The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently released its draft recommendation statement which would make routine screening for intimate partner violence a part of your healthcare visit. These screening questions would encompass topics like psychological aggression, coercive tactics, stalking, and sexual or physical violence by former or current partners who you are in a close personal relationship with. The panel hopes to screen women of reproductive age who may not otherwise ask for help. The USPSTF did not find enough evidence in their clinical trials for these questions to be asked of men, who can also be victims of intimate partner violence. Searching for Charlotte mental health care you can depend on? Call Legacy now!
The hope is that, by asking patients directly about these issues, if they are experiencing intimate partner violence they will feel comfortable addressing the issue and that some of the stigma of being a victim of this type of abuse will be lifted. One in four women will experience severe physical violence in her lifetime, and no socioeconomic group is exempt. Many women are unable to clearly identify what constitutes abuse or violence because they have lived in the situation for so long. If the questions below apply to your relationship, it is likely that you are the victim of intimate partner abuse.
- Believe you deserve to be mistreated or hurt
- Feel helpless or numb emotionally
- Worry about angering your partner
- Feel afraid of your partner
- Believe that you are unable to do anything right
Does your partner:
- Control who you can see, where you can go and what you can do
- Limit your access to the phone, money, or transportation
- Act possessive or jealous
- Follow you or check up on you
- Force you to have sex or treat you like a sex object
- Threaten to kill or hurt you or your children
- Destroy your belongings
- Exhibit an unpredictable temper
- Ignore your wants, opinions, or accomplishments
- Put you down or criticize you
- Yell at or humiliate you
- Treat you so badly you are embarrassed to let anyone else see
The more questions that you agreed with, the more likely it is that you are a victim of intimate partner abuse or violence. Any situation that makes you feel unsafe, degraded, or that you are forced to participate in is abuse. Physical, emotional, and mental abuse are very real and the physical and emotional scars of these types of abuse run deep. Knowing the signs that someone you love may be the victim of abuse can help them seek help and leave the situation. The signs of abuse include:
- Major personality changes
- Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
- Limited access to money or transportation
- Frequent injuries or accidents
- Rarely seen in public without their partner
- Seem anxious to please their partner
- Recieve harassing or frequent calls or text messages from their partner
- Become anxious, stressed, or depressed
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