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Domestic Abuse Victims

A Story About Teen Dating Violence

Crystal Sanchez | Posted 02.10.2016 | Impact
Crystal Sanchez

One winter day during my junior year, I found out that he had cheated on me again. I broke up with him during lunchtime. He became enraged as I walked...

These Yoga Teachers Empower Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors to Reclaim Their Lives

NationSwell | Posted 02.04.2016 | Impact

Exhale to Inhale is a nonprofit that brings free yoga classes to shelters and community centers that serve domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. It also trains volunteer instructors to lead trauma-informed yoga classes

8 Steps that Explain "Why She Doesn't Leave"

Crystal Sanchez | Posted 02.03.2016 | Women
Crystal Sanchez

The question that is always asked of victims of domestic abuse is "Why don't/didn't you just leave?" I know sometimes even victims don't really unders...

There's One Thing We All Can Do to End Domestic Violence

Alexandra Ostrow | Posted 01.05.2016 | Impact
Alexandra Ostrow

When a survivor is ready to seek help, a new set of obstacles arises: How will they support themselves financially? What will happen with family members? And, most immediate, how will they remove themselves safely from the situation?

How to Use Business to Address Domestic Violence

Alexandra Ostrow | Posted 12.21.2015 | Impact
Alexandra Ostrow

I first read about Meathead Movers in September when LA Weekly wrote about their free moving services to those fleeing domestic violence. As the founder of a corporate social responsibility and cause marketing firm, I was inspired. Curious about their program's origins and operations, I met with Aaron B. Steed, co-founder and CEO of Meathead Movers, while he was on a trip to NY.

Domestic Abuse Victims Paint Black Dots On Hands As Subtle Signal For Help

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact

Updated on Sept. 22, 2015 at 9:20 a.m. EST. The Black Dot Campaign is a grassroots movement that isn't currently recognized by law enforcement or hea...

Woman's Powerful Video Shows The Devastating Reality Of Domestic Violence

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 07.09.2015 | Women

“I’ve been thinking long and hard, and contemplating whether to post this video," Emma Murphy says into the camera. "I finally decided after a lot...

Bruised Woman On Billboard Heals When People Look At Her, Reminds Passersby Of Dangers Of Ignoring Abuse

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact

A U.K. advocacy group is using cutting-edge technology to spread the word on the importance of spotting -- and stopping -- domestic violence. Wome...

I Was In A Secret Relationship With My Abuser

xoJANE | Posted 01.08.2015 | Women

To cover up my circumstances, I would share and comment on articles on my Facebook and Twitter timelines detailing how domestic abuse needs to be talked about.

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Neglected Problem of Domestic Violence in Society

Anna Chapman, MD | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Anna Chapman, MD

October is the month of fall, football, and domestic violence (DV). Although the first DV Awareness Month was established In October of 1987, unfortunately a disturbing video of a football star has provoked more public discourse on domestic violence than the longstanding efforts of government agencies and non-profits.

Domestic Violence Survivors Decry ‘Disgusting' Coverage Of Oscar Pistorius

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.24.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

This past week, the media was set ablaze when South African runner Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Re...

Melissa Jeltsen

This Film Is Hard To Watch -- But That's Exactly Why You Need To | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 10.16.2014 | Women

A haunting new documentary on domestic violence has a simple goal: to stop people from asking the question "Why doesn't she just leave?" once and for ...

A Safe Haven For Victims Of Domestic Violence And Their Pets

HuffPost Live | Posted 10.13.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

There are myriad reasons victims of domestic violence hesitate to leave their dangerous situations, including fear, shame and uncertainty about what l...

Companies May Ignore Domestic Abuse Prevention Out Of Fear Of Being Viewed As 'Anti-Male'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.03.2014 | Impact

Domestic violence prevention programs aren't getting the support they need from corporate America because some companies may think the issue alienates...

The Items Every Victim Of Domestic Violence Needs Before She Leaves

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.23.2014 | Women

Former "Basketball Wives" cast member Tanya Young Williams is intimately familiar with the interplay between domestic violence and professional sports...

#WhyIStayed: A Voice For Victims Of Domestic Violence

Posted 12.15.2014 | Dr. Phil

Beverly Gooden discusses the social media movement surrounding #WhyIStayed.

Eye-Opening Social Experiment Flips The Script On Domestic Violence

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact

Domestic violence is not a one-way street. The perception that physical abuse among loved ones is strictly a women's issue is far from reality. In...

An Important Lesson About Abuse

Krista Barth | Posted 07.19.2014 | Divorce
Krista Barth

Without a doubt, the best lesson I have learned through this life is a simple, yet powerful, truth: "People will do to you in life what you allow them...

Haunting PSA Shows Unrelenting Cycle Of Domestic Violence

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact

In less than a minute, a powerful PSA released by a Swiss nonprofit reveals the far-reaching effects of domestic abuse. Frauenzentrale Zürich, a Z...

Arizona Nonprofit Helps Abused Women

Clarissa Burt | Posted 06.04.2013 | Impact
Clarissa Burt

For some women, it is shelter. For other women, it is a support network. But, the National Advocacy & Training Network (NATN) is for everyone, a place...

"Asking For It": Rihanna, Victim-Blaming and the Problem with Sympathy

Nico Lang | Posted 12.11.2012 | Chicago
Nico Lang

This problem isn't just about Rihanna, and you don't have to like her or follow her music to care about supporting women's choices. The problem is that we refuse to treat women as adults capable of making their own decisions and mistakes.

GWEN Network: Saving Lives With iTunes App

Clarissa Burt | Posted 01.16.2013 | Impact
Clarissa Burt

The exciting new iPhone app is designed to send text alerts and uses a GPS tracker, lending emergency support to those still suffering from abuse.

Why Domestic Violence Occurs and How to Stop It

Lisa Firestone | Posted 12.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and with domestic violence on the rise, it is an important time to face this difficult issue.

The Bible vs. The Bottle

John Shore | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
John Shore

God definitely pitches in once we roll up our sleeves and actually do something to improve the life of ourselves or anyone else. But before then? Before then all he can do is acquiesce to our manifest desire to keep things exactly as they are.

Hit Her Once, She'll Shoot You Dead: Did Janice Soprano Have It Right?

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 11.19.2011 | Crime
Mary Pauline Lowry

I would never advocate for women to take such action in real life. But I have learned that support networks for women seeking to leave abusive relationships are abysmally inadequate.