udies show that survivors of domestic abuse experience additional health problems beyond the physical injuries they may endure from abuse, such as arthritis; asthma; stroke; high cholesterol; heart attack; heart disease and substance abuse. Sadly, we have long known that the impact of domestic abuse extends far beyond the homes where it occurs.
Friends and family are also deeply impacted by domestic abuse. Approximately 25% of calls to the SHALVA help line each year are from people worried about someone they know. They are looking for advice on how to talk to someone about their spouse or partner, but they are also experiencing worry, anxiety, stress and maybe even trauma, themselves. These callers are parents, siblings, cousins, friends, neighbors and even clergy members and we provide them with education and emotional support.
Please join us virtually on Thursday, June 22, 2023, for our annual luncheon where we will be exploring the ripple effect of domestic abuse throughout a community. Your participation ensures that community members have a valuable resource and hundreds of domestic violence survivors receive critical crisis help, long-term counseling, legal and housing assistance, and financial support.