The Psychological Scars Of Domestic Violence
According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, intimate partner violence affects more than 12 million people in the United States every year. In recognition of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Woman Worriers host Elizabeth Cush interviews Rae Leonard, of Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Abuse and Domestic Violence Program, about resources for victims of domestic abuse.
Working as a cosmetologist decades ago, Rae Leonard heard stories about abusive relationships. “When you’re standing behind a chair doing their hair, people are much more honest than they might be in a courthouse or hospital.” Today, she is coordinator of Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Abuse and Domestic Violence Program. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, she talks with host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., about signs of abuse and the long-term effects of abusive relationships on the victim’s mental and physical health. She also provides resources and tips on where women in abusive relationships can turn to get help.
Listen and learn:
Why physical violence isn’t necessarily the worst element of abuse
The biggest sign that the relationship you’re in is abusive
Which long-term mental health impacts affect partners who experience domestic abuse
Which health risks are associated with domestic abuse
Which circumstances make it more challenging to heal from the trauma of domestic violence
The biggest barrier to seeking help — and how it’s related to the biggest indicator of abuse
Why it’s more difficult for some people to get help
How to get help if you don’t feel safe calling a hotline
The myths that often keep women from getting protection
What the process of getting out of an unsafe relationship might look like — and why it’s not the same for everyone
How professionals determine that a woman is likely to be in danger
> Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) website
> AAMC Domestic Violence resources
> National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233)
> National Domestic Violence Hotline website
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