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The following are some comments from our Lead Nurse Planner, Nancy Pavelek, regarding Domestic Violence:
- When it comes to gender, domestic violence is not always male to female – it could be male to male, female to female, or female to male. People seeking help at domestic violence shelters or hospitals may be seeking service for same sex domestic violence. Do not assume that it is always a heterosexual couple or that it is always the male perpetrating the violence.
- Secondly, Ms. Pavelek posed the question… “Does your domestic violence shelter staff include a nurse?” Nurses are very beneficial to have on staff at domestic violence shelters. They can help with case management, psychiatric medications, untended health issues, addiction issues, and empowerment of the victim. Nurses can help connect people to the health department, get their mammogram, annual doctor visits, etc. This information is a way to start a movement toward empowering victims of domestic violence. These services can help victims to learn to take care of themselves and maybe realize that they don’t have to live this way. Being provided with this information from a nurse sends the message to the domestic violence victim that there are ways to take care of yourself.
Child abuse and wife abuse are serious social problems which have plagued
man in one form or another since time immemorial. They prevail at all levels of
society, running through all segments of the human race. Cases of severe abuse,
as demonstrated by the study in the preceding article of this book, are found
to be most rampant in families where there are serious marital problems resulting
in quarrels, physical fights, and the battering of women and children. Fortunately,
however, today there is a new and growing concern about child abuse and its correlation
to wifebeating, and a greater interest in restoring to every child his rights
as a child, and to every woman her rights as an adult.
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