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One in Four Women Will Experience Domestic Violence in Her Lifetime

Date: 10.27.2011
Contact: Erica Rosenthal Phone: (330) 375-3052

Contact: Erica Rosenthal, Phone: (330) 375-3052, Email: rosenthale@summahealth.org              

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Wraps Up in October

AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 27, 2011 – Domestic violence can happen to anyone at any point in their lifetime no matter their age, race, faith or socioeconomic status. Though women are more commonly victims of domestic violence, one in 13 men will also experience abuse from their partners, spouses or family members in his lifetime.
October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month; a time for people to become more aware of themselves, their loved ones, and even coworkers and neighbors in relationships, and for victims to know they are not alone.

“Domestic violence is defined as a repeated pattern of behavior, or outbursts of violence, that an abuser uses to gain power and control,” said Valorie Prulhiere, coordinator of victim services for Summa Health System’s DOVE program. “This type of violence can be intimate partner violence, dating violence or the perpetration of violence by family members.”

The DOVE Program (Developing Options for Violent Emergencies) is one of only a handful of places in the nation where domestic violence victims can access emergent healthcare. It is available for those who need medical assistance or a confidential consultation immediately following a case of domestic violence, sexual assault or elder abuse. The program’s specialized nurses help treat victims, develop a safety plan and will refer victims to counseling when necessary.

Prulhiere encourages everyone to know that no one is completely safe from domestic violence and if it does happen, it often happens more than once.
“Domestic violence is a chronic health issue that may worsen over time and happens more often than we may realize,” she said. “The startling fact is that one in four women will experience some type of abuse in her lifetime. These women can be anyone; women in your religious group, PTA, or workplace, for example. Therefore, it’s important that friends, coworkers, community organization members and victims know that confidential and professional help is out there 24/7, and at no cost.”
According to the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, 51,007 women were in automobile accidents in 2010; while even more women, a reported 78,000, experienced domestic violence.

For more information, contact Summa Health System’s DOVE Program. DOVE is located at Summa St. Thomas Hospital: (330) 379-9743 or (877) 742-3683. To activate DOVE services after hours, call the Summa St. Thomas Hospital Emergency Department at (330) 379-5950.
For more information on community support, visit the Ohio Domestic Violence Network (www.odvn.org).

About Summa Health System
Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet status), U.S. News and World Report, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. Summa also is a founding partner of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. For more information, visit www.summahealth.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/summahealth and Twitter at www.twitter.com/summahealth.

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