In this space, I will share articles that I have found hopeful, infuriating, interesting, and other adjectives.
- You Can Get PTSD From Staying In An Emotionally Damaging Relationship – Stop pretending you understand why she stays or why she cannot force herself to leave even if she says she wants to.
Stop shaming the people being damaged. Relationships like the ones I am talking about are difficult and hard to understand and hard to escape from.
- Domestic violence victims are being evicted for calling 911 in a growing number of US cities – In the city of Maplewood, Missouri, calling 911 to report violence in your home can get you evicted for being a “nuisance.”
- Emotional Abuse Is Difficult to Spot – An emotional story about one woman’s journey.
Physical abuse is easy to recognize. That doesn’t mean it can’t be hidden. The abuser often saves his wrath for times when he is alone with his target. He hides his violence in the shadows and behind closed doors.
- Domestic abusers and stalkers should sign national register like sex offenders, commons report says – This is in the UK. I wish other countries would get on board with this!
They should be monitored under the same arrangements as rapists and paedophiles, giving greater protection to victims who live in fear of their tormentors.
- Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Opens Home for Abused Women in Memphis – This is using your celebrity for good! Tyler has announced he is opening Janie’s House, which is a home for abused and neglected girls. Yes, the rock star not only created the safe haven but also donated $500,000 to renovate the 82-acre home which is located on the Youth Villages Bartlett Campus, just outside of Memphis.
- Why tRump likely erased protections from the legal definitions of domestic violence/sexual assault – It appears that the man who brags about assaulting women and jails children to act as a “deterrent” might actually be a monster. Surprise?
In a stunning abuse of power last Friday, tRump quietly rolled back 50 years of women’s protection in one fell swoop by significantly altering the Department of Justice (DOJ) definitions of domestic violence and sexual assault.
I suggest you follow some of the links to get the full picture as well.
- The startling toll on children who witness domestic violence is just now being understood -Witnessing abuse carries the same risk of harm to children’s mental health and learning as if the children had been abused directly new research shows.
I wish I could read this and believe that this is truly news. Sadly, I know it’s not having watched helplessly as my two children have struggled because of what they both witnessed and experienced. This particular quote haunted me:
“Making matters worse, Jovanovic said, domestic violence often eliminates the “buffering effect of another positive adult,” because the adult who is targeted can’t provide comfort to the children who witness it.”
- Violence Against Women Act Expires Because Of Government Shutdown – Separately, both the House and the Senate passed spending deals that included clauses that would have extended VAWA until Feb. 8. But because the law’s future became inextricably tied to the larger budget debate, which hinges on a dispute between Democrats and Republicans over funding for a border wall, it was not reauthorized.
R. Kelly is now being investigated by the FBI – The FBI is investigating allegations that R. Kelly used a minor as a “sex slave.”
‘A huge win’: New Zealand brings in paid domestic violence leave -New Zealand has passed legislation granting victims of domestic violence 10 days paid leave to allow them to leave their partners, find new homes and protect themselves and their children.
- Catholic Archbishop Blames Disobedient Wives For Domestic Violence – Blaming the victim: A Catholic archbishop tells his congregation that the root cause of domestic violence is a woman’s disobedience to her husband.