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Domestic Violence

Physical, Sexual, Emotional, or Economic Abuse


Network of Victim Assistance

Women are the most likely victims of domestic violence, which can take the form of physical, sexual, emotional, or economic abuse.  Chronic abusive behavior is all too common within relationships or family systems, and millions of American women have experienced some form of abuse at some point.  A woman who finds herself in a repeatedly abusive situation often needs – and, indeed, should seek – counseling and advice from a professional.  


She may also need someone to confide in.  Trained and trusted healthcare staff members, such as those at our center, can help to evaluate the situation and suggest options and resources to which to turn.  If an emergency room or medical office visit has been necessary as a result of domestic violence, we can also offer consultation afterward.

 The physical and psychological results of domestic violence can be substantial.  In some cases, medically documenting violence and abuse can be an important first step.  The staff at Aria's Center for Gynecology & Women's Health can offer an examination and determine if physical or psychological indications of such events are apparent, recording the patients' explanation of the cause.

The team can refer to social-services professionals, including Aria's knowledgeable staff social workers; to law-enforcement authorities; or to additional counseling resources.  Abuse and violence often evolves in a pattern that can become more serious if no actions or interventions are taken.  

The center's providers can also put patients in touch with advocates at domestic violence or abuse programs, who can help a woman decide what options to take.  In addition, the Aria staff works with a full range of other medical specialists and healthcare services to provide all types of care for women who have suffered domestic violence.

Aria offers a Sexual Assault Response Program/Rape Crisis Center.

 

 

A woman's primary healthcare provider –– gynecologist, nurse practitioner, or family doctor –– is a confidential, knowledgeable source with whom patients can share concerns about abusive or assaultive events or situations.