October ushers in the fall, a beautiful time of the year. But, this month also stands for something ugly: Domestic Violence. This month those who are working toward making domestic violence a health care issue want to really get your attention.
I was amazed at the statistics:
- 37 percent of all women who sought care in hospital emergency rooms for violence-related injuries were injured by a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend.
- Women who experience domestic violence are 80 percent more likely to have a stroke, 70 percent more likely to have heart disease, 60 percent more likely to have asthma and 70 percent more likely to drink heavily than women who have not experienced intimate partner violence.
-Homicide is a leading cause of traumatic death for pregnant and postpartum women in the United States, accounting for 31 percent of maternal injury deaths.
The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence wants you to put a face to these numbers.
Next Tuesday, October 12th at 1:30 they will hold a news conference in front of the Idaho Statehouse. The group is launching a statewide campaign with health care providers and others to talk about the importance of increasing the awareness of expectant and new moms who are at an increased risk of domestic violence.
Right now the group is giving all new babies born in this area, onesies that say "My safe loving home."
Something to think about!