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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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.

Sex and World Peace: Or, What Little Girls Have to Do With Our Wars

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 12.12.2012 | World
Soraya Chemaly

The very best indicator and predictor of a state's peacefulness is not wealth, military expenditures or religion; the best predictor is how well its girls and women are treated.

What Men Are Afraid To Tell Judges In Divorce Court

Joseph E. Cordell | Posted 12.10.2012 | Divorce
Joseph E. Cordell

When guys going through divorce say they are the victims of domestic violence, they are often met with blank stares, suspicion and disbelief.

Nevada Once Again Leads Nation in Women Murdered by Men

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

For the third year in a row, and for the fifth time in six years, Nevada ranked first in the nation in the rate of women killed by men according to the annual report When Men Murder Women.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Christine Bork | Posted 12.25.2011 | Chicago
Christine Bork

Let's break the silence on all forms of domestic violence and give a voice to its victims. One is too many. No one deserves abuse.

My Female Colleagues Told Me Not To Talk About The Abuse. I Did It Anyway

Michele Weldon | Posted 12.25.2011 | Women
Michele Weldon

She told me I would never escape the label of a battered woman. We hung up that afternoon and never spoke again.

LA Turns Purple in October: Raising Awareness About Domestic Violence

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 12.21.2011 | Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and as a survivor of abuse and as mayor of LA, I have worked to leverage every resource at my disposal to end this cycle of violence. But we have our work cut out for us.

Why Does 51% Own Less Than 1%?

K. Sujata | Posted 12.14.2011 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Women make up half the population and 40 percent of the world's workforce but hold just one percent of the world's wealth. We need to assume responsibility, ensuring women have safe and healthy lives.

Nevada Ranks #1 in Rate of Women Murdered by Men

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 11.20.2011 | Crime
Josh Sugarmann

For the second year in a row, and for the fourth time in the last five years, Nevada is first in the nation in the rate of women killed by men.