“With nearly one quarter of women experiencing violence or abuse at some point in their lifetimes and millions of children affected, the prevalence data clearly argues for this population to receive early assessment and counseling,” said Lisa James, Director of the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence at Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund.
Victims of domestic violence are at increased risk for heart disease, stroke and chronic pain. Abused women and girls are at significantly higher risk for unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and poor pregnancy outcomes. Children who witness family violence are more likely to experience depression, substance abuse, obesity and asthma.
Yesterday’s announcement is a significant step to ensuring that our health care system and providers will be partners in identifying and helping victims of violence.