Rae Leonard on Domestic Violence

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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.

Anybody can be impacted by domestic violence. It doesn’t matter whether you’re young, old, rich, poor….
— Rae Leonard

Show Notes:

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

Learn More

> Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) website

> AAMC Domestic Violence resources

> National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233)

> National Domestic Violence Hotline website

> Progression Counseling


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