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Health Minute: Domestic Violence During A Pandemic

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You’re listening to WPSU’s Health Minute, a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

For most people, staying at home has been the best health advice over the past several months. But what do you do when home isn’t a safe place?

Intimate partner violence or domestic violence impacts 1 out of every 4 women and 1 out of every 7 men in their lifetime.

Stressful situations – like a global pandemic - have been shown to increase rates of violence in the past.

“Safety planning” is working with individuals in unsafe relationships to develop strategies that work for them to stay safer. Safety planning helps empower survivors to make choices regarding their health and safety.

If you or someone you know is in an unsafe relationship, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE .

Join us next week at this time for WPSU’s Health Minute.

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For WPSU’s Health Minute, I’m Cheraine Stanford.

Cheraine Stanford is the Content Strategy Director at WPSU, responsible for developing the station's original productions across digital, radio and television.
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