This week, Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice was terminated from his team and “indefinitely suspended” by the National Football League (NFL) after a video surfaced showing Rice hitting his fiancé. The incident has spurred a national conversation on domestic violence.

It is estimated that one in four women fall victim to domestic violence in their lifetime.

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center has the only Forensic Medical Unit in Montgomery County. The unit provides forensic evidence collection and specialized medical care to women, men and children who are victims of sexual assault and physical abuse. Services include triage, medical screening exam, forensic evidence collection, photography, prophylaxis, mental health services, follow up and court testimony as expert witness.

Earlier this week, Heidi Bresee, coordinator of the unit at Shady Grove Adventist, talked to WTOP Radio (103.5 FM) about domestic violence. She explained that violence typically does not begin at the start of the relationship but rather later in the relationship. Heidi says domestic violence is more about “power and control than it is about the relationship.”

She urges women to seek help from anyone they feel comfortable confiding in, whether that is a family member, friend, coworker or other resource.

The Forensic Medical Unit at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center is opens 24 hours a day, seven days a week for anyone seeking support and medical assistance related to domestic violence or sexual assault.

Listen to Heidi’s full interview with WTOP Radio: Play.