“Partnering to End Violence Against Women”

BCDHA_sign_for_EVABC_xsmall_dp“In BC, there are over 1000 physical or sexual assaults against women every week.”(from EVA BC- http://endingviolence.org/prevention-programs/be-more-than-a-bystander/be-more-than-a-bystander-statistics/ )

A recent partnership between the BCDHA and the Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC) places dental hygienists in a key role in helping to intervene in individual situations and bring more general awareness to violence against women. Nearly 75% of physical injuries received during episodes of violence against women by an intimate partner are inflicted to the head, face, mouth and neck.  Dental hygienists are in a unique position to be among the first health care professionals to recognize signs of abuse and help survivors.  They may also witness behavioural indicators of abuse in their practice setting, such as interactions between partners.

A further dialogue with Tracy Porteous, Executive Director of EVA BC, about violence against women helped to further strengthen the connection between BCDHA and EVA BC and how each of us has an opportunity and responsibility to recognize the signs of violence and break the historical silence surrounding these issues.

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