AAPI panel discussion explores ways to stop domestic violence

New York: An international web-conference on ‘Ways to Prevent Domestic Violence’ with renowned speakers from across the United States and India was organized by the women’s committee of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) on October 17th, 2021.   

Describing domestic violence as “a serious public health concern” Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, President of AAPI, in her welcome address said, “October is Domestic Awareness Month. Nearly one in four women and one in seven men in the US have experienced physical violence at the hands of their domestic partners, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The very important discussion today with an experts panel is aimed at helping AAPI members and the larger society to learn on ways to help promote healthy, respectful and nonviolent relationships.” 

Dr. Seema Arora, past AAPI BOT Chair and currently serving as AAPI Women’s Committee Chair, introduced the panelists and explained the significance of the color purple, which is a symbol of courage. Setting the stage and the context for this very important area of concern, Dr. Arora said, “AAPI women’s physicians committee is trying to increase awareness towards this very prevalent but subdued age-old problem that can affect any gender, race, region & socio-economic strata in a panel discussion with renowned panellists from around the world.” 


Dr. Meher Medavaram, a member of AAPI’s Women’s Committee introduced Deanne Mazzochi, Illinois State Representative, Attorney Life Science Law.  Rep. Mazzochi shared with the audience about her work as a state legislator and as an attorney who works with women and families, ensuring the safety of those in DV situations. She described the many laws and legal systems that are available to victims of DV in the state of Illinois. She advocated that one should “ensure that you have a safe place to live,” if and when you want to leave an unhealthy relationship. 


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