Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and controle ver the other.
In 1994, 1995, and again in 2000, Michigan changed the laws that deal with domestic violence to make it easier for the victims of abuse to get protection through the legal system.
- The abuser may begin making threats, calling the other person names, and slamming doors or breaking dishes. This is a form of emotional abuse that is sometimes used to make the person feel bad or weak.
- Physical abuse that starts with a slap might lead to kicking, shoving, and choking over time.
- As a way to control the person, the abuser may make violent threats against the person’s children, other family members, or pets.
- Abusers may also control or withhold money to make the person feel weak and dependent. This is called financial abuse.
- Domestic violence also includes sexual abuse, such as forcing to have sex against her wish.
Woman with multiple presentation with multiple injuries bruise burn facial injuries teeth break and eye injuries are a typical presentation of severe grade home violence. She may be presenting with depression or vague symptoms, sleep disorder diarrhea eating disorders may be associated with long term home violence. Confidentiality at the beginning and Previous marriages, suicidal ideas and psycho social history are important peace of information.
Admission may require if injuries are alarming. management of injuries and ensure her safety as well as psychological aspect of management is included. Always suspicion of home violence is the way to find more cases.If patient wishes we can help with the involvement of police. If her life is under threat it is gps responsibility to make sure her safety
Refering Social and other support groups, negotiation with Family meetings with her consent liaise with Domestic violence resource center/ social worker and documenting for future use and regular followup are inclueded in the management process.
Free legal services are available.Telephone numbers GP, Police , women protection service domestic violence 24 hour help line will secure her adequately. It is our and society responsibility to protect woman for home violence.