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National Women’s Health Week begins every year on Mother's Day as a reminder to women to make their health a priority. May 14th is National Checkup day and a perfect day to also assess your relationship with your spouse or partner.
Domestic violence affects your health, your spirit, your thinking and your soul. Ask any victim or survivor and they will tell you that the violence, whether physical or psychological affected every aspect of who they were as a person.
Anyone can understand how physical violence puts you at risk of a serious injury. But the chronic stress of an abusive relationship also causes physical consequences. People who experience violence from an intimate partner can experience a wide range of physical and mental health problems including anxiety, depression, headaches, chronic pain and numerous other health consequences. Some medical studies link long term effects of domestic violence and abuse with smoking, diabetes, obesity, eating disorders, and substance abuse.
Safe Nest is proud to join the U.S. Office of Women’s Health in encouraging women to get regular health care checkups. The relationship with your spouse or significant other can be an important indicator in your health so deserves an examination too.
Ask yourself: Does (insert your spouse or partner’s name)…
hit, shove, slap, kick, punch, or choke me?
ever say they’ll hurt or kill me?
call me names or say that I’m crazy?
criticize what I do or say, or criticize how I look?
hurt my pets or tear up your things that are special to me?
blame me for the hitting, shoving, or any of the other violence?
tell me where I can go or do or tell me who I can talk to?
out of the blue check up on me at work or other places I go?
force me to have sex when I don’t want to?
say they’re sorry and say it’ll never happen again even though it’s not the first time?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship that will eventually affect your physical and emotional health.
To talk about any of what you’ve just read please call the Safe Nest 24-hour hotline at 702-646-4981.
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