START CEO Supports Domestic Violence Awareness with Council Member Laurie Cumbo

"For our team of doctors, juvenile mental health clinicians and behavioral health staff at START Treatment & Recovery Centers, the issue of domestic violence is one that we view with great importance. Local and national dynamics reveal the need for us all to focus greater resources to better curtail this problem. So I am delighted to stand in unity today with Council Member Laurie Cumbo at City Hall to expand awareness and professional collaboration to eradicate domestic violence," said Lawrence S. Brown, MD, MPH, FASAM who serves as the CEO of the non-profit that has health clinics across NYC.

Domestic violence, either among families or intimate friends, is more common than one might expect. This public health problem, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, affects millions of U.S. residents. It also triggers serious collateral damage for the victims' families and communities within which they reside.  As an illustration, statistics indicate:

  • In an average minute, about 24 people are victims of rape or physical violence by an intimate partner.1
  • In 2010, 241 males and 1095 females were murdered by an intimate partner.2
  • In one year, more than 12 million women and men reported being a victim of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner.1
  • In their lifetime, 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) report experiencing severe physical violence (e.g., hit with a fist or something hard, beaten, slammed against something) by an intimate partner.1

Dr. Brown further commented, "With thirty percent of START Treatment & Recovery Centers' patients being female, not to ignore any experiences of violence our male patients may have experienced, the issue of domestic violence drives our desire for action. Further, research clearly shows that there is a strong relationship between drug abuse and violence so we look forward to sharing our expertise to tackle this problem in partnership with other providers."

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1. Black MC, Basile KC, Breiding MJ, Smith SG, Walters ML, Merrick MT, Chen J, Stevens MR. (2011). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

2. United States Department of Justice. (2011). Crime in the United States, 2010. Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reports