Please forgive the interruption of my usual Wednesday Bits and Bites feature, but the entire morning has been taken up by a very worthy cause.
For the last 4 years, and for one more, I have been a participant in a large, ongoing research study involving abused women. The researchers involved have been meeting with partipants yearly, and have been documenting the effects of personal, social and economic resources on the mental and physical health of women in the years after leaving an abusive partner. Information gathered from this study upon completion will give the most in depth look at the changes women go through after leaving, and how the systems currently in place should be changed or altered to reflect actual data.
I volunteered to participate in the hopes that it can make a difference for someone else in the future. As with everything I do, if it changes things for the better, for even one person, I will have made a difference. A few hours out of my life once a year are nothing compared to the good that could result from it.
This years interview and assessment were particularly timely, considering the Scott Young saga currently in the news. Having met and talked with one of his victims, Colleen Preston, the need is still starkly clear, that both the short term and long term effects of emotional and physical abuse on a womans health and welfare are dramatic, and must be adequately addressed by lawmakers , social service providers and medical professionals.
Come again tomorrow, and I promise some intriguing Bits and Bites for you then!