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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

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE—From “Beautiful” to Abused


Looking back, I realize I was starving for some positive attention. So, when this guy who I had never seen before crashed my party and began telling me how beautiful I was and how much he wanted to take me on a date, I was flattered. You see, at best I saw myself as average. … Continue reading

IS VERBAL ABUSE A FORM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?


As surely as a trip starts with the first mile, or an omelet begins with breaking one egg, domestic violence starts with one word or sentence. The first occasion may consist of being told, “Shut up!” Perhaps it will soon be followed with, “Nobody wants to hear what you have to say.” The confrontations have … Continue reading

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE—BUT A WIFE IS TO SUBMIT, RIGHT?


Taking on the meaning of scriptures and their translation can be a sticky mess at times.  Many versions of the often quoted Ephesians 5:22 tell us, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your husbands as unto the Lord.” Okay, so maybe Paul was using submit as one form of the verb, but we have carried it all … Continue reading

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE FAMILY PET


I didn’t get it when I was enduring many years of verbal and emotional abuse that whenever the threat was made to kill or harm our dog, it was a predictable red flag that domestic violence was present and at work in my life. It was also one of the primary reasons I chose to … Continue reading

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RATES INCREASE—IS CONGRESS PARTIALLY RESPONSIBLE?


Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way: This is an editorial and the statements contained herein are pretty much the opinion of the writer, unless the shoe fits, then perhaps the responsible party should wear it. There. Now, let’s get down to business. Today I read a report that there has been a 65% … Continue reading

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVOR: YOU’RE HERE NOW BECAUSE YOU WERE THERE THEN (Making the Past a Positive)


How many times do victims of domestic violence ask themselves, “How do I get out of here?” When we become survivors, the question then becomes, “How did I get there in the first place?” After all, it makes no sense that anyone would actually set out to become the battered half of an abusive relationship, … Continue reading

A Survivor of Domestic Violence Looks Back—But He Told Me He Loved Me


I was young, naïve, gullible and needy. I wanted someone to love me. I had been sexually abused as a child, and considered myself damaged goods. Barely 18, I walked down the aisle of the church to marry someone because he told me he loved me, and that nobody else would want me. It was … Continue reading

Emotional Abuse and Domestic Violence – Partners in Crime


Emotional wellbeing? Emotional health? Just what are they and how do victims of domestic violence reach them? How do we attempt to make some sense of senseless acts in life—molestation, spousal abuse, habitual rejection, poor choices in relationships… The list may seem extensive, but if you will stick with me, I think the result will … Continue reading

VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE—You are More Than a Statistic


* Statistics tell us: One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. 85% of domestic violence victims are women. Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew. Females who are 20-24 years … Continue reading

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE—The Statistics Are Appalling


Think you are not affected by domestic violence? No assault or battery going on in your home? Read on and then tell me if you still think you are not impacted by domestic/intimate partner violence. Statistic: In 70-80% of intimate partner homicides, no matter which partner was killed, the man physically abused the woman before … Continue reading

HOPE AND HELP FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS


Within the past week one of the top local news stories in our area has been the trial of a man who is charged with murdering his girlfriend by hacking her to death with a machete because “she disrespected me.” How aware are you of the levels of domestic violence in this nation? It has … Continue reading

Carolyn’s Story to Air on ABC Action News – 2011 Campaign


 It has been quite a journey, from a young 18-year-old bride, living through 16+ years of domestic violence, then finding a life full of hope, faith, restoration and empowerment – empowerment to reach out and help others who are being victimized today, or struggling in their attempt at becoming a survivor. ABC Action News annually produces their … Continue reading

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE—Should I Stay for the Kids?


I’d be willing to bet my last nickel on the fact that every victim of domestic violence who had small children at the time asked themselves, “Should I stay for the kids?” We moms tend to be protective of our offspring. Ever taken on a mama hen when she’s nesting her hatchlings? Read any news … Continue reading

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