Domestic Abuse Has Long Term Health Impact, Survey Says


Rose Stuckey Kirk, Verizon vice president of global corporate social responsibility, said that the long-term health consequences of domestic violence couldn't be properly addressed until an association between the two was acknowledged.

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"This research is important in that it opens up a new way to understand how health care providers can play a significant role in preventing domestic violence and chronic health problems," she said.

As for Steiner, she's remarried and has three children, and she's written several books, including the bestseller "Crazy Love," about her abusive relationship.

But she's aware of the toll the violence has taken on her well-being.

"The fear, it's like it got into my bones. I feel it on an emotional level but even more so on a physical level," she said.

Tweet Chat on the Health Impact of Domestic Violence, Today at 1 p.m., ET

The effects of domestic violence on its victims don't stop once the abuse is over. It has a bearing on every aspect of victims' lives, including their long-term health.

Please join ABC chief health and medical correspondent Dr. Richard Besser for an ABC health tweet chat today at 1 p.m. ET on the health implications of domestic violence.

We'll be joined by representatives from organizations that support domestic violence survivors, including the authors of the Verizon Foundation and More magazine survey, the Department of Health and Human Services and more than 40 hospitals and research centers. We'll also be joined by survivors who will share their stories with the hope of helping other women, men and children who've been victims of domestic violence.

Click here to find out how easy it is to join the chat or follow along on the live blog during the chat. Mobile users can use this link for the live blog.

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