Getting help for abuse survivors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) An estimated one in four women and one in seven men are or have been victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. There is an enhanced effort getting underway by organizations including the YWCA West Central Michigan to include healthcare providers in the circle of helping survivors.

Groups of volunteers distributed packages to physicians across Grand Rapids on May 1. The packages include flyers and posters so people know where to get help. They also include information for physicians on how to assess someone to determine if they have domestic or sexual violence issues. Physicians can then refer the patient to the YWCA or other organizations. The goal is to get survivors help earlier so they can take advantage of these resources before their situation becomes critical.

The YWCA is providing three free trainings in May for physicians and their staff. Offices can also call the YWCA for training inside their office.

Tuesday, May 20:
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Noon – 1 p.m.

Thursday, May 29:
5 – 6 p.m.

25 Sheldon Blvd SE – GR

Register in advance: (616) 459-4681

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