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Domestic Abuse

Melissa Jeltsen

China Drafts First National Law Against Domestic Violence

HuffingtonPost.com | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

China has drafted its first national law against domestic violence in a momentous step forward for women's rights. The draft legislation, which was...

The ER: Holiday Sanctuary for the Broken

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

Where our patients sometimes live in darkness, squalor, danger and hunger, whether run-down trailer, homeless tent or government project, the emergency departments are different. They are places of bright lights and warmth, safety and relief; where beds are clean and food is available. And if nothing else, places where there are people who are interested and polite.

Sophia Jones

Despite Legal Gains, Turkish Women Are Still Dying Over The Right To Divorce

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 11.20.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Serdar Gocmen didn't hesitate last year when he killed his wife with a kitchen knife, witnesses say. He walked into the Cumhur Hair Salon ...

How Some States Treat Battered Victims As Criminals

HuffPost LIve | Chris Branch | Posted 11.17.2014 | Women

In several states, battered mothers can face up to life in prison if they "fail to protect" their children from harm at the hands of their abusive spo...

One Mom's Life 11 Years After Her Husband Abused Her And Forced Their Son To Videotape It

OWN | Posted 11.17.2014 | OWN

When Susan Still married her longtime boyfriend, Ulner Lee Still, in 1989, she never could have imagined the brutality that would become a part of her...

I Was In A Secret Relationship With My Abuser

xoJANE | Posted 11.13.2014 | Women
xoJANE

To cover up my circumstances, I would share and comment on articles on my Facebook and Twitter timelines detailing how domestic abuse needs to be talked about.

Emma Gray

'Scandal' Spelled Out What Women Risk When They Come Forward About Abuse

HuffingtonPost.com | Emma Gray | Posted 11.12.2014 | Women

This post contains spoilers about Episode 7, Season 4 of "Scandal." When women open up about their experiences of abuse, or power imbalances within...

The Problem With Covenant Marriages and Fault-Based Divorce

Mark Baer | Posted 11.06.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

On October 30, 2014, I was contacted by a reporter, who asked if I could explain the Arkansas "covenant marriage" law to them. Among other things, if...

New Law Spurs Action, Bringing Protection to Many

UN Women | Posted 10.31.2014 | World
UN Women

A new law against domestic violence adopted in August in The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, coupled with efforts to promote the Istanbul Convention are giving new hope to survivors.

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

Mona Shattell | Posted 10.31.2014 | 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 10.30.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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 10.27.2014 | 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 10.27.2014 | 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 10.23.2014 | 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 10.26.2014 | 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 10.21.2014 | 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 10.17.2014 | 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.