Family violence (also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, or
intimate partner violence) occurs when a family member, partner
or ex-partner attempts to physically or psychologically dominate
another. Family violence often refers to violence between
spouses, or spousal abuse but can also include cohabitants and
non-married intimate partners. Family violence occurs in all
cultures; people of all races, ethnicities, religions, sexes and
classes can be perpetrators of family violence. Family violence
is perpetrated by both men and women.
Family violence has many forms, including physical violence,
sexual abuse, emotional abuse, intimidation economic deprivation,
and threats of violence. Violence can be criminal and includes
physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), sexual abuse
(unwanted or forced sexual activity), and stalking. Although
emotional, psychological and financial abuse are not criminal
behaviors in some legal systems, they are forms of abuse and can
lead to criminal violence.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
family violence is a serious, preventable public health problem
affecting more than 32 million Americans, or more than 10 percent
of the U.S. population.
Why Texas Health is Involved
Texas Health recognizes that family violence is a complex public
health issue that impacts people at home, in the community and in
The impact of family violence on the workplace is demonstrated
both directly and indirectly through medical costs, loss of
productivity and factors that may lead to an unhealthy work
Texas Health viewed family violence as a public health issue.
However, as an employer, health care provider, and community
member and partner, we also realized that family violence has
come to the forefront as a serious workplace issue. No one
entity, such as law enforcement, or shelters, could tackle this
alone. It requires a collaborative effort in coordinating an
effective workplace and community response to family violence.
What Texas Health Hopes to Accomplish
The goal of Texas Health Family Violence Prevention and Your
Workplace program is to raise awareness of family violence and
provide education and resources to help reduce its impact on the
workplace and the community.
Texas Health wants to provide businesses with a comprehensive
toolkit that will provide the information, experience, training
and measurable outcomes to begin an effective Family Violence
Prevention program in your company.
Texas Health wants to help decrease the stigma and denial that
the problem exists in both the community and the workplace.
What Texas Health is Doing
Texas Health's focus is threefold:
- Focusing on our employees and leadership team by providing
educational training, brochures and resources materials;
- Developing and providing our physicians and clinicians with
training and assessment tools that will continue to provide
effective patient care to victims of family violence, and;
- Becoming active in our community by partnering and
financially supporting community efforts, while working directly
and indirectly with local, state and national level family