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Intimate Partner Violence

How Heteronormative Paradigms Ostracize Queer Populations in Intimate Partner Violence Research

Samuel Chiron | Posted 02.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Samuel Chiron

Though it would be dangerous to overlook the disproportionate amount of violence women experience compared to men, concerns for studying IPV in LGBTQ, sexual and gender minority populations cannot eternally utilize strategies that fall under these paradigms.

How One Change In Policy Could Help Victims Of Domestic Violence

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 01.18.2016 | Women

Academic studies can be fascinating... and totally confusing. So we decided to strip away all of the scientific jargon and break them down for you.&n...

Who Is Keeping Track of the Dead? This Woman.

Susan Scrupski | Posted 12.21.2015 | Impact
Susan Scrupski

Armstrong points out some of the worst to suffer are the thousands of children who have lost one or both parents to domestic violence.  Even worse, many have witnessed the violent deaths of one or both of their parents. Left orphaned, many end up in the custody of the state and in foster homes.

Before Terrorizing Planned Parenthood, Shooter Targeted Women Closer To Home

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics

Before he allegedly opened fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs and killed three people he had ostensibly never met before --...

'Jessica Jones' Uses Superheroes To Expose The Terror Of Domestic Abuse

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 11.30.2015 | Women

As superpowers go, Jessica Jones doesn’t have much to boast home about. She can lift heavy stuff, sure, but only up to a point. She can jump, n...

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.

Micromanaging Every Move: Inside a Coercive Control Relationship

Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD | Posted 11.03.2015 | Women
Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD

Coercive Control is not about one partner simply being "bossy" or "a nag;" it's about domination. Controlling people often micromanage their partners' everyday life -- restricting their activities and planning their time with a detailed schedule.

Woman's Haunting Self-Portraits Pair Bob Dylan Lyrics With Texts From Her Abusive Ex

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 10.27.2015 | Women

One woman paired Bob Dylan lyrics with the texts messages from her accused rapist -- and the results are utterly riveting.  Amateur photographer...

Planned Parenthood Is What's Working

Caryn Andrea Lindsey | Posted 10.23.2015 | Impact
Caryn Andrea Lindsey

Planned Parenthood and other family-planning clinics hold a central place as part of a truly robust health care and health/safety education solution. They're working. And we need more -- not less -- support and building upon what's working.

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.

We Don't Need Guns on Campus

MaryAnn McKibben Dana | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
MaryAnn McKibben Dana

Senate Bill 11 is now law in Texas, the state where I grew up and attended college. The law requires the state's public universities to allow handguns in dorms, classrooms and campus buildings. Private universities are allowed to opt out of the requirement.

Stalking Goes Beyond the Silver Screen and 'The Perfect Guy'

Rosemonde Pierre-Louis | Posted 09.25.2015 | Women
Rosemonde Pierre-Louis

Many of us think of stalking as something that only happens to celebrities and other high-profile people. However, 7.5 million Americans experience stalking every year.

Teens Trapped by Coercive Control

Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD | Posted 08.28.2015 | Women
Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD

Sometimes teen romance can be downright dangerous. Early relationships can be traps for young people, spoiling months or years of their lives and setting the pattern for future coupling.

Signs Your Partner Is Too Controlling

Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD | Posted 07.21.2015 | Women
Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD

Below are a series of questions about some of the controlling behaviors you may have experienced. (For a more complete list, please click here). Unhealthy domination by a partner is called coercive control. It's more than just occasional nastiness or bossiness -- it affects several areas of your life and causes you to change your behavior to keep the peace.

Do Abusive Men Change?

Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD | Posted 07.09.2015 | Women
Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD

Sometimes a controlling man genuinely wants to change. Maybe he regrets having hurt his loved ones. Maybe he is tired of being angry, tired of feeling alone and misunderstood, and tired of monitoring another person. Maybe he is truly ready to change.

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...

What You Should Know About the Most Dangerous Week

Ariel Zwang | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

It can be hard to understand how seeking safety can first lead to danger. When victims choose to leave a domestic violence situation, they have made one of the most courageous choices imaginable. Few people realize just how dangerous the week victims choose to leave truly is.

Giving Teachers the Tools to Help Build Resiliency

Brian F. Martin | Posted 05.29.2015 | Education
Brian F. Martin

We know what makes a person resilient if they experienced adversity in their childhood home- that is when one caring adult -- The One -- steps in to help them see the truth that they can't see for themselves.

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...

Love Hurts: What We learn From 'Beauty and the Beast,' 'Twilight,' and 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Megan Maas | Posted 04.14.2015 | Women
Megan Maas

There is nothing new, unique, or even creative about Fifty Shades of Grey. It's just the latest installment of pop culture messages that teach girls and young women that truly hot and irresistible love includes some element of violence and danger.

Bold Action on Domestic Violence

Robert A. DeLeo | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Robert A. DeLeo

Domestic violence month has come to a close and the calls to action spurred by the Ray Rice scandal have been hushed, but the tragic tide of domestic violence continues to sweep our nation.

What We Think About When We Think About Intimate Partner Violence

Sharon Stapel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sharon Stapel

We can make the voices of LGBTQ people a part of the conversation about intimate partner violence. Really, we have to. We want DVAM, and all violence prevention efforts, to include and to be led by LGBTQ folks.

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...

Decoding Excuses For Abuse

David Adams | Posted 12.17.2014 | Women
David Adams

It is important for everyone to become more savvy about abuser's excuses because many people unwittingly reinforce them in how we respond to the abuser's "explanations" for his/her violence, and to understand what taking real responsibility means.