The Society For Women’s Health Research Announces “Beyond The Bruises” Campaign Highlighting The Effects Of Domestic Violence On Chronic Disease
The press release below was issued May 27 by the Society for Women’s Health Research and can be seen here.
The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR ®), a national non-profit and thought leader in research on sex differences in health and disease, today announced “Beyond the Bruises,” an online campaign uniting survivors, advocates, organizations, and celebrities in bringing awareness to the effects of domestic violence on chronic disease. The campaign features a short film that shares the stories of domestic violence survivors who struggle with chronic disease as a result of their abuse, as well as the website BeyondtheBruises.org, a resource center that houses information on the often unrecognized effects of domestic violence on chronic illness.
A 2013 study conducted by MORE Magazine and the Verizon Foundation found that 81 percent of domestic violence victims experience chronic health problems, proving that domestic abuse is not only a criminal issue, but a public health issue as well. “Domestic violence is a huge problem affecting men, women, and children every single day,” said Kristina Paruginog, one of the subjects in the film. “Do not be ashamed, do not be embarrassed, and most importantly, seek help.” (more…)