DETROIT (WWJ) – Medical providers are using exam time to ask if patients feel “safe” at home.
In the wake of high profile domestic violence cases involving athletes – some medical providers are taking the time to ask patients if they’ve been mentally or physically abused at home reports WWJ’s Erica Murphy.READ MORE: Child Tax Credit: Monday Is Deadline To Opt Out Of Advance Monthly Payments
Desiree Cooper, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, said many victims of abuse neglect their healthcare needs.
“We also find that when a patient is a victim of domestic violence that they often don’t come in for their regular health care,” said Cooper.READ MORE: Delta Variant Presents Challenges To Metro Atlanta Schools
“We want to make sure that patients understand that healthy relationships and living in a safe environment is also part of their health care and we see it as a health issue and as well as a safety issue for our patients.”
Cooper said her organization serves about 60,000 people every year. Patients who admit to being abused are connected with partner non-profits that provide immediate help.Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival Returns To Piedmont Park August 6-8
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