In an article by Rick Nauert, Ph.D. published on PsychCentral, he notes that new research suggests that incidents of domestic violence will rise with the increasing number of veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Monica Matthieu, Ph.D., an expert on veteran mental health and an assistant professor of social work at Washington University in St. Louis, asserts that the consequences on families and children in communities across the United States are an emerging concern.
VA research shows that male vets with PTSD are two to three times more likely than veterans without PTSD, to engage in intimate partner violence and more likely to be involved in the legal system.
“Treatments for domestic violence are very different than those for PTSD. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has mental health services and treatments for PTSD, yet these services need to be combined with the specialized domestic violence intervention programs offered by community agencies for those veterans engaging in battering behavior against intimate partners and families.”
Matthieu and Peter Hovmand, Ph.D., domestic violence expert and assistant professor of social work at Washington University, are merging their research interests and are working to design community prevention strategies to address this emerging public health problem.
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Note: A fascinating fact from the article is this:
“Even as the demographic of the veteran population changes as WWII veterans reach their 80’s and 90’s, and young veterans completing tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, the numbers of living veterans who have served in the United States military is staggering. Current estimates indicate that there are 23,816,000 veterans. “