Intimate Partner Violence - VAMC Manchester, New Hampshire
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VAMC Manchester, New Hampshire

 

Intimate Partner Violence

Mission

Our mission is to implement a comprehensive person-centered, recovery oriented assistance program for Veterans, their families and Caregivers and VHA employees who use or experience intimate partner violence.

Who is at risk for experiencing intimate partner violence?

Everyone. However, there are certain groups who are at higher risk of violence than others, such as females between the ages of 18-35 and female veterans (Veterans Health Administration, 2013).

Warning signs include:

  • unexplained or repeated injuries
  • delay in seeking care
  • injuries during pregnancy
  • multiple ER visits
  • suicide attempts
  • substance use
  • fearful or evasive behavior and lack of independence

What are some ways to prevent the use of violence:

Be prepared!  Have a safety plan.

Seek treatment for mental health and substance use issues, including PTSD. Receive support for managing chronic pain. Seek employment and financial support when needed. Learn how to handle conflict in healthy ways, by participating in therapy or conflict resolution programs. Have a support system and do not be afraid to ask for help.

What is the difference between Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence?

Domestic Violence involves abuse that takes place within the home such as child abuse or elder abuse. Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) occurs when a former or current partner uses behaviors, or makes verbal threats, to intimidate, scare and control their current or former partner. IPV can be a “one time event” or last for years. Abuse can be emotional, physical or sexual. The important thing to remember is the abuse is NOT your fault, and that you are NOT alone.

Who do I contact if I just want to understand what support is available?

Staff at the VA can provide information and support to Veterans experiencing violence within their relationships. We can also provide general information to VA and community providers seeking to support Veterans experiencing violence within their relationships.

Manchester VA Medical Center
IPV Coordinator Contact Information:

Lori Iraheta-Yem, LCSW
603-624-4366 Ext 1219
or
Laura Caisse, LICSW
624-4366 Ext. 6541

Women’s Health 

Laura Caisse, LICSW
Women Veterans Program Manager
624-4366 Ext. 6541

Call 855-VA-WOMEN
Visit womenshealth.va.gov

Mental Health
Call 800-273-8255
Visit mentalhealth.va.gov

National Center for PTSD

Call 802-296-6300
Visit ptsd.va.gov

Help for Homeless Veterans: 877-4AID-VETVeterans Crisis Line Badge

Contact Info

Location

  • IPV Coordinator
    Manchester VAMC 718 Smyth Road, Manchester, NH

Contact Number(s)

  • 800-892-8384 Ext. 1219
  • 603-624-4366 Ext. 6541

Hours of Operation

  • 8-4:30 p.m.