October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the CDC, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men is the victim of domestic violence in her or his lifetime, as well as 1 in 7 adults in the United States who are the survivors of witnessing and/or being the recipient of child abuse. Symptoms like chronic pain, headaches, bladder infections, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, traumatic brain injury and a wide array of other conditions can be health consequences of an unhealthy abusive relationship. The trauma and stress of domestic violence result in not only physical injuries but a wide array of medical and mental health issues. A victim is more likely to suffer depression, anxiety, difficulty sleeping and suicidal ideation.
In honor of Health Cares about Domestic Violence Day, the Abuse and Rape Crisis Center will have a display at the Guthrie Health Fair in Sayre on Oct. 11. There will also be displays at the Emergency Department at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, and in the lobbies of Guthrie Troy Community Hospital and Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital during the week of Oct. 16.
The Abuse and Rape Crisis Center offers emergency shelter, a 24/7 hotline, free and confidential counseling, legal advocacy, prevention education and education for medical professionals. Contact the ARCC hotline at 570-265-5333 or the ARCC office at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital at 570-887-4589.