Jun 16, 2011
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Futures Without Violence Applauds Inclusion of Violence Prevention in National Health Policy Strategy

WASHINGTON DC – Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, issued the following statement on the National Prevention Strategy released today by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and U.S. Surgeon General:

“The inclusion of violence prevention among the core principles of our nation’s prevention strategy is a significant victory for victims’ advocates.

Violence has serious health consequences that last long after the initial trauma, both for adults and children. With nearly one quarter of women experiencing violence or abuse in her lifetime and millions of children affected, the prevalence clearly argues for this population to receive early assessment and counseling.

Victims of domestic violence are at increased risk for heart disease, obesity, stroke, hypertension and chronic pain. Abused women and girls are at significantly higher risk for unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Children who witness family violence are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, substance abuse and asthma.

Today’s announcement is an important step in our efforts to recognize that for people to be healthy, they must be able to live free of violence.”

- Esta Soler, Founder and President, Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund

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