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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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...

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.

6 Early Warning Signs of an Abusive Relationship

Pamela Jacobs | Posted 10.21.2014 | Women
Pamela Jacobs

But while abuse often escalates to physical violence, it does not start out that way. In fact, abusers are often charming, attentive, and sweet in the beginning of a relationship.

It Happens More Than You Know: 10 Celebrities Who Are Victims Of Domestic Violence

Posted 10.10.2014 | MarloThomas

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this year we hardly need to be reminded about the urgency of this ongoing issue. It was jus...

I'm Still Here

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 10.10.2014 | Women
Susanne Mentzer

I understand that this is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Here is my story.

A Legacy of Praying Women

L. Y. Marlow | Posted 10.09.2014 | Religion
L. Y. Marlow

I think back on that day my mother stared into the abyss, as though she could still see the stitches that cinched her chest, I thank God that she was a praying woman.

It's on Us to Change the Conversation from #WhyIStayed to #HowIHelped

Kim Gandy | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Kim Gandy

How do we turn the insight gleaned from the #WhyIStayed conversation into sustained action? We must honor these courageous survivors by working to end domestic violence.

For Women, Gun Violence Often Linked to Domestic Violence

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

To prevent fatal violence against women, we need to ensure communities have the resources to help women who are the potential victims of domestic violence. Moreover, we should do everything we can at both the state and federal levels to ensure abusers do not have access to guns.

The Silence Surrounding Domestic Violence is Deafening

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 11.08.2013 | Impact
Tanya Young Williams

As a very vocal advocate for the eradication of domestic violence, I am greatly frustrated by the apparent indifference our culture has towards domestic violence and the cancerous destruction it has on our families.

We Must Stand With Marissa Alexander

Alice Wilder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Alice Wilder

A few days after giving birth, Florida woman Marissa Alexander was attacked by her allegedly abusive husband. She fired one warning shot, at the ceiling. No one was harmed. Alexander has no prior arrests. Marissa was sentenced to 20 years by the state of Florida.

We Salute These Guys For Wearing High Heels To A Harley-Davidson Store

Posted 10.28.2013 | Impact

A group of macho Georgia guys hit up one of the manliest spots in town sporting the girliest shoes they could slip into –- for good reason. To h...

The Group Of Women We Shouldn't Underestimate

Sherry Hamby, Ph.D. | Posted 12.25.2013 | Women
Sherry Hamby, Ph.D.

Leaving a relationship is not something that happens in a vacuum and it is not always the safest or best option for victims of domestic violence. We owe it to them to figure out something better than "why don't you just leave?" We owe it to victims everywhere to understand the risks battered women face, and the ways women have coped with violence.

Black Women Face a Greater Risk of Domestic Violence

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Josh Sugarmann

The high toll gun violence exacts on black males is all too well known. Less known is the fact that black women also face a disproportionate risk of lethal violence. We should not sit back and accept a society where black women face a higher chance of getting killed.

Another Month, Another 50 Women Dead

Martha Burk | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

Before Domestic Violence Awareness Month is over, at least 20 more women, and some of their kids, will be fatally shot by abusers. Cause of death: lack of action in Congress.

The 'Benefits' of Verbal Abuse

Christi Paul | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Christi Paul

Now let's be very clear here. Recognizing the benefits of something negative isn't saying, "It's okay that it happened to you." It's not okay. But it is saying, "This isn't how my story is going to end."

How Do You See Domestic Violence?

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 12.17.2013 | Latino Voices
Pierre R. Berastaín

Overall, one in four women and one in seven men experience domestic violence. Although the rate for Latinas is slightly similar (one in five Latinas experience domestic violence), Latin@ survivors face additional barriers when dealing with domestic violence.

Guns Aren't the Answer to Domestic Violence

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

When it comes to guns and women, firearms are being used to take women's lives, not defend them.

Now Is the Time for Attention to Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ Communities of Color

Irene Monroe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Every Monday morning, "Alex" and I met for breakfast at our favorite dive in Harvard Square. I would notice bruises and cuts on his face, arms, and legs, but I assumed that the black-and-blue marks were par for the course for a guy who played scrimmage football on the weekends.

It's Purple Month!

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

It's purple month! Now, you may be wondering, "What's that?" Allow me to explain. You see, we wear purple -- actually, a purple ribbon -- to honor victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence and abuse, generally referred to as intimate partner violence and abuse (IPV/A).

"His Bruises Are Like Kisses" & Other Domestic Violence Myths

Christine Pelosi | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Every single minute 24 people in America are victims of domestic violence. Almost every other second, somewhere in America, one of our neighbors is abused by the person they love.

End the Violence, Ensure Housing for All

Maria Foscarinis | Posted 12.24.2012 | Impact
Maria Foscarinis

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Violence, both domestic and public, is a daily reality for too many Americans, and it's especially acute for people who are poor or homeless.

Domestic Violence: A Month of Awareness but a Daily Occurrence

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 12.22.2012 | Crime
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Although I am glad that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I've been an emergency room doctor for 17 years -- for me, every day is domestic violence awareness day.

Black Women Murdered by Men Most Often Die by Gunfire, Usually by Someone They Know

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 12.18.2012 | Black Voices
Josh Sugarmann

Black women in America are almost always killed by someone they know, most often with a gun, and usually as the result of an argument according to "When Men Murder Women," a report released each year by my organization, the Violence Policy Center.

Economic Security Can Combat Domestic Violence

K. Sujata | Posted 12.18.2012 | Chicago
K. Sujata

We have the power to create systemic change in domestic violence if we empower women with the opportunities to have viable and long-lasting economic security.

Domestic Violence: A Journey of Hope

Amy Neumann | Posted 12.16.2012 | Impact
Amy Neumann

Domestic violence is more prevalent than many are aware. In the U.S., it affects nearly one in every four women and one in every seven men in their lifetimes.