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Intimate Partner Violence

The NRA’s New Ad Has A Twisted Idea About How To Empower Women

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 07.15.2016 | Women

A new advertisement from the National Rifle Association attempts to prey on women’s fears of rape and violence to keep gun regulation as minimal as ...

This Congress Is Undivided On Violence Against Women

Patricia M. Davidson | Posted 06.21.2016 | Women
Patricia M. Davidson

ICOWHI is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting health and well-being of women throughout the world through participation, empowerment, advocacy, education, and research.

Women, HIV and Trauma: Toward Resiliency & Healing

Shannon Weber | Posted 06.18.2016 | Women
Shannon Weber

One in four U.S. women have experienced gender based violence. Among women living with HIV, one in two has experienced intimate partner violence, and more than 60% have been sexually abused - five times the rate of the general female population.

17 Powerful Tweets That Remind Us How Damaging Emotional Abuse Can Be

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 05.11.2016 | Women

Intimate partner abuse comes in many forms and is not strictly limited to physical violence. A new Twitter hashtag is driving this point home in a pow...

It's on Us to Prevent Sexual Violence

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 04.28.2016 | Impact
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Sexual violence. It is an urgent and profound public health problem that affects millions of Americans each year. Nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men...

Dear Domestic Violence Advocates: It Happens to Us Too

Tory Smith | Posted 04.25.2016 | Queer Voices
Tory Smith

The domestic violence that queer and trans individuals face is very different from the domestic violence that cisgender heterosexual individuals face. To truly serve this population, advocates need to understand that and include that in their career long learning.

How Losing My Friend Showed Me That All Violence is Connected

Mallika Dutt | Posted 04.08.2016 | Impact
Mallika Dutt

On September 13, 2015, I woke up to headlines about the Egyptian Army bombing a group of Mexican tourists in the desert. It wasn't until the next morning that I discovered that one of the people who were killed was a very dear friend of mine.

A Kentucky Domestic Violence Shelter Helps Women Grow Food -- and Confidence

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 02.16.2016 | Impact
Sarah van Gelder

As mist hovers over the rolling fields of Kentucky and the sun is still low in the sky, the women of Greenhouse 17 emerge from the house they share, clippers in hand. They spread out over a field and cut bouquets of fresh flowers.

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. T...

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 -- a cop...

'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, not fl...

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, Meli...

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 07.21.2016 | 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 07.09.2016 | 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...