Post by Lauresa Garnett
Did you know February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month? According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, almost 1 in 10 teens reports being physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year.
Teens who suffer dating abuse are subject to long-term consequences like alcoholism, eating disorders, promiscuity, thoughts of suicide, and violent behavior. A striking 33 percent of adolescents in America are victim to sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional dating abuse and every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten. Domestic violence and teen violence are just one of the many issues we address as Social Worker’s with HealthNet. We assist patients with getting into domestic violence shelters, as well and creating a safety plan for those who are unable to leave immediately. We provide them with resources for their families by connecting them to community agencies.
Every year our social work team makes aware of this issue by having a question and answer contest with all of HealthNet employees. Lauresa Garnett and Donna Richardson are two of Healthnet’s social workers who are also a part of the IU Health Domestic Violence Coalition. An organization developed and participated by IU Health employees who are concerns about this topic of abuse; this group exists to bring better awareness of abuse to our staff and patients.
For more information about HealthNet’s Social Services Department, please visit www.indyhealthnet.org.