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Intimate Partner Abuse is a widespread problem in this country and across the globe. Nearly one in four women in the United States reported experiencing violence by a current or former partner at some point in her life according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5705a1.htm) in 2008. Emotional, mental and physical health is impacted by abuse. Intimate partner abuse is linked to depression, arthritis, chronic neck and back pain, sexually transmitted infections and migraines. The CDC also reports that women who have experienced intimate partner abuse are 80 percent more likely to have a stroke, 70 percent more likely to have heart disease and 60 percent more likely to have asthma than women who have not experienced intimate partner abuse.

The pages in this section provide an opportunity to explore different aspects of abuse in relationships. No checklist will give you an answer about whether your relationship is abusive or not, it’s simply a starting point for considering what might be happening. We encourage you to look through what is on here and contact us with questions, concerns or thoughts.

 

 

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