Arch Coal Donates to Family Refuge Center

Arch Coal News Article

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West Virginia Code §61-2-9a: Addresses stalking, harassment, penalties and definitions.

http://www.fris.org/Laws/WVStalking.html

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“FRC, Sheriff’s Department Members Attend Summit”

2012 FRIS Summit News Article

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Domestic Violence Protection Order Brochure (WVCADV)

DVPO Court brochure

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WV Code: CHAPTER 61. CRIMES AND THEIR PUNISHMENT. ARTICLE 8B. SEXUAL OFFENSES.

http://www.legis.state.wv.us/wvcode/code.cfm?chap=61&art=8B

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WV Code: CHAPTER 48. DOMESTIC RELATIONS. ARTICLE 27. PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

http://www.legis.state.wv.us/wvcode/ChapterEntire.cfm?chap=48&art=27

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WV Code: CHAPTER 48. DOMESTIC RELATIONS. ARTICLE 26. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACT.

http://www.legis.state.wv.us/wvcode/code.cfm?chap=48&art=26

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Men With Disabilities Face Increased Risk Of Sexual Violence

by Whitney Blair Wyckoff

In a new study, researchers found that, after adjusting for demographics, men who have disabilities were four times more likely to be sexually abused during their lifetime compared with men who weren’t disabled.

 

Researchers found that men who have disabilities were four times more likely to be sexually abused compared with men who weren’t disabled.

 

Researchers found that men who have disabilities were four times more likely to be sexually abused compared with men who weren’t disabled.

 

Previous studies have shown that women with disabilities are at a higher risk of becoming targets of sexual violence. But lead study author Monika Mitra, assistant professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, tells Shots that research that looks at incidence of sexual violence against men with disabilities has been limited.

 

“Looking back, I was a little surprised to see the results that we got,” she says.

 

 

Researchers took data from an telephone survey from 2005 to 2009 in Massachusetts to look at the risk of sexual violence that men with disabilities face. In the survey, participants were asked to report if they had experienced any sexual violence in their lifetime or in the past year. That included completed rape, attempted rape, unwanted sexual touching or unwanted sexual exposure. The participants were also asked questions to determine if they had a disability.

 

Among the almost 26,000 survey respondents, almost 14 percent of men with disabilities said they experienced sexual violence in their lifetimes. That’s compared to 3.7 percent of men without disabilities.

 

Another significant finding of the study, Mitra said, was the much-higher rate at which women with disabilities were affected by sexual violence. The study found that almost 27 percent of women with disabilities and more than 12 percent of women without disabilities reported experiencing sexual violence during their lifetime.

 

But the study authors write:

 

The most notable fındings are that the prevalences of lifetime sexual violence, completed rape, and attempted rape against men with disabilities were comparable to those against women without disabilities.

 

The findings were published online in the latest issue of American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

 

Researchers noted a few limitations of their work, particularly that those who participated in the survey were high-functioning enough to not need assistance answering the questions over the phone. Also, none of the participants lived in institutions. And the study would exclude people who don’t use land-line phones. However, researchers say the results of their study still point to higher rates of victimization among men with disabilities.

 

With this in mind, Mitra notes two key points for action. One is the importance of accessibility, which could be as simple as having a ramp at a rape-crisis center. And second, she emphasized the significance of inclusion and targeting to address the disparity.

 

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The Effect of Domestic Violence on Health

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HEALTH STATISTICS

8 million women are physically, sexually, or emotionally abused annually in the U.S. (AMA)

Battering is the #1 cause of injury to women in the U.S. It accounts for more injury to women than rapes, muggings, and car accidents combined. (AMA)

50% of all women seen in medical practices in the U.S. will receive at least 1 serious beating from a partner or spouse in her lifetime. (AMA)

The average victim of DV will be physically abused 3 times per year. (AMA)

The National Crime Survey reports that DV is associated with: 30,000 ER visits, 40,000 physician visits, 21,000 hospitalizations, and more than 100,000 days of hospitalization time per year (Moss & Taylor)

The total annual health care costs of DV are estimated at $44,393,700.00 (Moss & Taylor)

20-45% of all injuries seen in ERs are the result of DV (Flitcraft)

2/3 of all women who are murdered die as a result of DV (Flitcraft)

Battered women are given 3 times more psychotropic meds, pain pills, and tranquilizers than their non-battered counterparts (Moss & Taylor)

Of battered women who seek medical treatment, only 1 in 10 is identified as a battered woman by the ER physician/nurse. For primary care clinics, the number stands at 1 in 20 (Sassetti)

Only 1 in 25 women who are battered seek medical treatment immediately following a violence incident (Sassetti)

25-45% of all women who are battered are battered during pregnancy (March of Dimes)

In 1995, on average, 2.3 victims were murdered per month in WV. The total number of shelter nights provided in WV that year was 18,665 (WVCADV)

These figures are markedly low & do not provide accurate statistics.

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Common Reactions to Sexual Assault

COMMON REACTIONS TO

SEXUAL ASSAULT

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After a sexual assault, you may want to talk to somebody but don’t know whom to trust. Who will really listen? Who won’t blame or judge? Getting back to normal can take a long time and you may be wondering if there is any one who can help. Many survivors have found it helpful to talk to rape crisis counselors. They are trained to listen and they understand the many feelings that are part of the Rape Trauma Syndrome. They will try to help you think through your decisions and deal with your feelings in the way that is best for you. They are ready to help you whenever you need them, now or in the future. Below are some of the common reactions to sexual assault.

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EMOTIONAL SHOCK: I feel numb. Why am I so calm? Why can’t I cry?

DISBELIEF: Did it really happen? Why me?

EMBARRASSMENT: What will people think? No I can’t tell my family.

SHAME: I feel so dirty, like there is something wrong with me now. I want to wash my hands all day long.

GUILT: I feel as if I did something to make this happen to me. If only I had……

DEPRESSION: How am I going to go on? I feel so tired and hopeless.

POWERLESSNESS: Will I ever feel in control again?

DISORIENTATION: I can’t sit still. I’m having trouble getting through the day. I’m just overwhelmed!

RETRIGGERING: I keep having flashbacks. I wish they would stop.

DENIAL: Wasn’t it “just” a rape?

FEAR: I’m afraid of so many things. Will I get pregnant or get VD? Am I safe? Can people tell what’s happened to me? Will I ever want to be intimate again? Will I ever get over this? I’m afraid I’m going crazy. I have nightmares that terrify me.

ANXIETY: I’m a nervous wreck! I have trouble breathing (Anxiety is often expressed in physical symptoms like difficulty in breathing, muscle tension, sleep trouble,change in appetite, nausea, stomachaches, nightmares).

ANGER: I want to KILL him

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