Getting the Help You Need If You're
a Victim of Domestic Abuse
Everyday healthcare professionals deal with women and men who have sustained injuries as result of domestic abuse.If you are not a medical professional, you should still be familiar with what domestic violence is and what you can do to help victims if the situation arises. This empowers you to react accordingly if you are ever in a circumstance to help a domestic abuse victim.
The first thing you will want to do is help the person calm down. In many cases, they may be upset or hysterical from the event. During this time, offering the victim comfort and a sense of security is helpful and urging them to seek professional help is in their best interest.
Domestic violence comes in many forms, with the most visible type of abuse being hitting, punching or causing other physical harm to the victim. Less visible forms of domestic abuse can include emotional abuse, psychological abuse, sexual assault, forced social isolation, and intimidation.
According to data supplied by law enforcement agencies and medical institutions, over 85% of domestic abuse cases are reported by women who are abused by men. Domestic violence is one of the leading cause of injury to women. Further, domestic abuse leading cause of injury to pregnant women between age 18 and 44.
While most people believe that only women are victims of domestic abuse, this is not true. Partner violence or spouse abuse can have male victims in intimate relationships. Abuse can be common in same-sex relationships since intimidating behavior is not specific to one gender only.
Some of the most common forms of abuse are physical assault, sexual abuse, making threats against a person, causing stress and psychological damage. In lots of cases, this behavior affects more than the person this abuse is directed and extends to children or other loved ones that are witnessing these interactions.
Other types of damages that may occur as a result of an abusive relationship include the destruction of home or personal property or causing problems at the workplace.
Many victims, particularly male victims, may be reluctant to seek help for their situations for fear of judgment or causing more issues in the home, especially if they are not prepared to leave. If you need an unbiased third-party to talk to about your situation, there are organizations and people who want to help. Don’t be afraid to get the assistance you need before it’s too late.