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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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.

Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis for Black Women

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 10.30.2014 | Black Voices
Josh Sugarmann

It is a sad and unfortunate fact that the gun violence epidemic -- which kills tens of thousands of Americans every year -- has a disproportionate impact on the black community. This is true not only for men, but for black women as well.

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Neglected Problem of Domestic Violence in Society

Anna Chapman | Posted 10.30.2014 | Impact
Anna Chapman

October is the month of fall, football, and domestic violence (DV). Although the first DV Awareness Month was established In October of 1987, unfortunately a disturbing video of a football star has provoked more public discourse on domestic violence than the longstanding efforts of government agencies and non-profits.

Katy Hall

Fashion Keeps Embracing Guns, While Guns Keep Killing Women

HuffingtonPost.com | Katy Hall | Posted 10.24.2014 | Style

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) brought the message that gun violence is a women's issue earlier this week, declaring at an Iowa domestic violenc...

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...

Not Just the NFL: How Employers Can Help Stop Domestic Violence

Ariel Zwang | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

Domestic violence is learned behavior. When society looks away or treats it as a private matter, it reinforces the behavior. By taking a stand against abuse, employers can lead the way to a society free of domestic violence.

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).