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Hope and Empowerment For Alienated Parents and Their Children

Dana Laquidara | Posted 07.24.2015 | Divorce
Dana Laquidara

When I was almost four years old, my father threw my mother out of our home, quite literally. In the months that followed, when he had to tear me off of my mother after our scheduled visits, he repeatedly told her that I was better off without her.

LGBT "Treatment" Programs Are Often Child Abuse

Lorri L. Jean | Posted 07.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Lorri L. Jean

It isn't "treatment" to withhold food and water from a youth. It isn't treatment to beat a teenager. And nothing should ever be considered treatment that involves denial of medical care, solitary confinement, electric shocks or public humiliation. That's not therapeutic. That's child abuse.

Former FSU Star Offers To Mentor Players Embroiled In Abuse Controversy

HuffPost Live | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.16.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Perhaps it's something in the Tallahassee water, but the Florida State Seminoles football team is in trouble once again. After video surfaced July...

Big Boy (Girl) Pants for Leaders: Three Keys to Redirecting Our Victim Culture

Robert Hall | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Robert Hall

The flag came down in Charleston because former flag supporters changed their mind - powerful relational leaders can do that. Our growing Victim Class cries for relational leaders who work together to change minds and who bring the divided together.

Can Abuse Be Invisible?

Dr. Craig Malkin | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Craig Malkin

With horrifying allegations surrounding Rachel Dolezal's family, the subjects of physical and sexual abuse have been making headlines once again. If...

Prosecuting Child Abuse Just Got (a Bit) Easier

Joan Meier | Posted 07.09.2015 | Crime
Joan Meier

In one fell swoop, and a unanimous one at that, the Supreme Court in Ohio v. Clark both helped ensure child abusers may be successfully prosecuted, and resolved several open questions about the scope of the Sixth Amendment confrontation right.

The Car Keys

Krista Barth | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Krista Barth

My eldest son learned to drive in a town where most people have "driven" long before they are allowed or can even see over the dashboard. They have driven tractors, four wheelers and pick up trucks down long gravel roads without names.

Should You Disengage From Your Emotionally-Abusive Family?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Serena grew up in a family where she was the caretaker. The oldest of four, Serena was the only member of her family capable of deep caring, empathy a...

Celebrating Mother's Day As a Motherless Daughter

Peggy Oliveira | Posted 05.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Peggy Oliveira

Is Mother's Day a struggle for you? Do you have difficulty finding a card that accurately represents your relationship? If so, make time this Sunday for you. Take some time to provide for yourself the nurturing, loving experience you deserve.

Mute About Money

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 06.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

Money competes quite well with sex for the position of the No. 1 no-talk topic in our society. Friends, relatives and significant others typically do...

Empowerment in Telling Your Truths

Rebecca Mckown | Posted 06.07.2015 | Women
Rebecca Mckown

Through this confession I have exposed a truth and in this truth I am more whole than I was before. My experiences good and bad have made me who I am today and I am proud of this person, truth be told.

Lessons From NYPD v. Uber Driver: 'You're Not Important Enough'

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 06.03.2015 | New York
Laura Murray-Tjan

Is even more going on here? Something we all can learn from? The video shows the stereotypical law enforcement power trip. But it might also provide a moment to ponder whether you have been mistreated, or perhaps mistreated another person, because of an assumption that there will be no consequence.

Divorce Confidential: Divorce and Reconciliation. Yes, It Happens!

Caroline Choi | Posted 06.02.2015 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

My heart swells with joy when clients give their marriage a second chance. What does reconciliation look like from a legal perspective? Here are some things to consider before you reconcile with your ex.

Illusions Shattered by #BlackandBlue

Sharon Zarozny | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact
Sharon Zarozny

#Thedress, the meme, and social media all came together in a big way last week. It started as silliness, the buzz broke the Internet and, incredibly, it resulted in a brilliant Public Service Announcement (PSA) -- a powerful meme designed to raise awareness about domestic abuse.

I Laughed When My Father Died

Jaleesa Jones | Posted 05.13.2015 | Women
Jaleesa Jones

Yet even with the space she gave me, I still felt suffocated. Like I was choking on my father's memory. And I was. My father haunted me long before he died.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' -- From the Personal to the Political

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Jane Simon, M.D.

To turn to the real world, it is not uncommon to find households in which one parent dominates another. The power play in turn impacts the children.

Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' Is the Same Story as 'Fifty Shades of Grey.' (Don't Take Your 5-Year-Old.)

Meg Conley | Posted 05.09.2015 | Parents
Meg Conley

If we rail against Fifty Shades of Grey, but then take our daughters to see the Disney's new Beauty and The Beast, we are sending them a horrific message.

Scandal: The Romanticization of Dysfunctional Relationships

Anna Nti-Asare | Posted 05.03.2015 | Black Voices
Anna Nti-Asare

Fitz is an extremely aggressive individual, and I often get scared watching his interactions with both Mellie and Olivia, but somehow the show still paints him as the victim, the "good guy," and I really don't think it is okay.

What You Probably Don't Know About Domestic Violence and Abuse

Posted 03.10.2015 | Dr. Phil

Ilene, 20, says her boyfriend, Matt, constantly accuses her of cheating on him, insults her appearance, calls her despicable names, and threatens to t...

50 Shades of Abuse

Elisabeth Corey | Posted 04.28.2015 | Women
Elisabeth Corey

We are teaching women that they don't have to examine the affects of their abuse and work on empowering themselves. This doesn't break the cycle of gender-based violence in our culture. This perpetuates it. And that is not acceptable.

How a Parent's Infidelity Can Hurt a Child

Vicki Larson | Posted 04.28.2015 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

It's hard to know just how many kids have been in the middle of a parent's infidelity because we don't know how many people are cheating; estimates are from around 25 percent to as high as 70 percent.

What to Do When the Toxic People in Your Life Are (Unfortunately) Your Parents

Catherine Chen, Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Chen, Ph.D.

Dealing with toxic parents is a delicate situation and is undeniably tough. But by remembering that you are your own person will enable you to respect the relationship without falling victim to it.

The Oscars and Our Abusive Relationship With Celebrities

Michael Friedman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.25.2015 | Media
Michael Friedman, Ph.D.

The Oscars represent a time for us to celebrate our favorite movies and the people who make movies. But it is also the time when we vilify the same celebrities that we glorify.

A Husband Speaks: How I'm Saving My Marriage

The Good Men Project | Posted 04.23.2015 | Weddings
The Good Men Project

I've spent some time at work looking around at the guys I work with who are going through divorces. I've listened to their stories and I don't want their story to become mine.

A Letter to the Lady On the Bus

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 04.22.2015 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

It was a nine-thirty a.m. bus full of tourists, workers, and students headed to the city. He had been in line with who I believed to be his wife or serious partner right behind me as we filed onto the bus.