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Kerry Washington Sheds Light On An Invisible Kind Of Domestic Abuse

(62) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 8:28 AM

Kerry Washington wants to keep the conversation about domestic violence going.

On Monday, the Emmy-nominated actress spoke out about an often-overlooked reason why women stay in abusive relationships: financial abuse.

"It's the reason why so many people stay," she said in an interview with The Huffington Post....

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‘He Did Everything He Could To Beat Me Down Until I Felt Worthless. It Almost Worked.’

(32) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 8:00 AM

This story, as told to Melissa Jeltsen, is part of “Why Didn't You Just Leave?”, a HuffPost series on domestic violence in which six women share their reasons for staying in abusive relationships. Each story explores one of the following themes:

Isolation | Money...

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‘Once You Have Established An Intimate Relationship With A Person, It's Human Nature To Bond With Them’

(14) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 8:00 AM

This story, as told to Melissa Jeltsen, is part of "Why Didn't You Just Leave?", a HuffPost series on domestic violence in which six women share their reasons for staying in abusive relationships. Each story explores one of the following themes:

Isolation | Money...

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‘Why Didn't You Just Leave?’
Six Domestic Violence Survivors Explain Why It’s Never That Simple

(671) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 8:00 AM


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‘I Couldn't Afford The Life We Had Established By Myself. I Was Drowning.’

(123) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 8:00 AM

This story, as told to Melissa Jeltsen, is part of "Why Didn't You Just Leave?", a HuffPost series on domestic violence in which six women share their reasons for staying in abusive relationships. Each story explores one of the following themes:

Isolation | Love...

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‘When I Realized That One Of Us Was Going To Die, I Knew I Needed To Leave’

(96) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 8:00 AM

This story, as told to Melissa Jeltsen, is part of "Why Didn't You Just Leave?", a HuffPost series on domestic violence in which six women share their reasons for staying in abusive relationships. Each story explores one of the following themes:

Isolation | Money...

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‘You Can Either Have Your Friends And Your Family, Or You Can Have Me’

(61) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 8:00 AM

This story, as told to Melissa Jeltsen, is part of "Why Didn't You Just Leave?", a HuffPost series on domestic violence in which six women share their reasons for staying in abusive relationships. Each story explores one of the following themes:

Love | Money...

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‘I Believed I Could Love The Abuse Out Of Him’

(6) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 8:00 AM

This story, as told to Melissa Jeltsen, is part of "Why Didn't You Just Leave?", a HuffPost series on domestic violence in which six women share their reasons for staying in abusive relationships. Each story explores one of the following themes:

Isolation | Money...

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Janay Rice Skewers Media Over Leak Of Elevator Tape

(2132) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 8:54 AM

One day after a brutal video of Janay Rice being knocked out by her husband and former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was released by TMZ, the woman at the center of the national uproar is speaking out.

In an Instagram post published...

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College Quarterback Quits Football After Multiple Concussions

(22) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 3:57 PM

A college quarterback at the University of Connecticut is quitting football after sustaining multiple concussions.

In a statement released on Monday, the school said Casey Cochran will "permanently discontinue" playing football.

"All those involved in the decision making process feel it is in the best...

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Horrific Footage Of Ray Rice Punching Then-Fiancée Released

(1156) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 8:19 AM

New video released by TMZ on Monday shows Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancée out cold with a single punch.

The footage, captured in February in the elevator of the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, shows Rice knock Janay Palmer off her...

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The Moral Case Against Football

(165) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 9:03 AM

Is it immoral to consume violent entertainment that can result in dire, even deadly consequences for its participants? Is it immoral to cheer for a dazzling show knowing it could cause its stars to develop dementia or memory loss or depression?

That is to say, is it immoral to watch...

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David Axelrod Hits Hillary Clinton Over Foreign Policy Dig

(418) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 6:11 PM

Ouch.

David Axelrod lashed out at Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, taking her to task for her recent comments criticizing President Barack Obama's foreign policy doctrine.

"Just to clarify: 'Don't do stupid stuff' means stuff like occupying Iraq in the first place, which was a tragically bad decision," Obama’s former...

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A Look Back At The Trial That Made Rape A War Crime

(111) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 2:02 PM

The task was almost unimaginable in its magnitude.

After the Rwandan genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 people were slaughtered over a hundred days in 1994, the U.N. created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda with the goal of bringing the organizers of the bloodshed to justice.

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Goldie Taylor Reveals The True Danger Of Stephen A. Smith's Comments

(342) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 3:53 PM

ESPN panelist Stephen A. Smith has been roundly panned for his comments on domestic violence, in which he suggested women should do what they can not to "provoke" their partners into abusing them.

On Monday, Smith apologized for his comments, but MSNBC pundit Goldie Taylor...

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Financial Abuse Takes Heavy Toll On Domestic Violence Survivors

(131) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 7:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Marina A. has no bruises or scars from the abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband. That is, unless you look at her bank account.

“My husband was in total control of the money,” she told The Huffington Post at a conference on financial abuse...

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Democratic Candidate Mike Ross Pushes Domestic Violence Plan Inspired By HuffPost Report

(14) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 1:50 PM

The Democratic nominee for governor of Arkansas, Mike Ross, spoke out about his plan to combat domestic violence on MSNBC Wednesday, highlighting the tragic death of 21-year-old Laura Aceves as a motivating factor.

"I was inspired by Laura's story that appeared in The Huffington Post, and it played...

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Mass Shooting Analysis Finds Strong Domestic Violence Connection

(466) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 3:04 PM

A recent analysis of U.S. gun deaths has found that a majority of mass shootings were related to domestic or family violence.

The analysis, performed by Michael Bloomberg's gun violence prevention group, Everytown for Gun Safety, looked at mass shootings that took place between January 2009 and July...

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Dem Candidate Responds To Gruesome Domestic Violence Story With Ambitious Plan

(36) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 7:05 PM

Arkansas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross wants his state to get serious about domestic violence.

Ross on Tuesday released an ambitious domestic violence plan that includes training police in lethality assessment, boosting funding for shelters, and creating a protective order database accessible to law enforcement and court officials....

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The Reality Of Abortion Clinics Without Buffer Zones

(461) Comments | Posted July 13, 2014 | 1:10 PM

It's been just over two weeks since the Supreme Court struck down Massachusetts' abortion clinic buffer zones, which required protesters to stay at least 35 feet away from clinic entrances and walkways.

On Saturday, B.D. Colen, a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter who's worked at Newsday and the Washington...

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