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Text Box: Power of Intimacy, Dean Ornish M.D., love and intimacy are as important to healthy living as nutrition and exercise.    Research shows:
People in committed relationships live longer than people who are single.
People who are socially isolated are 2-5 times more likely to die prematurely than those who have a sense of connection
People with few relationships of any Text Box:  The healthy intimate relationship includes self knowledge, communication, commitment, trust and the willingness to be vulnerable.  Intimacy is reciprocal.  A healthy intimate connection is one in which both partners know themselves and share in a sense of equality.   
Establishing this level of intimacy goes along way towards enhancing your health.  Physical health had long been linked to connection to others.  As noted in Love and Survival: The Scientific Basis for the Healing Text Box: kind were 4 times as likely to develop a common cold as those who had more relationships.
People with pets are healthier than people without them.
Having a close and supportive relationship with parents in our childhood leads to happier relationships in later life.
“If a new drug had the same impact, ( as intimacy) virtually every doctor in the country would be recommending it for their paText Box:  Health and Intimacy– The Connection
Text Box:  About 50% of all women will experience physical abuse in an intimate relationship, and for about 25%-34% of these women, the abuse will be regular and ongoing.  An abusive relationship occurs when one partner behaves in a manner that seeks to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation.  It often includes the threat or use of violence.  However, not all abuse is physical.   Below are some of the warning signs of an abusive relationship.

Exhibit extreme jealousy and possessiveness.
Embarrass you or put you down in front of friends and family.
Make you feel you cannot make decisions
Use intimidation or threats to gain compliance.
Put down your accomplishments or goals.
Treat you roughly– grab, push, pinch, choke, kick, shove, restrain or hit you.
Call you repeatedly throughout the day or night or check up on you to make sure you are where you said you would be.
Use drugs or alcohol as an excuse for saying hurtful things or abusing you.  
Blame you for how they feel or act.
Becomes angry easily.
Have rigid views on the roles of men women in relationships.
Text Box: Behave cruelly to children or animals.
Pressure you sexually for things you are not ready for.
Make you feel there is “no way out” of the relationship.
Prevent you from doing things you want or seeing/talking to friends or family.
Try to keep you from leaving after a fight or leave you somewhere after a fight to “teach you a lesson”.

DO YOU……..
Feel scared of how your partner will act.
Constantly make excuses to other people for your partner’s behavior. 
Believe you can help your partner change if only you changed something about yourself.
Try not to do anything that would cause conflict or make your partner angry.
Feel like no matter what you do, your partner is never happy with you.
Always do what your partner wants you to do instead of what you want.
Stay with your partner because you are afraid of what your partner would do if you broke up.
What You Can Do To Stay Safe…….
Try to leave before the violence occurs, preferably when your partner is not around.
If an argument is unavoidable, try to have it in a room or area that has access to an exit Text Box: ( not in a bathroom, kitchen or anywhere near weapons).
Teach your eldest or most responsible child to call the police and give your name and address if a violent incident is occurring.
If your partner gets violent, try to get in a room with a lock on the door and a telephone.
Know how and where to get out of your home safely—have escape routes planned.
Notify a neighbor to be alert to violence/ screaming etc. and to call the police is this occurs.  Have a code word to use with neighbors, friends or family for when you need help.
Get rid of all weapons
Have some money hidden and enough for a motel room, telephone calls, gas and food.
Have two extra sets of keys made for your home and car.  Keep one set in a safe place and give another set to a trusted friend.
Have a bag with extra clothing packed for you and your children.
Make arrangements with a trusted friend or friend of a friend that your partner doesn’t know to help keep you safe in the event you must leave your home.
Call The Spring Domestic Violence 
Center/ Shelter at 813-247-5433.
Text Box:  Warning Signs of an Abusive Relationship

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