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IMPACT of VIOLENCE by an INTIMATE PARTNER

NEARLY 3 IN 10 WOMEN AND 1 IN 10 MEN IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE EXPERIENCED RAPE, PHYSICAL VIOLENCE, AND/OR STALKING BY AN INTIMATE PARTNER AND REPORTED AT LEAST ONE IMPACT RELATED TO ENCOUNTERING THESE OR OTHER FORMS OF VIOLENT BEHAVIOR IN THE RELATIONSHIP (e.g.,being fearful, concerned for safety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, need for health care, injury, contacting a crisis hot-line, need for housing services, need for victim's advocated services, need for legal services, missed at least one day of work/school.)

 

 

 

 

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PATIENT INFORMATION FROM THE AMERICAN CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION

 

REPORTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

     According to domesticviolence.org, "Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other."  Violence can be criminal and includes physical assault (e.g., hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), sexual abuse (e.g., unwanted or forced sexual activity), and stalking.  Although emotional, psychological and financial abuses are not always criminal behaviors, they are forms of abuse and can lead to criminal violence.

     Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender.  It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating.  Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

DETECTING ABUSE

    The ability to identify and report domestic violence is often difficult due to the excuses that victims use to cover for the abusers.  According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, you may be in an emotionally abusive relationship if your partner:

  • Calls you names, insults you or continually criticizes you.
  • Does not trust you and acts jealous or possessive.
  • Tries to isolate you from family or friends.
  • Monitors where you go, who you call and who you spend time with.
  • Does not want you to work.
  • Controls finances or refuses to share money.
  • Punishes you by withholding affection.
  • Expects you to ask permission.
  • Threatens to hurt you, the children, your family or your pets.
  • Humiliates you in any way.

    

     According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, you may be in a physically abusive relationship if you partner has ever:

  • Damaged property when angry (e.g., thrown objects, punched walls, kicked doors, etc.).
  • Pushed, slapped, bitten, kicked or choked you.
  • Abandoned you in a dangerous or unfamiliar place.
  • Scared you by driving recklessly.
  • Used a weapon to threaten or hurt you.
  • Forced you to leave your home.
  • Trapped you in your home or kept you from leaving.
  • Prevented you from calling police or seeking medical attention.
  • Hurt your children.
  • Used physical force in sexual situations.

Your doctor of chiropractic provides a safe haven for you to discuss abuse and allows an opportunity for you to seek help without fear.