According to the World Health Organization, sexual or physical violence affects 35 percent of women all around the globe. The information comes from a study that is the very first of its kind. The worst part is that the most common abuse stems from an intimate partner, and 30 percent of women that experience sexual or physical abuse report that it is from their own partners.
This is a sad reminder that abuse can happen to anyone at any time. In fact, photos recently released of Nigella Lawson, the British celebrity chef and author of How to be a Domestic Goddess, apparently being choked by her husband, Charles Saatchi while sitting outside a restaurant. Her husband received only a caution for assault, and later said in an interview with the London Evening Standard Newspaper that he and his wife were having a “playful tiff,” and the photos made the situation look more serious than it actually was.
Domestic abuse can have serious effects on the health of women. In fact, many women that experience violence from partners are over two times as likely to suffer from depression, and abuse alcohol. It is also about one and a half times more likely that they will wind up getting an STD, and two times as likely that they will have an abortion at some point.
Many women that do seek treatment for abuse-related injuries don’t tell their health care providers that they are caused from abuse. The report released by the WHO suggests that new policy and clinical guidelines should be directed toward helping health care professionals to identify injuries resulting from domestic violence.
An additional problem with domestic violence is that many women that are victims do not take their personal health into their own hands. They often stay with their abuser, and this can cause the abuse to escalate over time, and over time, injuries become worse.
If your partner has physically or sexually abused you, even one time, it is likely that without help, it will happen again. Domestic violence specialists suggest that there is often an abuse pattern that many abusers follow; they abuse; they feel remorse, the “honeymoon period” follows, and the abuse starts again.
The important thing for all women to remember is that it is possible to get free, but if things escalate too much, you may be in too much danger to get out when you need to. That’s why, at the first signs of abuse from their partners, women should take measures to ensure that it does not happen again. In some cases, anger management can be helpful, but in other cases it may be necessary to leave the situation.
If you have sustained any injuries, you should tell your health care provider about it and seek treatment for them. This can help you in the case that you need to obtain a restraining order in the future. The only way that abuse can stop is by preventing it in the first place, so if you notice potentially abusive behaviors in your relationship, take control of them before they become worse.