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Title: Mental Health Safety Tips


1
Mental Health Safety Tips
  • By
  • SPC MacNeill
  • SPC Schober
  • 68X Mental Health Specialists

2
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
3
WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
  • People often think of domestic violence as
    physical violence, such as hitting
  • However, domestic violence takes other forms,
    such as psychological, emotional, or sexual abuse

4
WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE? (CONTD)
  • Domestic violence and emotional abuse are
    behaviors used by one person in a relationship to
    control the other
  • Partners may be married or not married
    heterosexual, gay, or lesbian living together,
    separated or dating
  • Children and friends can also be put into this
    category

5
WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE? (CONTD)
  • Many people who are being abused do not see
    themselves as victims
  • Also, abusers do not see themselves as being
    abusive

6
WHO CAN BE A VICTIM?
  • ANYONE CAN BE A VICTIM!
  • Victims can be of any age, sex, race, culture,
    religion, education, employment or marital status
  • Although both men and women can be abused, most
    victims are women

7
Who Are The Abusers?
  • There is no 'typical' abuser
  • Anyone can be an abuser
  • Abusers have learned to abuse so that they can
    get what they want
  • Abuse is not an accident

8
Who Are The Abusers? (CONTD)
  • Abusers often have low self-esteem
  • They do not take responsibility for their actions
  • They may even blame the victim for causing the
    violence
  • Abuse does not happen because someone was
    stressed-out, drinking, or using drugs

9
Who Are The Abusers? (CONTD)
  • In public
  • Appear friendly and loving to their partner and
    family
  • Behind closed doors
  • Often the only time they abuse
  • Try to hide the abuse by causing injuries that
    can be hidden and do not need a doctor

10
WHY DOESNT THE ABUSED PERSON JUST LEAVE?
  • Fear
  • Of being killed
  • Of the abuser committing suicide
  • Of not being believed about the abuse
  • Of being stalked by the abuser
  • Isolation
  • By the abuser often results in a lack of a
    support system. (Family, friends, co-workers,
    etc.)
  • Economic Reality
  • May not possess marketable skills
  • may have limited access/ dread government
    assistance
  • Due to an abuser's control of money may have no
    access to cash, checks, or important documents

11
WHY DOESNT THE ABUSED PERSON JUST LEAVE? (CONTD)
  • Childhood Experiences of Living in a Home Where
    There Was Abuse
  • May leave a victim feeling that abuse is
    unavoidable
  • That it is okay to abuse people you love when
    they have done something wrong
  • Beliefs About The Abuser
  • Strong feelings of love and emotional connection
  • The belief that the abuser is all-powerful and
    will be able to find the victim anywhere
  • May feel that s/he is the only one who can help
    the abuser overcome problems
  • Beliefs About Themselves
  • Acceptance of responsibility for the problems in
    a relationship
  • Low self-esteem due to repeated acts of abuse
  • A feeling that abusive behavior is all the victim
    deserves

12
WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN IN VIOLENT HOMES?
  • Parents often think that their children do not
    know about the violence within the home
  • However, most of the time the children are fully
    aware of the violence within the home!
  • Children in homes where there is domestic
    violence are more likely to be abused and/or
    neglected

13
WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN IN VIOLENT HOMES? (CONTD)
  • Even if a child is not physically harmed, they
    may have emotional and behavior problems
  • They can feel helpless, scared and upset
  • They may also feel like the violence is their
    fault
  • They are afraid for their parents and themselves
  • Children feel bad that they cannot stop the abuse
  • Children are harmed just by seeing and hearing
    the violence!

14
WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN IN VIOLENT HOMES? (CONTD)
  • Problems that do not go away on their own, even
    as the children get older
  • They can have trouble sleeping
  • They can have trouble in school and getting along
    with others
  • They often feel sad and scared all the time
  • They may grow up feeling bad about themselves
  • It is VERY important if you know of children that
    live in a violent home for you to report it,
    immediately!

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WHAT SPECIAL CONCERNS CAN VICTIMS OF ABUSE HAVE?
  • If you are a person of color ...
  • You may be afraid of prejudice
  • You may be afraid of being blamed for going out
    of your community for help
  • If you are a lesbian, gay, or transgendered
    person ...
  • You may be afraid of having people know about
    your sexual orientation
  • If your religion makes it hard to get help ...
  • You may feel like you have to stay and not break
    up the family

17
WHAT SPECIAL CONCERNS CAN VICTIMS OF ABUSE HAVE?
(CONTD)
  • If you are physically or mentally challenged or
    elderly ...
  • You may depend on your abuser to care for you
  • You may not have other people to help you
  • If you are a male victim of abuse ...
  • You may be ashamed and scared that no one will
    believe you
  • If you are from another country ...
  • You may be afraid of being deported

18
WHAT SPECIAL CONCERNS CAN VICTIMS OF ABUSE HAVE?
(CONTD)
  • If you have a teen ...
  • They could be a victim of abuse, or at risk if
    they are dating someone who
  • is very jealous and/or spies on them
  • will not let them break off the relationship
  • hurts them in any way, is violent, or brags about
    hurting other people
  • puts them down or makes them feel bad
  • forces them to have sex or makes them afraid to
    say no to sex
  • abuses drugs or alcohol pressures them to use
    drugs or alcohol
  • has a history of bad relationships and blames it
    on others

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Cycle of Violence
  • Incident
  • Any type of abuse occurs (physical/sexual/emotiona
    l)
  • Tension Building
  • Abuser starts to get angry
  • Abuse may begin
  • There is a breakdown of communication
  • Victim feels the need to keep the abuser calm
  • Tension becomes too much
  • Victim feels like they are 'walking on egg
    shells'

21
Cycle of Violence (CONTD)
  • Making-Up
  • Abuser may apologize for abuse
  • Abuser may promise it will never happen again
  • Abuser may blame the victim for causing the abuse
  • Abuser may deny abuse took place or say it was
    not as bad as the victim claims
  • Calm
  • Abuser acts like the abuse never happened
  • Physical abuse may not be taking place
  • Promises made during 'making-up' may be met
  • Victim may hope that the abuse is over
  • Abuser may give gifts to victim
  • The cycle can happen hundreds of times in an
    abusive relationship

22
What Can I Do To Be Safe?
  • Call the police
  • If you feel you are in danger from your abuser at
    any time, you can call 911 or your local police
  • Get support from friends and family
  • Tell your supportive family, friends and
    co-workers what has happened

23
What Can I Do To Be Safe? (CONTD)
  • Find a safe place
  • It is not fair
  • You should not have to leave your home because of
    what your abuser has done, sometimes it is the
    only way you will be safe
  • There are shelters that can help you move to a
    different city or state

24
What Can I Do To Be Safe? (CONTD)
  • Get medical help
  • If you have been victimized, go to the hospital
    or your doctor
  • Special medical concerns
  • Sometimes you may not even know you are hurt
  • What seems like a small injury could be a big one
  • If you are pregnant and you were hit in your
    stomach, tell the doctor
  • Domestic violence victims can be in danger of
    closed head injuries
  • If any of these things happen after a hit to the
    head, get medical care right away
  • Memory loss
  • Dizziness
  • Problems with eyesight
  • Throwing-up
  • Headache that will not go away

25
REPORT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE!
  • CALL THE MPS (334)255-2222
  • IF YOU LIVE OF POST CALL 911
  • TELL YOUR CHAIN OF COMMAND
  • CALL SOCIAL WORK SERVICES
  • REPORT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE!

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