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Lady in the Shoe (On Domestic Dysfunction)
Abused women are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, psychosomatic systems, eating problems and sexual dysfunction. Violence may also affect their reproductive health. (WHO, 2000)
- 70% of incidents of domestic violence result in injury, (compared with 50% of incidents of acquaintance violence, 48% of stranger violence and 29% of mugging.) (Dodd et al., 2004).
- 75% of cases of domestic violence result in physical injury or mental health consequences to women. (Home Office, 2001)
- The cost of treating physical health of victims of domestic violence is $1,586,326,238.93 USD (Walby, 2004)
- The cost of treating mental disorder due to domestic violence is $228,771,872.83 USD (Walby, 2004)
- Between 50% and 60% of women mental health service users have experienced domestic violence, and up to 20% are currently experiencing abuse. (Department of Health, 2003; Bowstead, Janet, 2000; ReSisters, 2002).
- Domestic violence and other abuse is the most prevalent cause of depression and other mental health difficulties in women. (Astbury, 1999; O'Keane, 2000; Humphreys, 2003; Humphreys and Thiara, 2003; Vidgeon, 2003).
- 70% women psychiatric in-patients and 80% of those in secure settings have histories of physical or sexual abuse. (Phillips, 2000; Department of Health, 2002).
- Domestic violence commonly results in self-harm and attempted suicide: one-third of women attending emergency departments for self-harm were domestic violence survivors; abused women are five times more likely to attempt suicide; and one third of all female suicide attempts can be attributed to current or past experience of domestic violence. (Stark and Flitcraft, 1996; Mullender, 1996) Early warning signs of Domestic Violence and Dysfunction include: * INTRUSION: Constantly asks you where you are going, who you are with, etc · ISOLATION: Insists that you spend all or most of your time together, cutting you off from friends and family. * POSSESSION AND JEALOUSY: Accuses you of flirting/having sexual relationships with others; monitors your clothing/make-up. * NEED FOR CONTROL: Displays extreme anger when things do not go his way; attempts to make all of your decisions * UNKNOWN PASTS / NO RESPECT FOR WOMEN: Secretive about past relationships; refers to women with negative remarks, etc. * BLAMES OTHERS for one’s own misbehavior or failures. Many victims find it difficult to leave their batterers despite continued and often severe abuse. Many of us know of someone who is being abused. When this is the case, we must try not to confront the abuser. Be sure to help the victim understand that the issue is not his/her fault. Be prepared for denial. Help him/her identify strengths and possible resources. Discuss safety plans and turning points. Domestic Violence and Dysfunction can happen to anyone. It is a serious problem that has been happening for centuries. In the United States each year it affects millions of people, most often women. It can happen to anyone regardless to employment, educational level, race or ethnic background, religion, marital status, physical ability, age or sexual orientation.
I am Kalima Abdul-Quddus/Lewis the author of So’ Feet: ‘Sore Mind…Sore Heart…and Sore Soul’ which is my true story of how I grew up in America as a Second Generation African American Muslim, married an Abuser; died at the hands of my abusive husband, managed to overcome my own low self-esteem, and successfully raise four children alone. As a devout follower of the Islamic faith I expose Domestic Dysfunction within its communities. Developing a support network can be very helpful. Although there are many places to go for support, there is still not enough. With your help, my hope is to enlighten and put an end to Domestic Violence and Dysfunction worldwide. I lecture nationwide on abuse on women, men and children. It is my hope to lecture internationally.
As always, I am happy to work with you concerning Domestic Violence and Dysfunction or arrange an interview with your company spokesperson. Please contact me at 917.547.2500 or SoFeet2009@gmail.com .
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