Every year, millions of people are affected by domestic violence, adult abuse, child abuse and sexual assault. This violence has a tremendous negative impact on the physical and mental health of victims. Acute physical injuries, while the most recognized symptoms of violence, are not the only ways in which trauma manifests. Chronic health conditions such as migraine headaches, mental health conditions such as depression, and an overall perception of poorer health status by the victim are all correlated with abuse. Early recognition and intervention can significantly reduce the morbidity and mortality that results from violence and abuse.
Because of the privileged nature of the provider-patient relationship, health care providers are in a unique position to help victims of abuse stay safe and alive. Learn about the Child Protection Team and our University of Michigan Health System’s Abuse Initiative.