VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Partner/Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Month. Violence can take many forms to include emotional, physical, sexual and threats. IPV can happen to anyone – men and women – regardless of age, income, race, ethnicity, culture, religion or disability.
What can I do if I have experience IPV?
The most important thing is your safety and the safety of your children. If you don’t feel safe at home right now, you can seek help immediately by calling 911.
If you feel safe now but are concerned about the future, there are steps you can take to increase your safety:
- Talk to any of your VA providers about IPV and any safety concerns.
- Tell your trusted friends and family about what is going on and come up with a safe place you could go if needed.
- Create a safety plan with your provider.
Your safety plan may include:
- Safe places you can go.
- Saving money in a safe place.
- Phone numbers and addresses for family and friends.
- Shelters and crisis hotline numbers.
Contact local shelters if you are unable to stay with trusted family and friends. To find a local shelter:
- Contact your local police department.
- Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)
- Visit www.thehotline.org
VA Connecticut can help you get the services you need if you are experiencing IPV.
- Contact us at 203-932-5711 and ask to speak to the IPV Coordinator Kaci Hathaway at ext. 5714 (West Haven); Judy Adel at 860-666-6951 ext. 6442 (Newington); or the Women Veterans Program Manager Lynette Adams at ext. 5402 (West Haven).
- VA employees impacted by IPV can contact the Employee Assistance Program through the Occupational Health Unit (Employee Health).
- VA can provide community referrals for things such as legal advice, shelters and support groups.
- We offer effective therapies for mental health problems that commonly occur with IPV such as PTSD, depression, anxiety and alcohol or drug use problems.
- Speak to your primary care provider and he/she can refer you to a mental health specialist such as a social worker or psychologist.
- VA Strength At Home program (call ext. 5714 or ext. 6442 for more information)
- Talk to your VA providers
- Get a Mental Health screening to determine if any underlying, undiagnosed, untreated health conditions are contributing
- VA couples therapy (if it is safe/appropriate)
- Call Kaci Hathaway in West Haven (ext. 5714) and Judy Adel, LMFT in Newington (ext. 6442) for consultation (*note not an emergency hotline)
- Improve the overall health of your relationship with VA couples therapy (call exts. 5714 or 6442 for more information or talk to your VA provider)