Abuse of Spouse OR Partner
Alternate Names : Domestic Abuse
What can be done to prevent the injury?
The best way to prevent abuse is to teach children how to
solve problems without using violence. Teenagers and young adults
should be taught that it's never OK to abuse a partner. Parents and
doctors should provide teens with facts and statistics about dating
violence. The teens should be given specific information about behaviors
that are part of dating violence. They should be encouraged to discuss
any issues or concerns with a parent or other trusted adult.
Since health concerns such as cocaine use are associated with a
higher risk for partner abuse, doctors should address dating
violence when treating teens with these health concerns. Careful screening can
help identify at-risk teens and provide a chance to stop the abuse cycle.
As citizens, we can also help prevent the cycle of abuse in
our society by pushing for these measures.
Make sure judges and police enforce domestic violence laws. This
tells abusers that their actions have consequences. It also helps victims feel
safer about reporting their abuse.
Provide shelters and other support programs that enable victims to leave an
unsafe home and avoid further abuse.
Teach abusers how to vent their anger without using violence. Offer drug
and alcohol treatment when needed.
Train doctors to ask the person they are treating about abuse
if they suspect it. They also need to be trained to keep careful records of any
physical evidence of abuse.