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Halloween – and the last day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Personally, I find it a bit ironic that the last day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month is also the day of ghosts, goblins and tricks. Many survivors of domestic violence are still haunted by the ghosts of their past, while most victims are still being tricked into staying in an abusive or violent relationship. Ironically, … Continue reading

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – PARENTS AND CHILDREN ABUSING EACH OTHER


The majority of time, society considers domestic violence as a spouse abusing a spouse, or intimate partner abuse. How often do we hear or read reports of parents abusing their own children? We hear of babies being brutally beaten just to make them stop crying. A book that was published several years ago brought the … Continue reading

Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Carolyn speaks


I had the privilege of being interviewed by Gayle Guyardo of the Tampa NBC affiliate, WFLA, on the Channel 8 News Today morning show. We addressed my own personal story, in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please take 6 minutes to view the spot. It has some valuable information regarding domestic violence. To … Continue reading

Domestic Violence – Monster in the Closet


There is just no way I can put it any clearer than this brief video from Verizon. Domestic violence lives just around the corner, across the street, sits at the next desk in your office, or on the bleacher beside you at the children’s soccer game. “Why doesn’t she just leave?” or “It’s really none … Continue reading

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – SEE IT FOR YOURSELF


WARNING – THIS VIDEO IS NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR YOUNG VIEWERS AND MAY BE UPSETTING TO ADULTS. I’m not going to take up a lot of space here for this one. I hope that instead of spending 5 minutes reading a post, you will spend it watching this video. Diane Sawyer interviews a victim, Susan Still, … Continue reading

VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: IT’S YOUR LIFE – IT’S YOUR CHOICE


At some time or another every victim of spouse abuse or domestic/intimate partner violence will be asked, “Why don’t you just leave?” We have a list as long as our arm as to why we stay, no matter how deeply we desire to get out of the situation. WE know why we choose to stay, … Continue reading

Taking Action Against Domestic Violence – View it Here, View it Now


You can now watch the entire 1-hour prime time special, “Taking Action Against Domestic Violence” online. To view, CLICK HERE  I hope you will watch and post a comment here. If any part of my segment or the show touched you, or shed a new light upon your situation, please share. You can do it … Continue reading

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED – Taking Action Against Domestic Violence


Have you read more than one post on my blog? Do you visit often, or is this your first time here? Please let me extend a special invitation to you. On October 14, 2011, beginning at 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, ABC Action News will air their annual primetime Emmy award winning special, TAKING ACTION AGAINST … Continue reading

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE WORKPLACE


When we are busy at the office trying to meet deadlines, getting projects completed, answering phones that are ringing off the hook, domestic violence is probably one of the last things to cross our mind—unless we are a present victim. How many of our coworkers are being buffeted by spousal or intimate partner abuse or … Continue reading

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE—WHEN BOTH PARTIES ARE ABUSERS


Have you ever known of a married couple who “just couldn’t get along?” They snipped and snapped, even in public, with no respect or regard for the other? It almost seemed as if they were egging the other on to take the first swing. Now, that is most certainly dysfunctional, but it is what I … Continue reading

WHAT BRINGS ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?


For far too long we have considered domestic violence as an anger management issue. Someone loses their temper and flies off the handle. That is only the tip of the iceberg. The driving force behind domestic/intimate partner violence is the fear of losing power and/or control over the victim. It is rare that domestic violence … Continue reading

IT COULD BE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IF . . .


  The perpetrator is abusing drugs or alcohol, and especially if it is escalating. There is a threat of taking the children away from you, and proving you an unfit mother. The family pet is being abused, or there are threats of it happening. You find yourself being verbally belittled, emotionally abused or ordered around … Continue reading

OCTOBER─NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH


This is a very busy time of year for any and all of those working against domestic violence, or to bring more awareness to the public regarding this wicked thing. How did it start? Visit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) website to learn the story behind it.  WHY do we continue to acknowledge … Continue reading

VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE—WHY WAS BEA DICKEY MURDERED?


This question came up on my blog recently. Unfortunately, there are times and murders when we just can’t seem to come up with an acceptable answer or explanation. Bea Dickey’s murder, at the time of this writing, did not fit the norm. Most victims who die at the hands of domestic violence are either shot … Continue reading

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