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Help available to stop domestic violence

October 17, 2013
By BOWMAN KIM ATKINS , The Leader Herald

Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson is a critical partner in identifying those impacted by domestic violence - also known as intimate partner violence. Our health care staff in Johnstown and other communities see firsthand the impact that abuse - physical harm, psychological abuse, sexual assault, isolation, threats and intimidation, and stalking - has on a person's health. We screen for intimate partner violence in a safe setting, which has been shown to improve the health and safety of women.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month, an important opportunity to raise awareness of the prevalence of this chronically underreported crime. It's important to recognize that anyone can find himself or herself in a hurtful, unsafe, or violent relationship, no matter his or her age, gender, or sexual orientation. In fact, one in four women and one in 13 men report physical violence in a relationship at some point in their lives.

That's one reason why Planned Parenthood is playing a unique role in educating women and men about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. The ACA requires that health plans cover screenings and counseling for exposure to domestic violence as a core preventive health benefit for women, and health insurers can also no longer claim domestic violence to be a pre-existing condition.

For more information, call us at 736-1911, visit us at 400 N. Perry St., Johnstown, or access our website at plannedparenthood.org/ppmh.

At Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson, we are proud to work every day to get people in Fulton County the care they need to stay healthy, safe and happy.

BOWMAN KIM ATKINS, CEO

Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson

 
 

 

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