Page 5 - Chehalis Tribal Newsletter in January, 2016
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Men: Overlooked victims Foot care for people with diabetes
of domestic violence
By Deborah Behre, podiatrist, DMP, GET CHECKED
Surveys find steady HELP IS AVAILABLE Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center
increase of physical abuse Podiatrist Deborah Behre will be here
by wives or girlfriends Contact Janita Raham, domestic People with diabetes have to take from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays,
violence advocate, at 360-789-3627 special care of their feet and should Jan. 27, Feb. 24 and March 23.
Contributed by Janita Raham, (24 hours a day, seven days a week) or have a comprehensive foot exam every To make an appointment with her, please
domestic violence advocate in the office at 360-709-1874. year even if they don’t have any foot call the Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center
If you leave a message, please indicate problems. Some things you can do to at 360-273-5504 and ask to speak to
When I say domestic violence, whether it’s safe to call the number back. keep your feet healthy: Michelle Romero, diabetes outreach LPN,
what do you think of? You also can email jraham@ or Pat Odiorne, RD, CDE. n Wash your feet in warm water daily
Chances are you imagine a n Dry your feet well, especially n Wear clean and soft socks that fit
situation where a woman has been n Insults you in private or public between the toes well
physically assaulted by a man. n Abuses or threatens to abuse the n Keep skin soft with a moisturizing
children or pets lotion, but do not apply in between n Keep your feet warm and dry
The truth is there are thousands n Physically intimidates you by toes n Always wear shoes that fit
of instances where men silently pushing, hitting or with weapons n Inspect your feet daily for cuts, n Never walk barefoot indoors or
suffer beatings by their girlfriends n Acts overly jealous bruises, blisters or swelling outdoors
or wives, but we rarely hear their n Forces sex n Tell your health care provider right n Examine your shoes daily for
stories. Domestic violence has away if you do find something wrong cracks, pebbles, nails or anything that
long-lasting effects on everyone it with your feet could hurt your feet
Surveys are beginning to confirm touches. Compared to men who n Ask your diabetes care team how
what male victims of domestic abuse have not been abused, male victims you should cut your toenails
have been experiencing for some are at a higher risk for chronic pain,
time: a steady increase in instances poor mental and physical pain,
of physical abuse by their wives or limited physical capabilities, trouble
girlfriends. sleeping and frequent headaches in
later life.
Men suffer in silence for many Domestic abuse is a serious issue
reasons, making them less likely to whether you are a man or woman.
report the abuse. But there is help.
If you or someone you know is a
Men might be embarrassed or victim of domestic violence, dating
think they can handle the abuse. violence, sexual assault or stalking,
Some victims also fear they will be you have someone to talk to.
ridiculed for admitting their female All services provided by the
partner is abusing them. Tsapowum Chehalis Behavioral
Health Domestic Violence Program
A man who calls the police to are free and confidential.
report domestic violence is three I am here to listen in my office or
times more likely to be arrested then another place you feel safe.
the women. Services include:
n Someone safe to talk with
n Every 37.8 seconds, a man in n Safety planning
America is abused n Court assistance
n Service related transportation
n 830,000 men fall victim to n Education and prevention
domestic violence every year
This project was supported by Grant
n One in 10 men in the United No. 2013-TW-AX0040 awarded
States have experienced rape, physical by the office on Violence Against
violence, and/or stalking by a partner Women, U.S. Department of Justice.
and report that they have been The opinions, findings, conclusions
affected by the incident and recommendations expressed in
this publication/program/exhibition
n Nearly one in seven men in are those of the author(s) and do
the country has experienced severe not necessarily reflect the views of
physical violence by an intimate the Department of Justice, Office on
partner. Violence Against Women.

Although we don’t hear much
about domestic violence against men,
it happens often.

Men might have a difficult time
recognizing and identifying abuse
in a relationship. You might be
experiencing domestic violence if
your partner:

n Stalks you or is constantly
checking up on you

n Controls your money
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