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Domestice Violence Resources


“In this country, domestic violence is just about as common as giving birth, about four million instances of each. Think about that – hopelessness and hope, equally weighted in our society – and all too often intermingled in the same woman’s life … domestic violence is an unacknowledged epidemic in our country.”

Donna E. Shalala, Former Secretary of Health and Human Services

What is Domestic Violence?
What Does OWIMS do for Domestic Violence Prevention?
What Can YOU Do?
Facts About Domestic Violence
Local and National Domestic Violence Resources and Workshops

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a term used to describe abusive behavior that occurs in intimate relationships. In most cases, the abuser or batterer is a man, and the victim is a woman. Female homicide victims are more than twice as likely to have been killed by an intimate partner than are male homicide victims.

Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women and costs employers between $3 and $5 billion every year in absenteeism, lower productivity, higher turnover and health & safety costs associated with battered workers.

To learn more about the signs of domestic violence, see our OWIMS domestic violence fact sheet.

What Does OWIMS do for Domestic Violence Prevention?

Since 1998, the Office of Women in Medicine and Science (OWIMS) {formerly the Women’s Health Center of Excellence for Research, Leadership, Education} has been active in supporting education and training on the issue of Domestic Violence. Until 2009, OWIMS sponsored the Excellence Triathlon, which has raised more than $140,000 to support domestic violence awareness education and training.

What Can YOU Do?

DV Screening Pocket Cards Available! OWIMS, in conjunction with Family Services and the WFBMC Forensic Nurse Unit, has created tip cards to assist with the screening of potential domestic violence victims. These laminated tip cards, designed for practitioners to carry in their pockets, contain behaviors to look for, questions to ask, steps to take if the patient is a DV victim and contacts for referrals and questions. If you would like a card for yourself or several for your department, please contact OWIMS at

The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program needs your help.
Since July 2000, the SANE Program has contributed to domestic violence (DV) and sexual assault trial convictions and guilty pleas. WFBMC Emergency Room staffers see about 70 patients yearly. 64 percent of these cases are pediatric.

The SANE Program also needs your help. Local DV and sexual assault victims seen by SANE, need:
* Toiletries (soap, deodorant, shampoo, hair brushes, toothbrushes)
* Socks & underwear for adults & children
* 25 pairs pants & shirts for adults
* 20 pairs pants & shirts for children (2T-12)
* Spacesaver bags (for storing items)

Gift certificates are also welcome. For information about where to bring your donations, please contact OWIMS at or 336-713-4220.

Facts About Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence
Facts on Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence at Work

7 Reasons Employers Should Address Domestic Violence

Stalking and Cyberstalking Resources:  The first three links are a three part series about a victim who was stalked and murdered by an ex-boyfriend. The last three links are handouts and information that may be useful.

Local and National Domestic Violence Resources and Workshops

For more information about domestic violence visit:
Family Services, Inc.
Family Services, Inc. Wish List
Domestic Violence Community Council, Forsyth County, NC
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Family Violence Prevention and Health Practice (free journal)
Futures Without Violence (formerly known as Family Violence Prevention Fund): For more than a decade, the Family Violence Prevention Fund's groundbreaking and highly successful National Health Initiative on Domestic Violence has been improving the health care response to domestic violence through public policy reform and health education and prevention efforts. The National Health Initiative on Domestic Violence develops educational resources, training materials and model protocols on domestic violence and screening to help health care providers better serve battered women.
Future Without Violence Training Programs   

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