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Domestic Abuse Survivors Explain Why They Can't 'Just Leave'

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.09.2014 | Women

"But why would you stay if someone was abusing you?" That's a distressingly common response to revelations of domestic violence. After a video was ...

National Domestic Violence Organizations Silent in Wake of Ray Rice Abuse

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 09.09.2014 | Women
Tanya Young Williams

Where is the outcry from our leading domestic violence organizations in the wake of the latest Ray Rice elevator video, wherein he punches his fiance in the face?

It Took a Video for Ray Rice to Be Strongly Disciplined by the NFL

John A. Tures | Posted 09.09.2014 | Sports
John A. Tures

This says a lot about the NFL, and us. Sure there was an outcry, but some weren't convinced that Rice had really done anything wrong. We had to see a video to realize what domestic violence really looks like.

The Real Reasons Women Like Ray Rice's Wife Janay Stay

Ethlie Ann Vare | Posted 09.09.2014 | Women
Ethlie Ann Vare

It's possible that, underneath it all, though, we stay because our brains are wired wrong. I know I was addicted to the oxytocin produced by having a man in my life -- no matter how awful a man.

NFL on Track With Domestic Violence Penalties but Must Follow Through

Amy E. Bonomi | Posted 09.08.2014 | Women
Amy E. Bonomi

Including an understanding of behaviors typical of chronic domestic violence offenders and a realization that our best chances at prevention involve intervening with adolescents will augment the NFL's strong move to increase penalties for domestic violence offenders.

Are Photos Of Domestic Abuse Really Not Enough?

The Guardian | Jessica Valenti | Posted 08.14.2014 | Women

Despite having the results of physical brutality in front of our eyes, when it comes to violence against women, seeing, sadly, is still not believing....

7 Social Issues Robin Williams Brought To The Big Screen

ThinkProgress | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact

Robin Williams was serious about a lot of issues in his personal life, whether campaigning for a new G.I. bill, or raising money for Hurricane Katrina...

Battered Disney Princes Encourage Men 'Not To Be Embarrassed To Ask For Help'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact

A new campaign is using the "hero" archetype of Disney princes to spread awareness about domestic violence against males. Artist Saint Hoax's late...

Dear NFL: Aren't Women Worth as Much as Dogs?

Richelle Carey | Posted 08.06.2014 | Sports
Richelle Carey

Goodell claims he's "being consistent." How about consistently sending a message to players and fans that violence against women won't be tolerated?

Terrifying Car Ride Urges Women To Never Take A Backseat When It Comes To Domestic Abuse

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.01.2014 | Impact

Many people have experienced uncomfortable cab rides, but few backseat journeys get quite this intense. In the video above, women featured in a soc...

Institutions That Minimize Abuse Share the Blame

Kim Gandy | Posted 08.01.2014 | Sports
Kim Gandy

It's time for our institutions to scrap their crisis communication plans when it comes to violence against women, and replace them with real plans to protect victims and hold perpetrators accountable.

Jasmine V Wants Domestic Abuse Victims To Know They 'Have A Voice'

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 07.29.2014 | Latino Voices

Jasmine V is back. The singer and actress recently released “That’s Me Right There” ft. Kendrick Lamar, the first track off her upcoming EP. ...

Dear NFL: Put Your Money Where All The Concussions Are

Amy E. Bonomi | Posted 07.29.2014 | Women
Amy E. Bonomi

There is no question that scientific investigations related to concussions and head and brain injury among current and aspiring NFL players should occur. But there is another largely ignored population within the NFL suffering head injury, concussions and related trauma

Whoopi Defends Stephen A. Smith's Controversial Comments On Domestic Violence

Posted 08.04.2014 | Black Voices

--"The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg defends Stephen A. Smith's controversial stance on domestic violence. (The View) Need help? In the U.S...

ESPN Host: Battered Women Should Learn Not To Provoke It

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.29.2014 | Sports

On Thursday, the NFL punished Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice with a two-game suspension after the player allegedly knocked out his fiancée du...

Melissa Jeltsen

The One Type Of Abuse No One Talks About | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Marina A. has no bruises or scars from the abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband. That is, unless you look at her bank account....

'I Felt My Nose Burst': Abuse Survivor Turned Model Recalls Horrific Attack

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.22.2014 | Crime

She was once beaten so badly that she needed reconstructive surgery. Now Lacy Lund is following her dream in the hopes that other survivors will be in...

Melissa Jeltsen

Mass Shooting Analysis Reveals Startling Finding | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics

A recent analysis of U.S. gun deaths has found that a majority of mass shootings were related to domestic or family violence. The analysis, perform...

Cancer: It's Not All Rainbows and Butterflies

Fiona Finn | Posted 09.09.2014 | Divorce
Fiona Finn

Cancer was a mixed blessing -- proving since my husband couldn't carry me, he didn't deserve to marry me. But cancer didn't just injure my body; it destroyed me emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and financially.

The Successful 150-Year-Old Model

Lori Sokol | Posted 09.07.2014 | Impact
Lori Sokol

While the most visible women's rights being jeopardized include voting rights and the right to have control over our own bodies, there are more, many more.

How to Spot an Abuser Before It's Too Late

Laura Riley, Ph.D. | Posted 08.30.2014 | Women
Laura Riley, Ph.D.

In my 30+ years of clinical experience, I've seen that abusers are often unable to solve conflicts verbally. Under stress, words fail them. Instead of using the small muscles around their mouth to discuss a problem, they lash out with large arm or leg muscles to relieve the tension.

The Pro-Life Issue Most Pastors Won't Preach About

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.29.2014 | Religion

While many religious leaders have been vocal about abortion, same sex marriage and other social concerns, they have remained fairly quiet on one major...

Chilling Video Reveals Domestic Violence Rises 38% When England Gets Knocked Out Of World Cup

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 06.27.2014 | Impact

The FIFA World Cup is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world, exceeding even the Olympic Games. Bringing people together from all walks of...

Benevolent Stands

Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA

In our lifetimes, almost 30 percent of women will find ourselves the victim of domestic violence. While that statistic is unnerving, it calls to light the fact that every day when we're at work, in class, at a movie, we're there alongside women who have persevered and decided to stand up after someone tried to bring them down.

Melissa Jeltsen

This Is What Domestic Violence Looks Like (GRAPHIC) | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 06.02.2014 | Women

A Tennessee woman is posting graphic photos of her battered face online in an effort to spread awareness about domestic violence. Angela Brower, 37...