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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Surviving Domestic Abuse

Katy Humphrey | Posted 01.26.2016 | Women
Katy Humphrey

Even now, six years later, I struggle to get the words out. How do you tell people that you let somebody make you feel so insignificant, you let somebody treat you so appallingly that you didn't even know who you were anymore? Trust me guys this is hard.

Orange the World: How We Can Help Victims

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

A few months ago, I wrote about the need to bear witness to domestic violence in Nigeria. A couple of nights ago, I was a witness to domestic violence in a busy restaurant -- a sad reminder of importance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Accountability and Healing: On Gay Men and Intimate Partner Violence

Yolo Akili | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Yolo Akili

You are not alone. The statistics on domestic violence tell a sad story. But what's even sadder, is that we know the statistics only reflect what is reported. There is so much more pain out there that will never make it onto a researcher's spreadsheet.

YWCA Nashville Trains Men to End DV

YWCA USA | Posted 10.24.2015 | Impact

For too long, men have been conspicuously absent from prevention and intervention efforts. It is time to involve men and make them part of the solution. Men need to be part of the solution because men are the primary perpetrators of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Continuing Awareness For Women Past the Month of October

Dr. Ludy Green | Posted 10.23.2015 | Impact
Dr. Ludy Green

The Declaration of Sentiments is the document signed in 1984 after the first women's rights convention, the Seneca Falls Convention. The document, which can be found here, is worded much like the Constitution, but instead of outlining the rights of "man" it outlines the rights of women.

Violence Against Women Has No National Borders

YWCA USA | Posted 10.23.2015 | Women

The thing about race is that you can't hide it. You can code-switch, adjust your mannerisms, intonation, and vernacular, but when you appear ethnically ambiguous with a name that most cannot wrap their tongue around, blending in becomes a little more challenging.

Guns Do Not Make Us Safer

YWCA USA | Posted 10.22.2015 | Women

Asking that domestic abusers be denied access to firearms is not an infringement upon your second amendment rights. Asking that states submit up-to-date records on individuals convicted of crimes such as stalking, domestic violence or sexual assault in order to ensure background checks are effective is not a violation of your right to privacy.

Domestic Violence Survivors Need and Deserve Workplace Support

YWCA USA | Posted 10.21.2015 | Women

More than 12 million women and men in the United States experience domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking by intimate partners every year - that's an estimated 24 people per minute. And while the physical and emotional harm survivors suffer is severe and grievous, the damage does not stop there.

In My African-American Family, Beatings "Out of Love" Were Frequent

YWCA USA | Posted 10.20.2015 | Women

When I was a child, the idea of beating someone or hitting them out of love was a concept that weighed heavily in my home. I witnessed my father beat my mother with heartbreaking regularity, and I saw this behavior in other African-American families as well.

YWCA Week Without Violence: You Likely Know a Victim

Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron | Posted 10.19.2015 | Women
Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron

While you may not be aware, you likely know someone who is a victim of domestic violence. There is a common misconception that domestic violence must always entail some form of physical abuse -- this is far too simplistic of a definition.

It's Time to Acknowledge Male Victims of Domestic Violence

Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq. | Posted 10.15.2015 | Divorce
Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq.

When we discuss domestic violence, it is often assumed that the victims are women. And the statistics are truly traumatic. The less-told story is that a striking number of men are victims, too, suffering physical, mental and sexual abuse in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships.

A Middle Ground With Guns

Brooke Bastinelli | Posted 10.15.2015 | Crime
Brooke Bastinelli

We can teach boys how to be men by refusing to conflate manhood with gun violence. We can give boys and men tools and healthy resources to deal with their rage. We can certainly advocate preventing their access to guns in order to amplify that rage.

Gender-Based Violence and Male Privilege

New York Legal Assistance Group | Posted 10.20.2015 | Women
New York Legal Assistance Group

Typically, when a woman is abused, her abuser tells her it's her fault that this is happening to her. He might tell her that she has been disrespectful, or that the abuse is deserved. Male privilege gives him permission to shift responsibility to his female victim for the acts he has committed.

Calling on All Employers to Make Workplaces Truly Safe for All--Domestic Violence Is a Workplace Issue

Legal Momentum | Posted 10.14.2015 | Women
Legal Momentum

Legal Momentum is calling on all employers, no matter how large or small, to adopt the "This Workplace Is a DV-Free Zone" Bill of Rights and put into place a policy that ensures that victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking are safe at work.

10 Powerful Photos Reveal The ‘Unseen Scars’ Emotional Abuse Leaves Behind

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 10.13.2015 | Women

"Just because you aren't being hit -- doesn't mean you're not being abused." That's the message behind Sarah Hosseini's new photo essay titled "Unsee...

Mass Killings in the US: Masculinity, Masculinity, Masculinity

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 10.09.2015 | Crime
Soraya Chemaly

Yes, we need strict gun control laws, a deeper understanding of the role of media and better mental illness treatment. However, what we really need, central to all of those dimensions, is a public conversation about hegemonic masculinity in the United States.

It's Time for Paid Safe Time

Marcy Karin | Posted 10.05.2015 | Women
Marcy Karin

This October, it is time we recognize the intersection of domestic violence and work-life issues. An effective national policy on domestic violence must understand the impact this epidemic has on the workplace, including the problems for both employees and employers, some of which result from the structure of the workplace itself.

31 of the Most Powerful Domestic Violence Moments in the Last Year

Ariel Zwang | Posted 10.01.2015 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

The last 12 months were a watershed for domestic violence. Famous athletes faced real scrutiny for the acts of violence they committed, survivors took control of the conversation with a viral hashtag, purple nails expanded the dialogue nationwide, and there were also incredible advocacy wins.

The Adversity Faced in Childhood That Has No Name

Brian F. Martin | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian F. Martin

Did you know that growing up facing adversity in your childhood home has an impact on your life that can last well into your adult years? The adver...

Education is Key as Domestic Violence Awareness Month Approaches

Dr. Ludy Green | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Dr. Ludy Green

This upcoming month, October, is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is a sober reminder of the prevalence of the epidemic nationally and internationally.

Because of the Adversity I Faced in Childhood, There's Nothing I Can't Do!

Brian F. Martin | Posted 04.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian F. Martin

By Brian F. Martin and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D. A 16-year-old who grew up experiencing adversity in childhood said this to Brian Martin severa...

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.

Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis for Black Women

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 12.30.2014 | Black Voices
Josh Sugarmann

It is a sad and unfortunate fact that the gun violence epidemic -- which kills tens of thousands of Americans every year -- has a disproportionate impact on the black community. This is true not only for men, but for black women as well.

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.

Katy Hall

Fashion Keeps Embracing Guns, While Guns Keep Killing Women | Katy Hall | Posted 10.24.2014 | Style

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) brought the message that gun violence is a women's issue earlier this week, declaring at an Iowa domestic violenc...