Friday, December 16, 2011

New Survey Finds Violence Affects the Health of Millions of Adults

According to findings released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence are widespread in the US.

“The health problems caused by violence remind us of the importance of prevention. In addition to intervening and providing services, prevention efforts need to start earlier in life, with the ultimate goal of preventing all of these types of violence before they start.”
Howard Spivak, M.D., director of the Division of Violence Prevention in CDC′s Injury Center.

The report findings underscore violence as a major public health burden and demonstrate how violence can have impacts that last a lifetime. For instance, the findings indicate female victims of violence had a significantly higher prevalence of long-term health problems, including irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, frequent headaches, chronic pain, and difficulty sleeping. And nearly twice as many women who were victims of violence reported having asthma, compared to women who did not report violence victimization.

“This report highlights the heavy toll that sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence places on adults in this country. These forms of violence take the largest toll on women, who are more likely to report immediate impacts and long-term health problems caused by their victimization,” said Linda C. Degutis, Dr.P.H., M.S.N., director of CDC′s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. “Much victimization begins early in life, but the consequences can last a lifetime.”

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, or NISVS, is one of CDC′s latest public health surveillance systems and is designed to better describe and monitor the magnitude of sexual violence, stalking and intimate partner violence victimization in the United States. Click here to read the full report National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.

Listed below are a few resources for more information about Colorado specific efforts to prevent sexual violence:

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