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What to do as a bystander to best support them It’s easy for someone who’s never been in a relationship with an abusive partner to say, “If anyone ever abused me, I’d leave and never look back.” It’s the logical response and one we all hope we...

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Federal loophole allows convicted abusers to possess firearms Dating partners, not spouses or ex-spouses, are responsible for the majority of intimate partner homicides. What is important about this fact, aside from the devastating reality that women are ...

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Fleeing abuse with adolescents and teenagers has unique challenges Escaping domestic violence when you have children is always difficult. Sometimes, there are certain challenges you’ll need to plan for if your children are adolescents or teenagers. Here...

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Why doesn’t she just leave? A DV survivor gives possible reasons for staying Her son was only 2 ½ when Sarah Buel, JD, clinical professor of law at Arizona State University, left her abusive husband. One day, before leaving, she saw her son slap his st...

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Why parents shouldn’t worry about nurturing children too much after escaping domestic violence Leaving an abusive partner brings with it a range of emotions, from relief to anxiety. For the victimized parent, there can also be a hefty dose of guilt. The...

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Improve your self-esteem by trying one of these each week Maybe you’re recovering from a domestic violence situation, or you’re working up to leaving an abusive partner. Either way, you might be experiencing a blow to your self-esteem. It’s not your...

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Did any of these prevent you from walking out the door? Survivors of domestic violence from any and all socioeconomic levels, cultures and genders face valid and significant barriers to leaving their abusers, and they often share similar concerns. Any sur...

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How the hue became associated with the movement to end domestic violence Ever wonder how a cause chooses what color to make it’s signature shade? It’s not just an arbitrary decision, believe it or not. For domestic violence, the color of choice is pur...

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Enduring dating abuse in her 20s influenced what she wants her kids to know now Dating someone in her 20s who was verbally and psychologically abusive isn’t something Anna* says she thinks about much almost 15 years later. But it was an experience that ...

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When this coping mechanism can be a good thing As an abuse survivor, have you ever said to yourself or someone else: “It’s really not that bad,” “He’s never actually hit me,” or “It only happens when he’s drinking”? Statements like t...

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