By PATRICK HORINE
Every October we recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an important opportunity to discuss this widespread social and public health problem and to take stock of what we can do better to protect victims of domestic abuse.
Unfortunately, the data shows us that health care is often a dangerous profession that is also rife with domestic abuse. Earlier this month(largely by patients and/or visitors in the ER). However, other data shows us that individuals in the health care professions – especially women—may be at greater risk of domestic abuse from a spouse or partner, while on the job as well. shows us one in four women are in a dangerous domestic situation, and one in four victims are harassed at work by perpetrators. and an even greater percentage in most hospitals. When we do the math, this means one in 20 female healthcare workers are likely to be harassed or even assaulted on the job.
Furthermore, given that hospitals and most healthcare organizations are “open” facilities where anyone can walk onto the premises this further heightens the risk of a violent incident happening in the workplace.. by her estranged husband while her co-workers looked on are all too tragic and common.