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Helping women and children recover from the traumatic stress of domestic violence: Transcendental Meditation
by Linda Mainquist
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27 December 2013
At a recent conference in New York City, leaders in business, social welfare, and philanthropy came together to hear about an initiative that is bringing the Transcendental Meditation technique to hundreds of women and children suffering from the traumatic stress of domestic violence. The conference was co-sponsored by the David Lynch Foundation Women's Initiative, the New York City Family Justice Center, and the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates that 1.3 million women are victims of domestic violence, and more than 10 million children witness domestic violence each year. Both women and children who experience domestic violence commonly suffer from post-traumatic stress and its many debilitating physical and psychological effects—anxiety disorders, severe depression, high blood pressure, insomnia, and other stress-related illnesses.
Studies have also found that the medical and mental health treatment for those who have suffered from incidents of domestic violence, as well as their more than 7 million days of absence from paid work last year, is at a cost of tens of billions of dollars.
Click here to watch three short videos showing the dramatic relief from stress and the renewal of spirit that women and children are experiencing as a result of the Transcendental Meditation program.
One video shows highlights from the recent conference in New York City, featuring remarks from prominent women including CNN's Candy Crowley; Yolanda Jimenez, Commissioner, Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence; Carol Kurzig, President of the Avon Foundation for Women; and Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, Chief Medical Correspondent for Discovery Health TV.
For more information about the David Lynch Foundation's Women's Initiative, go to:
1. Women, Violence and Meditation: Transcending Traumatic Stress
2. WOMEN. MEDITATION. STRESS. - NYC Conference Highlights
3. Veteran gets her life back with Transcendental Meditation
4. TM Helps Women Vets Overcome the Stress of Military Life
5. Helping Veterans and Their Families Overcome Post-Traumatic Stress
SOURCE: Adapted from Transcendental Meditation Blog
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