A Domestic Violence Divorce – How Abusers Use the System to Invalidate Domestic Violence Survivors

Victims of domestic abuse reach out to the system for help in stopping the abuse perpetrated upon them. This can involve both healthcare and law enforcement. Yet, what actually happens, more often than most people know, is that these so-called “helpers” can be used to perpetuate domestic violence “legally” during divorce.

In healthcare, it’s the psychologists and psychiatrists. These healthcare providers are frequently manipulated by abusers to aid them in establishing false claims about the domestic abuse survivors that they batter and control.

Psychiatric Diagnosis as Batterer’s Club in Domestic Violence Divorce

Almost daily, I am sought out by a domestic violence survivor seeking help from being falsely accused of being mentally ill. In many of the cases, the mental healthcare diagnostics appear to be grossly improper.

But that doesn’t prevent a court from making determinations about the accused. In many of these cases, the battered mothers (and abused fathers) are faced with losing custody of and, in some cases, even the essential moments of simple human contact with their children.

Once judicial decisions are made, remedies can be added on and on…with no regard for the accuracy of the original foundation underlying the initial judicial decision. We have seen domestic violence victims prevented from having unsupervised or any access to their abused children because of a clinical psychiatric diagnosis.

The sad thing here is that those directly negatively impacted, like the protective parent and children, are unaware of this ploy during its set-up and ultimate execution. Often they go along with certain procedures trusting in their sanity and hoping for justice to prevail. Then, the day comes when they awaken to the fact that they have been re-victimized by their abuser’s manipulation of the psychologists and psychiatrists.

Psychiatric Re-victimization To What End

Now you’d think that if the batterer is getting a divorce and seeking to move on with their lives, then the victim’s declared mental health status would be of no interest to him/her. Wrong…completely wrong!

By establishing for “the record” that the domestic violence survivor is “crazy,” the abuser leverages their ability to regain and maintain control over the family…and most importantly, control over themselves, or at least control over their public image. Many people will tell you that the legal psychiatrics of a case are nothing more than to save face for the batterer.

The abuser seeks to walk away looking good and certainly not being an abuser. To this end, they must make the victim to be “bad”…”wrong”…”crazy.” Essentially, the abuser enlists (directly or indirectly) the healthcare provider to discredit the victim in order to invalidate who she/he is and what she/he stands for with respect to being a domestic abuse survivor.

If you are a domestic violence survivor and have been threatened with losing custody of your children and the credibility of you mental health status, seek to understand how batterers manipulate healthcare providers to establish false claims. And as you learn about the reality of what’s before you, find a credible professional to help you prevent this life-changing destructive legal psychiatric ploy. The sooner you become proactive in preventing the establishment of false claims, the easier you can prevent them from defining your life and limiting your liberties.

Impact Of Technological Advancements In The Healthcare Industry

Due to custom medical solutions the landscape of the healthcare industry has become fast-paced and patient-friendly. Software advancements in healthcare domain have totally transformed the way how patients interact with medical professionals, and vice versa. Innovation is thought to be the main thrust behind technical improvements in the healthcare field. Both doctors and patients want to leverage the power of software enhancements to have a more interactive health experience. In such a scenario, it is essential to explore the six major impactful technological advancements in the clinical domain in the last few years.

1). Digital Diagnostics: Digital diagnostics allow doctors to break geographical barriers and deliver remote care to the patients located in distant places. Through this technology, automated health assessment can be done electronically and virtually. There are many mobile applications and software programs which facilitate remote diagnostics and in future it is anticipated that more healthcare companies would also develop high-end programs to enable doctors diagnose patients without having to be physically present in front of each other.

2). Cloud/Portal Technology: The healthcare industry has also been benefited by the advent of Cloud services. Through this technology all the confidential health-related data of the patients can be stored at one place safely. This data is easily accessible to the doctors or patients whenever they require. It fulfils the need of the concerned parties to have an instantaneous and ubiquitous access to information. Cloud technology allows smooth information sharing across caregivers and let them collaborate and coordinate mutually to improve the quality of care for the patients.

3). Sensors/Wearable: Wearable devices understand the body needs and the health of the people by gathering mass data on a daily basis. From fitness bands to smart watches wearable are being extensively used by the consumers. People are using these wearable devices in their day-to-day lives in order to monitor and maintain their fitness levels. Apart from this, doctors specifically surgeons, are also making use of these devices such as Google Glass. It allows surgeons to have a direct access to the relevant information such as X-rays in the operating room. They can pre-load all the important medical data to the device and there is no need of them to leave operating room while treating the patient.

4). m-Health: m-Health stands for Mobile Health which helps doctors and patients to check on healthcare processes on the go with the help of smartphones and tablets. Mobile health allows doctors and patients to share and receive relevant health-related information more easily and effectively. There are thousands of mobile health apps which let patients obtain more personalized attention and quality care services. m-Health also use mobile phones and other communication devices to educate patients about preventive health care services. It is the best medium through which doctors can connect well with their patients and vice versa.

5). Self Service Kiosks: These kiosks help in completing basic hospital services like hospital registrations quickly without the help of medical administrators. Self service kiosks streamline all the administrative tasks of a clinical practice or a hospital. They assist patients in paying medical bills, checking identification, completing paperwork effectively within a short period of time. This saves a lot of time both for the hospital staff and the patients. These kiosks minimize the chances of any errors because they have comprehensive software inbuilt to automate and manage the concerned process smoothly.

6). Telemedicine/Tele-health: Telemedicine is a not a novel development, but a rapidly growing field. It has totally changed the current paradigm of care and facilitate improved access and improved health outcomes in cost-effective ways. With the help of tele-health patients can receive a full assessments from their doctors via video chats and e-visits. it let doctors connect with their patients in a more involved and relaxed manner. Telemedicine facilitates real-time and photo-based consultation, which allow doctors to treat patients in remote locations so that they can avoid the possible inconvenience of a hospital visit.

The increase in patient demands and the need for efficient processes has given rise to the advancement of customized healthcare software solutions. There are numerous seasoned medical solution providers offering services of a passionate and dedicated teams of healthcare software developers capable of crafting exceptional medical software and applications.

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