Your Doctor Can Help

Did you know that nearly one-third of American women will experience abuse by an intimate partner during their lifetime? Or, that domestic violence is the leading cause of female homicides and injury related death during pregnancy. Looking beyond the physical harm, domestic violence is connected to risk factors for chronic health problems. Women with a history of abuse and children raised in violent homes are more likely to experience a wide array of physical and mental health problems, ranging from stomach trouble, smoking, substance abuse, obesity, and serious depression.

Talk to your doctor or health care professional if you feel frightened in your home. Early identification of domestic violence can help victims escape before the violence gets out of control. Your doctor can help you think about your options before things get worse. Victims of domestic violence say that the most important factor in talking with health care Providers was being listened to about the abuse. Give your doctor a chance to help.

Domestic violence is an important health care issue. Talk to your doctor about domestic violence — it could save your life.

If something about your relationship scares you, and you are worried about your children and you need to talk, call us:

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233) (TTY 1-800-787-3224)

Help is available in English and Spanish and many other languages.

All Contact with the hotline is free and confidential.