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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic Violence: Recognize Patterns, Seek Help
Since most people don't report it, it's hard to know how common intimate partner violence (IPV) is but national studies indicate 1 in 4 women will experience intimate partner violence in her lifetime. For mixed race and Native American women, this number is 1 in 3. IPV happens among individuals of all ages, gender, religions, income levels and education. It also occurs in LGBTQ relationships.

What Does An Abusive Relationship Look Like?

It's not easy to identify an abusive partner early in the relationship as abusers are often charming and groom their partner for a time before the abusive behavior begins. Early clues such as possessive and controlling behaviors may be attributed to jealousy, but usually intensify as the relationship grows. IPV doesn't look the same in every relationship, but there are common methods the abusive partner uses to gain power and control over their partner.

Signs of an abusive relationship may include:
  • Insults, demeaning and embarrassing put downs
  • Physical violence with or without injuries
  • Sexual violence and rape
  • Control over what you do, who you talk to, where you go
Read more: Intimate Partner Violence (IPV): Recognizing Patterns and Dangerousness on ACNM's Midwifery & Women's Health via Our Moment of Truth.
Additional Resources
Resource on Intimate Partner Violence via Our Moment of Truth
Safety Planning for Abusive Situations via Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health
Rebuilding Financially After Domestic Violence via The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Start The Conversation
Share and follow the conversation on social media with the following Facebook posts:
Know the signs and protect yourself! Let's #takeastand against #domesticviolence @OurMomentofTruth 
Share this for everyone who may be suffering in silence. Resources for victims of #domesticviolence. @OurMomentofTruth 
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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Midwifery & Women's Health Resources
Understanding Breast Cancer
Additional Resources
Having Children After Breast Cancer via Susan G. Komen
Start The Conversation
Share and follow the conversation on social media with the following Facebook posts:
Worried about cost? Mammograms are covered for women over age 40 under the health care reform law. Learn more: @OurMomentofTruth #breastcancerawareness #savethetatas

Q. What are mammograms? A. Mammograms are x-rays of the breast that check for breast cancer. @OurMomentofTruth #breastcancerawareness #savethetatas
Share "Understanding Breast Cancer" on Facebook

Thanks to all the CA midwives who help launch National Midwifery Week 

by participating in our informative and fun Annual Meeting on October 1st 

and the Bay Area Chapter's Miles 4 Midwives event in Oakland on October 2nd.

(Some of the annual meeting presentations can be found on the Members Only page.)




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