He talks about all kinds of health issues and medical breakthroughs on the series, "The Doctors,"which airs every day on this station at 1:30. Dr. Travis Stork says preventing domestic violence is a true passion of his since he sees it so often in the emergency room.
You see, when he's not shooting "The Doctors" in Los Angeles, he's working in the E.R. at Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville.
However, right now, he's in Lubbock for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
We see it on TV and in the movies, and it's called entertainment, but the reality is there are more than a million victims of physical assault by an intimate partner every year, and 85% of the victims are women.
Even Lubbock's Women's Protective Services provide shelter to more than 3500 women and children every year.
Fritzi Cates, Executive Director at Women's Protective Services, said "We fill over 400 calls per month from women, who are in crisis and have been abused by their partner. Anywhere from strangulation marks, black eyes, broken noses, broken arms, and broken legs. We've had women come in with their hair shaved off."
The pictures of abuse tell just part of the story, but underneath the cuts and bruises, there can be other injuries that are longer lasting and more damaging like arthritis, chronic neck or back pain, migraine, and other frequent headaches, stammering, problems seeing, sexually transmitted infections, chronic pelvic pain and stomach ulcers.
Women between the age of 20 and 24 face the greatest risk of partner violence.
TEAR stands for Teens Experiencing Abusive Relationships, and it says one in three teens reports knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped, choked or physically hurt by their partner.
That crisis is what brings Dr. Travis Stork to Lubbock.
You've seen him on "The Doctors," but this time his advice is more personal because he is in Lubbock to address the young people in our community in an effort to stop the violence, and to help promote healthy relationships.
Dr. Travis Stork said, "We have the opportunity with teenagers to teach them that love and healthy relationships involves words like respect and support. It's interesting how we're learning more and more about being in a healthy relationship; how it improves your lifespan, and how it can decrease your chance to have a heart attack, and how it's all interconnected. The more you're able to support one another in relationships, the better off you're going to be when it comes to not only your mental health, but overall your physical health."
Dr. Stork will be speaking twice in Lubbock tomorrow. First, he will speak to doctors and nurses at the Knipling Center from 7:30 to 8:30 in the morning to help them continue medical education credits. Then, at 11:45, buses will arrive at the United Spirit Arena for "Doc Talk". He will talk to students from all over, and can help them learn how to identify bad relationships and build healthy ones.
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