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Domestic Abuse

What Hazmat Suits, Ray Rice, and the Washington Redskins Have in Common With Human Trafficking

Mona Shattell | Posted 12.31.2014 | Impact
Mona Shattell

Leading up to Halloween, there has been a surplus of offensive costumes floating around on the internet -- hazmats suits for Ebola, dressing up like members of ISIS, and making light of domestic violence by dressing up as former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice while holding a doll with a black eye.

5 Ways to Help Someone Who Is Being Abused

Pamela Jacobs | Posted 12.30.2014 | Women
Pamela Jacobs

I have worked with thousands of survivors of domestic violence, who experienced incredible pain and turmoil in their journey to safety and freedom. But, I have found that the most distraught people I talk with are often not the survivors themselves, but their friends and family -- who are often plagued with anger, guilt, and confusion.

The Rarely-Discussed Financial Side Of Domestic Abuse

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 10.30.2014 | Women

The scope of domestic abuse is not limited to the physical bruises left on its victims. Ludy Green, the author of Ending Domestic Violence Captivity, ...

Why Does No One Google Search "Children and Domestic Violence"?

Brian F. Martin | Posted 12.28.2014 | Impact
Brian F. Martin

I grew up living with domestic violence. So did my mom. So did her mom. So did 40 million other adults in the U.S. So I asked some of them, "In your life, can you remember a time when domestic violence was more talked about?" They all said, "No, never."

FSU Running Back Investigated For Alleged Domestic Assault

AP | KAREEM COPELAND | Posted 10.27.2014 | Sports

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Tallahassee Police Department has confirmed Florida State starting running back Karlos Williams is being investigated f...

Rape, Domestic Violence, and the Remarkable Courage of Two Fledgling Filmmakers

Pamela Glasner | Posted 12.27.2014 | Women
Pamela Glasner

"There were very few women on the street," Joanna said, "I had to film and photograph them whenever I could, and then rely on editing to get that balance."

He Never Hit Me

Reut Amit | Posted 12.27.2014 | Women
Reut Amit

How many times did I find myself on his bathroom floor cowering beneath him, feeling the hot spit land on me as he screamed? Stop crying like a baby. No one else would put up with you. How many times did I shutter on that floor counting my breaths? But he never hit me.

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...

Gay Man Details The Physical And Mental Anguish Of His Abusive Relationship

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Conversations about abusive relationships among same-sex couples often go untold, but one survivor opened up to HuffPost Live to share his harrowing e...

Shining Light on Violence Against Women

Nancy C. Lee | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
Nancy C. Lee

Prior to VAWA, in many states physical and sexual violence against a woman by someone she knew was not considered as serious a crime as was an attack by a stranger. Thinking about it now, it's hard to believe.

30 Numbers That Prove Domestic Violence Is An American Epidemic

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 02.13.2015 | Women

The number of American troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 was 6,488. The number of American women who were murdered by curren...

College Domestic Violence Survivors On What They Wish They Had Known

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.22.2014 | College

Savannah Badalich wished she had understood the basic definition of consent years ago. "I didn't really understand it as positive, unambiguous, vo...

Melissa Jeltsen

The Insidious Form Of Domestic Violence That No One Talks About

HuffingtonPost.com | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 10.21.2014 | Women

Imagine you're in an abusive relationship and you desperately want to leave. But your husband controls the family finances, and he doles out only a sm...

The Red Flags Every Parent Should Look For In Their Teenager's Relationship

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.21.2014 | Fifty

Parents may not think their own teenager is in danger of being in an abusive relationship until later in life, but the unfortunate reality is that one...

Let's Discuss Pets During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Jen Reeder | Posted 01.28.2015 | Impact
Jen Reeder

Studies show as many as 48 percent of people in abusive situations stay out of concern for their pets' safety, and more than 70 percent of pet owners entering shelters report their batterer had threatened, injured or killed their pets. But despite this issue, most domestic violence shelters only take humans -- no pets are allowed.

No Tolerance for Domestic Violence

Rep. Terri Sewell | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Rep. Terri Sewell

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and it's important that we realize that the faces of domestic violence victims are all around us -- it may be a friend, a family member, a neighbor, a co-worker, or the clerk at your local grocery store.

Melissa Jeltsen

This Film Is Hard To Watch -- But That's Exactly Why You Need To

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Melissa Jeltsen

These Abusers Aren't Allowed To Own Guns. So Why Aren't States Removing Them?

HuffingtonPost.com | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics

On the worst night of her life, Nicole Beverly was beaten almost unconscious by her husband and then forced to sit beside him as he loaded and unloade...

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...

I'm Still Here

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 12.10.2014 | Women
Susanne Mentzer

I understand that this is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Here is my story.

A Legacy of Praying Women

L. Y. Marlow | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
L. Y. Marlow

I think back on that day my mother stared into the abyss, as though she could still see the stitches that cinched her chest, I thank God that she was a praying woman.

Professional Sports and Domestic Violence: Celebrity Favoritism or Weak Domestic Violence Laws?

Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq. | Posted 12.07.2014 | Impact
Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq.

As a society, it seems we have simply come to expect that rich and famous individuals will always find ways to get off easier in matters of crime and punishment. The latest case to prove the legal system's celebrity favoritism? Ray Rice.

Watch How Passersby React To Domestic Violence In Public

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact

Warning: The video above features actors, but some readers may find the footage disturbing. In a revealing social experiment, passersby respond in...

Melissa Jeltsen

An Ounce Of Closure For A 'Brutal, Heinous, Selfish Crime'

HuffingtonPost.com | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

A poster of Laura Aceves, pictured with her son Jordan in 2012. Laura Ponce waited almost two years to hear Victor Acuna-Sanchez admit that he ...

The War at Home

Dr. Ludy Green | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Dr. Ludy Green

Like any other form of violence, domestic violence is a destructive exercise of power that strips victims of their autonomy, yet it is rarely considered as seriously. As a nation, we have a responsibility to end violence of any scale.