Impacted by Intimate Partner Violence? Seek Support Today.

Impacted by Intimate Partner Violence? Seek Support Today.

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), which includes rape, physical violence, emotional abuse, and/or stalking by an intimate partner is a major problem in the United States and around the world.  The American Psychological Association reports more than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the US have experienced IPV at some point in their lifetime.  This means that someone you know is being abused, battered and harmed. 

IPV occurs in relationships of people of all genders, sexual orientations, races, and ages.  It is the seventh leading cause of premature death for woman and is associated with poor health outcomes (Source: CDC). For IPV survivors, it is often not as simple as "just leaving" a partner.  Numerous resources, both for physical safety and mental health, may be needed.  For example, medical care, counseling services, housing, legal aid and law enforcement are often vital supports for employees and/or family members.

If you, a colleague or someone in your household has experienced IPV, know that Emory cares and offers numerous resources to help.

1) Emory Faculty Staff Assistance Program:  (404)727-4328; Confidential assessment, consultation, counseling, educational and referral services for Emory employees and family members

2) Emory Police Department: (404)727-6115 (non-emergency) or 911 (emergency safety situation); Consultations and resource information on safety plans and protection orders.

3) Emory Healthcare Public Safety: (404) 686-2597 (non-emergency) or 911 (emergency safety situation); Consultations and referrals.

4) Employee Health: (404) 686-8589; www.emoryhealthcare.org; Provides referral resources.

5) Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare: (404)712-7200; Staff support and referral services for Emory Healthcare employees.

6) Office of Spiritual and Religious Life: 404.727.6226; Staff support and referral services for Emory University employees.

7) Center for Women at Emory: (404)727-2000; Consultations, referral services and educational materials for employees and students

8) The Respect Program: (404)727-1515; Provides faculty and staff consultations regarding support for students. Promotes an Emory community free from sexual and relationship violence.

9) Intimate Partner Violence Working Group (IPVWG): Supports Emory initiatives to stop IPV. 

October is Relationship Violence Awareness Month, and the Respect Program is hosting Take Back The Night on October 24, which provides an opportunity to help promote awareness. Whether you are directly or indirectly impacted, don’t hesitate to seek support or get involved to help stop IPV.

References

http://www.apa.org/topics/violence/partner.aspx

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6308a1.htm