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Domestic Abuse a Curse to Public Health

Domestic abuse has become a curse to our society. Today morre than 8 million people are effected by this. And they are mainly women. The abuse has reached an epidemic propotions .

The study commissioned by the British Medical Association says that three in 10 women and one in five men suffer the problems, while 750,000 children routinely witness it. Around 30% of abuse begins when a woman in a relationship is pregnant.

This unspoken epidemic is unquantifiable because some victims were not believed while others did not realise the abuse they suffered was a crime. Domestic abuse is an unspoken scar on our society, and many individuals never report that they are victims. Sometimes this is because of social stigma or simply because they do not know who to turn to. Other times it can be because the victims are so vulnerable that they are not in a position to seek help."

It claims five million women are victims of domestic abuse at some time in their lives, with around 350,000 incidents reported to the police each year. Some 80% of victims are women and among them are many elderly and disabled people. Partner abuse is common and it happens as frequently in same-sex relationships as in heterosexual ones.

Prof Gene Feder, the report's author, said: "If domestic violence was an infectious illness we would be calling it an epidemic. It is having a real impact on public health.

He suggests that every woman admitted to hospital with an injury should be asked if she has suffered domestic violence. Doctors need to ask patients the right kind of questions to determine whether they are victims and give them advice and support.

Doctors are being sent guidance by the British Medical Association highlighting the impact of domestic abuse on health, ranging from direct injuries such as fractures and burns to psychological torment.

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