Healthy Tip of The Week (HTW)- Dec. 18- Dec.25

GHHEditor December 18th, 2017

Let’s stop domestic violence together.

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence, or intimate partner violence (IPV), is psychological, emotional, physical, or sexual harm one partner does to the other. Domestic violence includes violence and the threat of violence. Domestic violence can happen in any kind of relationship regardless of sexual orientation, gender, race, age, religion, or economic status. This kind of violence happens when one partner controls or has power over another.

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by their partner in their lifetime.
  • Domestic violence accounts for 15% of all violent crimes.
  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by their partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
  • 1 in 15 children are exposed to domestic violence each year.

How can we prevent domestic violence?

  • Call the police if you see or hear evidence of domestic violence.
  • Speak out publicly against domestic violence. For example, if you hear a joke about beating your spouse, let that person know you aren't ok with that kind of humor.
  • Maintain a healthy, respectful romantic relationship as a model for your children and others.
  • Encourage your neighborhood watch or block association to watch for domestic violence and report it as well.
  • Be especially vigilant about domestic violence during the stressful holiday season.

Another way is to support each other at the community level by creating ways for people to learn about domestic violence and how to get help through our faith based community organizations, schools and local hospitals or medical center.

For anonymous, confidential help available 24/7, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline

Text* loveis (capitalization does not matter) to 22522

Speak to a peer advocate by calling 1-866-331-9474

or visit their site CLICK HERE

Local support in Harlem:

Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention (SAVI) Program

1468 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10037

Telephone number: 212-423-2140

24 Hour Hotline: 212-577-7777

Streetwork Harlem Drop-In Center

209 West 125th Street

New York, NY 10027

Telephone: 212-695-2220

Hours: Monday-Sunday 9am-9pm

East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership

17 East 102nd Street, 7th Floor

New York, NY 10029

Telephone: 877-372-4161

Saturdays 9am-12pm

You may also obtain more information and help by visiting Safe Horizon, for more information CLICK HERE

Domestic violence is an issue that affects our community, violence between partners should not feel normal at any time!

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