October 31, 2023
Even though Octoberâ€™s Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Awareness Month is ending, the toll of IPV does not. The lessons learned from Âé¶¹´«Ã½and other stakeholder resources and discussions should continue so that victims may be supported.
If you have experienced IPV, know someone experiencing it, or recognize it in a patient, it can be challenging to seek help for many reasons. Concerns about safety for self or children, finances, social/family perception, continuing to experience feelings for the partner, and not feeling like this situation can be called IPV are typical experiences and emotions. But ending an abusive relationship does not need to be done alone. You can:
If you are experiencing IPV or know someone who is, consider using these resources for support:
For more information on Âé¶¹´«Ã½IPV resources, visit the Âé¶¹´«Ã½Intimate Partner Violence web page.
Surgeons, physicians, and healthcare professionals have the potential to change the course of an individualâ€™s life by effectively identifying people who have sustained IPV and referring them to the appropriate resources.
To provide additional resources and guidance on what to do if you suspect your colleague may be a victim of IPV, the Âé¶¹´«Ã½Intimate Partner Violence Task Force will join the Society for Gynecologic Surgeons and American Academy of Ophthalmology in hosting a 1-hour webinar, 9:15-10:15 am CT on Monday, November 6: .
This discussion includes how to approach the subject of IPV and what resources are at your disposal in the workplace as an advocate, ally, or victim. Join this live, moderated discussion and Q&A led by Stephanie Bonne, MD, FACS, and featuring Dâ€™Andrea Joseph, MD, FACS, FCCM, Carrie Sims, MD, PhD, FACS, and Christine Lovato, MD, FACS, FASMBS.