OCTOBER 5, 2017
THE INVISIBLE WOUNDS CONFERENCE
The conference will examine how PTSD is a common trait for victims of domestic abuse, its effect on urban communities and the toll it takes on veterans adjusting to civilian life. Thought leaders in each discipline will discuss research and remedies to support improving conditions for individuals and communities impacted by these three conditions.
Opening Remarks via video from Senator Cory Booker, the former Mayor of Newark, NJ.
Senator Booker has distinguished himself as a champion for the less fortunate. In his role as a civil servant he has pushed legislation to support veterans and deter the mass incarceration of young minority males.
One out of every three women and one out of every four men have been physically abused by an intimate partner. Domestic violence is most common among women between the ages of 18-24.
Victims of domestic violence lose over eight million days of paid work each year. The cost of domestic violence exceeds $8.3 billion annually.
One in every five adults is diagnosed with a mental health condition. Over 50% of individuals diagnosed with a mental disability DO NOT get help. Six out of 10 young adults diagnosed with depression do not get help.
Children in an urban community are more likely to suffer from PTSD than a soldier returning from Iraq or Afghanistan. More than 60% of men and 51% of women experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetimes.
Over half a million troops deployed since 2001 suffer from PTSD. Less than 20% receive adequate care. There are more than 50,000 homeless veterans every night.
Every month nearly 1,000 veterans attempt to take their own life. The unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is 10%. Over 1.5 million veterans will enter the labor force in the next five years.