Futures Without Violence Shapes New National Prevention Strategy
June 16th, 2011
Last month, the United States Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin released the first ever National Prevention Strategy, a provision of last year’s health care reform legislation dedicated to improving American’s health and well-being and containing health care costs. The strategy included key recommendations put forward by Futures Without Violence, home to the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, on the importance of addressing domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and children’s exposure to violence as a necessary component of improving health.
Futures Without Violence President Esta Soler testified during a national meeting at the Department of Health and Human Services in October during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month on the impact of violence and abuse on health and earlier this year Futures Without Violence Public Policy and Advocacy Director Kiersten Stewart was asked to testify at a public hearing in Washington, D.C. on the initial set of recommendations put forward for the Strategy.
“We are pleased to see the National Prevention Strategy include addressing domestic and sexual violence and children’s exposure to violence as a critical element in our nation’s effort to improve the health and well-being of American families,” said Soler. “But now our real work begins --- seeing to it that this strategy is turned into action and that the government funds and implements the programs necessary to accomplish these goals.”
On average, one in four women in America will experience domestic violence and more than 15 million children witness this abuse annually. Close to 500 women, girls and boys are sexually assaulted in this country daily. Injuries associated with violence and abuse cost our nation more than $8 billion annually and one estimate suggests that violence and abuse could account for up to 1/3 of health care costs when chronic health conditions are included.
Review the National Prevention Strategy.