Health workers role to support women experiencing partner violence

“Unless we ask about it, we are not going to find out about it. The first step is recognition.”
Dr. Ameneh Mirzaei, psychiatrist, Mood and Anxiety program, The Royal outlines the relevance health professionals have in helping women to address potential partner violence.  Local Ottawa Resources and literature are shared.
Because healthcare practitioners are often the first and sometimes only professional point of contact for victims of violence, they are in a unique position to identify and address the issue head on. According to studies, however, only 12-20% of women report ever being asked by their doctors about intimate partner violence, and when they do disclose that violence exists, support from healthcare providers has been lacking.

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