To continue the national conversation about how we can put an end to domestic violence, my foundation, When Georgia Smiled, has partnered with Verizon to lead the second annual National Summit for a Dialogue on Domestic Violence: A Day to Connect, Inspire and Heal on Friday, Oct. 3. Our hope is that with all of us at the Summit and all of you who watch the live stream coming together, we can inspire each other to create new ideas for effective domestic violence prevention.
Those angry with LeBron James for simply changing employers began burning his jersey mere hours after the announcement, not waiting seven months to hopefully exchange them. I seem to have missed the videos of fans burning the Rice jerseys. Maybe changing teams is a greater offense than delivering a hook to the jaw of a woman in an elevator.
Physical or sexual abuse, verbal abuse, nonverbal intimidation, financial exploitation and neglect can end up, directly or indirectly, causing a chronic disease. Addressing the full implications of domestic violence may prevent or lower that risk, ultimately saving money, time and, most importantly, lives.
We can marvel at a child's seemingly supernatural growth spurt in cognitive functioning -- for example, the enviable ability to learn language at speeds that leave most adult brains in the dust. But this sponge-like quality doesn't only absorb the positive stuff with breakneck efficiency; it's also highly susceptible to the negative.