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Willa Theus The topic of Thursday, April 21st meeting was “Domestic Violence” our guest speaker was Abbey Hanley, from Domestic Violence & Children Advocacy Center (DV&CAC). We had a great meeting that was educational and idea generating for all present. NAPW CLE shared their experience with domestic violence incidents. Their bravery caused was acknowledged when their personal involvement members recalled their history. Abbey expressed there are three levels of change when an individual is faced with Domestic Violence. Empowering a domestic violence victim requires support, which leads to: (1) crisis intervention (2) therapy (3) and shelter. We learned that talking about domestic violence can trigger feelings and/or memories. Abbey addressed the questions we posed prior to her speaking to the audience. Who is Most Likely to Suffer from Domestic Abuse or Become a Victim of Domestic Violence? Any individual suffering from low self-esteem. Domestic Violence is an equal opportunity crime. There are no bounds Domestic Violence happens slowly over time testing your boundaries. There are specific factors that we are exposed to as we develop from childhood to a “womanhood”. Unfortunately, without appropriate treatment we carry this burden with us as we assume “it” to be our norm. What does NAPW CLE advise? “Know your self-worth”! How many men are domestic violence victims? The stats reveal 1 out of 11 men were affected by Domestic Violence in the past. Today 1 out of 7 men suffer from Domestic Violence and the frequency among women is 1 out of 4 women, while 1 out of every 3 teens are faced with Domestic Violence while dating. How often does domestic violence occur? According to DV&CAC Domestic Violence occurs more than you and I can ever visualize. DV&CAC reaches 40,000 individuals a year. DV&CAC has more than staff members. Every 24 seconds there is an incident involving abuse, sexual assault, stalking, which adds ups to 12,000,000 million incidents worldwide. Why does domestic abuse happen? While financial factors contribute to the problem, the causes of domestic violence involve psychological issues that we must deal with in order to stop the cycle of abuse. There are two emotional dynamics that contribute greatly to domestic violence. One involves a destructive thought process (or "critical inner voice") that abusers experience both toward themselves and their partners, thoughts like "You're not a man if you don't control her" or "She is making a fool out of you." When and where does domestic violence occur? This behavior is learned and repeated like a pattern on a quilt. Many have watched parents check their partners phone calls, confront friends and family leaving the Domestic Violence victim isolated and imprisoned in a cycle of violence. Ladies yes,it starts at home and perpetuates in our business lives. What happens to victims of domestic violence? There are threats, emotional, mental and physical violence. The abuser knows their victim and utilize their power of manipulation to pose a threat to the victim using tools of the trade to assert pressures that halt the victim to meeting their daily needs. What drives an abusive nature is the need for power? Does this sound familiar? What would you do or wouldn’t do to drive your business rival into the ground? It appears you are an abuser wasting your positive energy into negative energy risking your health! Exposed to trauma a Domestic Violence victim is washed with chemicals that affect their brain. The victim walks on eggshells awaiting the next deviant behavior. Victims of Domestic Violence are controlled. Where they go and who they have in their inner circle are reenacted by the abuse. Don’t perpetuate this cycle in your business affairs! As a victim of Domestic Violence you allow someone else to have control of your aspirations, desires, dreams, thoughts and control of personal/professional success. It takes 7 - 10 attempts for the victim to successfully leave their abusive situation. Don’t judge the victims journey! Just listen! Victims stay in relationships to protect their children, their families and their lives! What are the effects of domestic violence on children? Witnessing abuse has a more traumatic affect. Sever abuses occur in the home. In three states, a half of the population in shelters are children. What are the effects of domestic violence on mental health? Experiencing abuse or an attack can lead to serious mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. If you have experienced violence, a mental health professional can help. A counselor or therapist can work with you to deal with your emotions, build self-esteem, and develop coping skills. You can ask your doctor for the name of a therapist, or search an online list of mental health services. Learn more about getting help for your mental health. Some abused women try using drugs, alcohol, smoking, or overeating to cope. This can lead to greater physical and emotional problems. Talk to a doctor, nurse, or therapist for help with these behaviors. Look for healthy ways to reduce stress. Try exercise, deep-breathing or other relaxation techniques. Try and reaching out for support to friends, family, and community groups. Sometimes, violence that happened long ago still can affect you. Even if many years have passed since you were abused, you still can get help from a mental health professional. If you know children who have been abused or witnessed abuse, you can help them. Listen to them, and show love and concern. Talk to a nurse, doctor, or therapist about professional help for them. What is the economic cost of domestic violence? Let’s consider it as lost wages because leaving the abuser is extremely dangerous the victim. The risk of leaving an abuser takes up to two years for the victim to escape. Some abuse women try using alcohol, drugs, overeating to cope, but this can lead to greater physical and emotional problems. While financial factors contribute to the problems. Domestic Violence also has an enormous economic impact due to increase healthcare cost and work place issues such as safety and productivity. The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds 5.8 billion each year, 4.1 billion of which is direct medical and mental health services. Domestic Violence victims face high rate of anxiety, depression, flashbacks, sleep disturbances, and other emotional distress. Domestic violence costs more than $37 billion a year in law enforcement involvement, legal work, medical and mental health treatment, and lost productivity at companies. Domestic violence contributes to poor health for many survivors including chronic conditions such as heart disease or gastrointestinal disorders. Most women brought to emergency rooms due to domestic violence were socially isolated and had few social and financial resources. What happens when domestic violence victims do not receive assistance? Without help, girls who witness domestic violence are more vulnerable to abuse as teens and adults. Without help, boys who witness domestic violence are far more likely to become abusers of their partners and/or children as adults, thus continuing the cycle of violence in the next generation. General Facts and stats. The number 1 fact/stat is Domestic Violence incidents are never reported. Help change the facts NAPW CLE. Speak up, speak out, and make a difference for victims of domestic violence.
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