Domestic violence

Refers to threatening behavior, violence, or psychological, physical, sexual, emotional, or financial abuse between adults who are related, partners or ask partners.

Refers to any behavior by an intimate partner or ex partner that causes physical, sexual, or psychological harm, including controlling or coercive behaviors.

A breach of human rights.

One in for women and one in 10 men experience intimate partner violence: physical emotional, sexual or psychological.

Intimate partner violence affects all races, cultures, genders, sexual orientations, socioeconomic classes and religions.

Intimate partner violence is common, and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality.

Women experience more sexual violence, physical violence, and more coercive control from their partners.

It is estimated that one in three women have experienced some type of intimate partner violence in their lifetime.

Intimate partner violence is more prevalent during a woman’s lifetime then conditions such as diabetes, depression, or breast cancer.

Such violence disproportionately affects communities of color and other marginalized groups.

Economic instability, unsafe housing, neighborhood violence, and lack of safe and stable child care and social support worsen such situations.

Lifetime population prevalence of physical and sexual violence ranges from 15-70 with 1% internationally (WHO).

Associated with health damage.

Patients may present with non-specific signs and symptoms.

Intimate partner violence prevalence of serious consequences, and serious injury is higher among women than among men.

Associated with chronic medical problems including gynecological disorders, chronic pain, gastrointestinal disorders, and neurologic symptoms, heart disease, psychological disorders including post traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and suicide, and substance abuse.

Economic independence is a critical factor in preventing domestic abuse.

The Covid-19 pandemic with a stay at home orders, closed schools, furloughed, and laid off workers, limited personal movement has increased intimate partner violence but has markedly reduced ability to reports of such events.

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