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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE The American Nurses Association ANA supports education of nurses health care providers and women in skills necessary for prevention of violence against women assessment of women in health care institutions and community settings and research on violence against women ANA believes there is a need to increase awareness to the heath problem of violence against women as well as reduce injuries and psychological misery associated with this crime ANA believes health care professionals must be educated as to their role in the assessment intervention and prevention of physical violence against women Further ANA supports the YEAR 2000 Health Objectives which cite the surveillance prevention and intervention for violent behavior as a priority issue for the nation Physical violence against women is behavior intended to inflict harm and includes slapping kicking choking punching pushing use of objects such as weapons forced sexual activity and injury or death from a weapon Physical violence is by definition assault and it is a crime Ninety-five percent of serious assaults by a spouse or intimate partner are men battering women Abuse is the leading cause of injury to women and homicide a major cause of traumatic death to women Physical violence against is pervasive and cuts across all ethnic racial religious and socio-economic groups Based on national survey results 18 million women are beaten by their husbands each year Stated another way one of every eight husbands assaults his wife at least once during a given year Abuse during courtship and cohabiting relationships affects between 16 and 23 percent of all dating relationships The FBI estimates that her male partner will physically assault one in two women during her lifetime Frequently physical abuse begins during pregnancy with 25-30 percent of pregnant women reporting abuse prior to or during pregnancy Pregnant women reporting abuse are more likely to deliver a low birth weight infant Injuries to women sustained from abuse include contusions concussions lacerations fractures and gun shot
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