Facts about Domestic Violence Every year, an estimated 2-4 million women of all races and classes are battered by a spouse or intimate partner in the United States. -There’s No Excuse Each year, more than one million women seek medical treatment for injuries by husbands, ex-husbands, and boyfriends. -”Facts on Domestic Violence” Abused women comprise approximately 20% of women presenting with injury to hospital emergency services. -International Journal of Health Services
Operator: 911, What is the emergency?Caller: Yeah, I just shot my girlfriend.Operator: You shot her?Caller: Yeah, I did.Operator: Where?Caller: In South Daytona.Operator: Okay. 2050 S. Ridgewood, B23?Caller: Yeah.Operator: Where is she at now?Caller: She’s right here.Operator: What area was she shot in?
Caller: I don’t know. It doesn’t really matter. You need to come get her.Operator: Okay, What is your name?Caller: Alvin Watson.Operator: Albert? Are you going to stay there Albert?Caller: I ain’t going nowhere.Operator: Why did you shoot her, Albert?Caller: ‘Cause I had to.Operator: Why did you have to, were you having a fight?Caller: Yeah.
Operator: Okay. Let me transfer you to EVAC. Can you, can you stay on the line and tell themwhere..Caller: No, you just send somebody to come get her, okay.Operator: We’re on our way. (Phone is placed down)Caller: See what you done. The sound of two rounds being chambered in a gun.
Working with the Abused IndividualSafetySupportAbuseRecover
Working with the Abused IndividualSafety Safety of the victim and their children MUST be a priority Discuss options- learn what local resources are available Develop a safety plan
Working with the Abused IndividualSupport Support Their Decisions Must be Non-Judgmental
Working with the Abused IndividualAbuse Discuss the different forms of abuse with the victim Discuss the Power and Control Wheel
Working with the Abused IndividualRecover Safety Empowerment Support System Freedom Special Needs
Why do the Abused Stay ?FearLovePityEconomicsLow Self-EsteemReligious BeliefsChildren
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