Episode summary introduction:
10 million men and women are victims of physical violence every year by their intimate partner. That is a staggering number to think about. As nurses, we are taught to look for signs of physical abuse when we are assessing our patients, are we doing a good job?
Topic 1: Statistics of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence has no gender, racial, cultural or socio-economic boundary
1 in 3 woman (1 in 4 men) are victims of physical assault by their intimate partners
1 in 5 women (1 in 7 men) have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime
1 in 7 women (1 in 18 men) experience stalking victimization and have feared for their lives or their loved ones lives
There are about 20,000 calls in the US to domestic violence hotlines daily
Women are 6x more likely to be killed, if there is a gun in the home
15% of domestic violence is caused from intimate partners
Intimate partner violence is more common in women between the ages 18-24
Impact on children in the home
Children are also victims of domestic violence. Children who witness domestic violence or are victims of abuse themselves are at serious risk for long-term physical and mental health problems. Children who witness violence between parents may also be at greater risk of being violent in their future relationships.
The Nurse’s Role: Evidence shows the effects of domestic violence have a profound impact on women's and children's health, and that women regularly seek services from health care workers, including nurses, for health concerns related to this abuse. Keep the line of communication open by; Listening, Communicating belief, Validating the decision to disclose, and Emphasizing the unacceptability of violence.
As nurses, we can support patients in many ways, but we cannot force them to make decisions. There are going to be patients who suffer from domestic violence, who choose to go back to their abuser for multiple reasons. It is our job to make sure that when they are ready to leave, They have all available resources. Since love isn’t supposed to hurt (physically, mentally or emotionally), If it does, it’s not love. If you or someone you know is suffering, please don’t suffer in silence. For help contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Call to action:
Local Shelter In Lynchburg, VA
Please call our 24/7 hotline: 1-888- 528-1041
Main Telephone Line: (434) 847-7751 Option 2
Virginia Family Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-800-838-8238
National - thehotline.org or call 1-800-799-7233