Abuse.

The Wichita Eagle newspaper ran recent stories regarding horrific domestic abuse.   As a family doctor, my focus is to keep my patients well, both emotionally and physically.  I routinely screen (meaning I ask everyone) at periodic visits like annual exams, prenatal or postpartum visits about abuse.  I also look for signs or symptoms of abuse.

Abuse is pervasive and comes in many forms– all harmful.

  • Sexual abuse (rape or forced sexual activity)
  • Emotional/verbal abuse (threats, repeated name-calling, or
    insults)
  • Controlling behavior (limited ability to move about or
    access to money)
  • Physical abuse (kicking, punching, or hitting).

Partner violence is a crime. During a lifetime, it is a common crime: 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men.  It can occur among any type of couple—dating, married, heterosexual or same-sex.   People of any age, income or education level, or ethnicity can be in an abusive relationship.

What can you do?  Tell someone you trust: clergy, friend, physician.
Get organized: have your bank records, birth certificates, social security cards in a place that you can take if you leave in a hurry.  These documents give you access to money and social services.  Make a plan to go to a safe house, shelter or friend’s house.

If you feel you are in immediate danger, call 911.  A restraining order may help the abuser stay away from you.

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The National Domestic Violence Hotline has more information  1-800-799-SAFE or http://www.thehotline.org/get-help-in-your-area/

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About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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