May Injury Prevention
Preventing violent acts
As a part of its overall outreach, St. John tracks all injuries admitted through its trauma services branch. This registry gives a pulse on what types of injuries are occurring in our community.
A few statistics to consider:
- Motor vehicle crashes account for approximately 45 percent of all traumas. The involvement of substances in those traumas is approximately 40 percent.
- Violent acts such as stab or gunshot wounds are the second most common traumatic injuries, accounting for about 19 percent of patients
Regrettably, violence has become all too prevalent in our society. It is one of the injury categories that spans the lifecycle from infants and children through elderly adults, and is the causative factor in more than 18,000 deaths each year. Instances of homicide and/or suicide, as well as verbal, emotional or physical interpersonal abuse are seen on a regular basis. While violence can kill, it also leaves many survivors that are permanently scarred physically and emotionally.
Child abuse and domestic violence have been ‘on the radar’ for a long period of time. However, bullying and elder abuse have only recently come to the forefront. Through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, research is ongoing into the causes and ways to interrupt the cycles of abuse.
Individuals who are abused often feel that they deserve it because they have done something that displeases the perpetrator. There is no excuse for abuse, and it is never acceptable. Abuse destroys self-confidence and self-esteem in many individuals. So what can you do for yourself or for someone else that you are concerned may be a victim of violence?
If you are being abused, verbalize your concern to another individual such as a trusted family member, friend or clergy person. If someone comes to you about abuse in his or her life, listen closely and then when asked, be ready with some appropriate recommendations for individuals or groups experience in handling these situations. The following services offer assistance for those in abusive situations.
- 211: This is a statewide helpline for putting individuals in touch with the agency/facility they need. Dial 211 for information. The Tulsa area is served by the Department of Human Services agencies which cover child, elderly and vulnerable adult abuse.
- DVIS (Domestic Violence Intervention Service): Provides comprehensive intervention and prevention services to men, women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence. Call (918) 585-3163.
- Ann Dooley Patterson Family Safety Center: Provides tools for helping with some legal matters associated with violence. Call (918)742-7480 for more information.
- TRIAD: offers advocacy and education for elders and vulnerable adults. This volunteer group is made up of members from law enforcement and social service organizations that have made protection against fraud, abuse and neglect of seniors and vulnerable adults their primary mission.
All of the identified resources are only helpful if they are contacted. Don’t wait until you or someone you care about dies or is physically or emotionally scarred from being traumatized or abused before you call for help. Many individuals feel ashamed and depressed that they need help for handling violence in their own life, but help is exactly what is needed. No one deserves to be abused or a victim of violence.