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ASK. LISTEN. ACT. Tools for Bringing Intimate Partner Violence to Light. October 13, 2011 SLO Vet’s Hall. Women’s Shelter Program of SLO County. serving victims of intimate partner violence & child abuse business phone: (805) 781-6401 fax: (805) 781-6410 crisis line: 781-6400
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October 13, 2011
SLO Vet’s Hall
serving victims of intimate partner violence & child abuse
business phone:(805) 781-6401
Types of Abuse
-- physical --
-- verbal --
-- emotional --
-- psychological --
-- sexual --
-- economic --
-- spiritual --
On average, a woman will leave an abusive relationship 7-9 times before leaving permanently.
Each year IPV results in… (California Disease Control, 2005)
1,200 deaths and 2 million injuries among women
nearly 600,000 injuries among menStatistics
3.3 million or more children witness domestic violence each year
Children who live with DV face increased risks which lead to negative outcomes and affect their well-being, safety and stability
Exposure to trauma
Losing one or both parents
DV is not caused by drugs and alcohol
65% of DV cases have no substance abuse involved
These are separate issues: DV is not about loss of control. It’s about complete control.
DV is not caused by poverty
DV crosses all socioeconomic, cultural and racial boundaries
Why does she stay?
Why does he abuse?
Bruises, welts, edema or scars.
Swelling of eyes
Signs of choking on throat
Indirect indicatorsPossible Indicators
Gina M. Pinto, MS, LMFT
Why it is important to ask about IPV?
report being abused by an intimate partner in their lifetime.1
3 Hamberger LK, Ambuel B, Marbella A, Donze J. (1998). Physician interaction with battered women: the women’s perspective. Archives of Family Medicine. Vol. 7, 575-582.
- Open ended questions
- Summarizing the plan and key questions
- Beware of traps
What are the priorities for safety and basic needs?
What has the client done in the past? How well has that worked?
Break down tasks into manageable pieces.
Help client locate local support system.
Many legal options are voluntary when working with a DV shelter
Counseling options are often available if the victim is not ready to leaveCont’
must be phoned in as soon as possible (immediately), and a written report is required to be filed within 36 hours
(see reference card in participant packet for online link)