Association of Women Surgeons Releases Statement on Intimate Partner Violence
Monday, August 20, 2018
Association of Women Surgeons Releases Statement
on Intimate Partner Violence
CHICAGO [August 20, 2018]—With more than 10 million women and men experiencing physical abuse from their partners each year, the Association of Women Surgeons released a new position statement to express support of efforts to educate and train surgeons to be resources and advocates for victims of intimate partner violence (IPV).
The Association of Women Surgeons, a not-for-profit educational and professional organization representing more than 2,000 members, both women and men, has a zero-tolerance policy for any form of intimate partner violence. AWS recognizes IPV within the context of family violence, which also includes child and elder abuse and neglect. Violence can be physical, emotional, and/or sexual, and can encompass behaviors such as hitting, punching, harassment, stalking, withholding of financial support, isolation, and sexual assault, among other things.
From the position statement:
“One in three women and one in seven men will suffer IPV in their lifetime. With such a high prevalence, universal screening is practical.
…Knowledge of local resources, and partnerships with law enforcement and community-based organizations can be extremely helpful. AWS supports restricting access to firearms for abusers to decrease the likelihood of intimate partner homicide in abusive relationships.
The mission of the Association of Women Surgeons is to inspire, encourage and enable women surgeons to realize their professional and personal goals. IPV will not be tolerated within the surgical community, not for our patients, friends, or colleagues.
We pledge to help women achieve safety and independence from fear and violence, via legislative efforts and community-based initiatives, such as the Violence against Women Act and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. AWS categorically supports efforts to educate and train surgeons to be a resource and to be advocates for victims of IPV.”
Read the AWS’ full position statement on IPV at https://www.womensurgeons.org/page/PositionStatements, which includes IPV national resource hotlines and websites.
About the Association of Women Surgeons
The Association of Women Surgeons (AWS), founded in 1981, is a not-for-profit educational and professional organization. With over 2,000 members, both women and men, AWS is one of the largest organizations dedicated to enhancing the interaction and exchange of information between women surgeons. Learn more at www.womensurgeons.org.