abuse, although they can make the violence worse.
  • Abuse can begin, continue and even increase during pregnancy.
  • 1 in 5 Women is sexually assaulted in college
What to Do If You or Your Children are Abused
-  First and foremost, make sure you and your children are safe.
-  Go to a safe place, such as the home of a friend or relative or an emergency shelter.
-  Take your children with you.
-  Call the police if you think you can’t leave home safely or want to bring charges.
-  If possible, take house keys, money and important papers with you.
-  Do not use drugs or alcohol at this time because you need to be alert in a crisis.
-  Staff members at emergency shelters can help you file for a court order of protection.
Other Ways You Can Get Help if You Are Abused
  • Talk to your doctor, who can treat any medical problem, provide support and make referrals.
  • Call an emergency shelter and ask about counseling and support groups for you and your children.
  • Nurses, social workers and other health care professionals can also help you.

Other Health Power Information related to Domestic Violence

Additional Sources of Information and Help:
National Victim CenterTel. 1(800)FYI-CALL
RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network)
Remember: Knowledge + Action + Power!®
Wishing you Best of Health – Physically, Mentally and Spiritually,
Dr. Norma Goodwin
 
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