DETROIT (WWJ) – Medical providers are using exam time to ask if patients feel “safe” at home.

In the wake of high profile domestic violence cases involving athletes – some medical providers are taking the time to ask patients if they’ve been mentally or physically abused at home reports WWJ’s Erica Murphy.

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Desiree Cooper, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, said many victims of abuse neglect their healthcare needs.

“We also find that when a patient is a victim of domestic violence that they often don’t come in for their regular health care,” said Cooper.

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“We want to make sure that patients understand that healthy relationships and living in a safe environment is also part of their health care and we see it as a health issue and as well as a safety issue for our patients.”

Cooper said her organization serves about 60,000 people every year. Patients who admit to being abused are connected with partner non-profits that provide immediate help.

Please share this information if you or someone you know may be a victim of domestic violence [HERE] or more information from HAVEN. 

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