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Domestic Violence.

Melissa Jeltsen

China Drafts First National Law Against Domestic Violence | 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...

Bruised Little Girls Curse To 'Break The Silence About Domestic Violence'

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 11.26.2014 | Women

The "potty-mouth princesses" are back, this time with bruises. For-profit t-shirt company FCKH8 has released a new shock-value video of little gir...

Broken Heart, Empty Arms: An Adoption Story, Part 1

Jeannette Bellesfield | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Jeannette Bellesfield

In July 2002, I woke up doubled over in pain. I couldn't eat, I couldn't drink, and I could barely breathe. I went to my doctor and she immediately did an ultrasound on my kidneys and liver. She was certain I had a kidney infection. Four days later, the doctor called and said, "Congratulations! You're 22 weeks pregnant. Please come in for a consult as soon as possible. Goodbye."

Can We Spot the Abuser in the Crowd? Often Not

David Adams | Posted 11.25.2014 | Women
David Adams

Part of the problem in detecting abusers is that we fail to recognize that charm and horrifically abusive behavior can co-exist in one person.

The Words We Need to Ban to Help End Violence Against Women

Natalie Pace | Posted 11.24.2014 | Women
Natalie Pace

It's time to break the cycle of violence, which is often codified in church doctrines, even here, even now. And part of breaking that cycle of violence, particularly this week, is to accept the challenge to eliminate violence against women from our speech.

White Lies

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 11.24.2014 | Latino Voices
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

My brother and I accepted our mother's version of the affair that produced our sister with few questions, even though Lydia looks completely different from the rest of us. Mom is a long-legged Latina, but my brother and I take after our father. We're both tall blonds. Lydia is petite and cinnamon-coffee dark with tightly curled blue-black hair.

We Can and Will Eliminate Violence Against Women

Christine Hart | Posted 11.21.2014 | Impact
Christine Hart

We don't always talk about gender-based violence in our conversations with family and friends, but it is pervasive in every culture and in every country on earth.

Infographic Illustrates The Devastating Impact Of Domestic Violence Beyond The Headlines

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 11.20.2014 | Women

Over the course of the last year, stories of domestic violence have flooded the news. And while the instances receiving the most attention involve pro...

To Be Visible Again: Philanthropy in Action

Cristina M. Regalado | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Cristina M. Regalado

This was an unforgettable experience that reminded me of what philanthropy is all about - love of humanity, to care, to belong, to register one's presence regardless of one's life circumstance.

Want to Stop Domestic Violence? Start Early

Monique Brunson Jones | Posted 11.18.2014 | Chicago
Monique Brunson Jones

We need to help young people make healthy choices and engage in healthy activities. This means investing in programs that encourage safe and age appropriate exploration of health and sexuality, making such programs accessible to all of our city's children and youth.

A Quirky and Slightly Frightening Novel You May Want to Pick up Before You Get Ready to Baste Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Adriana & George Sifakis | Posted 11.18.2014 | Books
Adriana & George Sifakis

While S.W.A.K., a novel of ultimate betrayal is rather quirky, full of drama, and at times dark, you must exercise a slight sense of humor while readi...

Harnessing the Power of Theater for Social Change

Kaethe Morris Hoffer | Posted 11.18.2014 | Arts
Kaethe Morris Hoffer

For all those who are interested in the fight against sex trafficking, which is a fight absolutely aligned with the fight against domestic violence and sexual assault, this play has the power to spark important conversations, and it is worth your time and consideration.

Should Netflix Pull the Plug on Cosby?

David Fagin | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment
David Fagin

Regardless of whether or not you believe Ms. Bowman and the others who've come forward, if Netflix does decide to go ahead and air Cosby's special, and they're lambasted for it, they'll have no one to blame but themselves for its "'Cos and effect.'"

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...

Judge to Allow Prior Abuse Allegations in Marissa Alexander Trial

The Root | Lynette Holloway | Posted 11.15.2014 | Black Voices

In a move that could bolster 34-year-old Marissa Alexander’s case, a judge ruled this week that evidence prior alleged acts of domestic violence aga...

Open Letter to Young People Who Are Growing Up With Domestic Violence

Brian F. Martin | Posted 11.14.2014 | Impact
Brian F. Martin

Last month you heard a lot about domestic violence in the news. It must have been difficult, I understand. I grew up living with domestic violence from the time I was 5 until my late teens. I know what it feels like. I also know of millions of other people who experienced the same thing.

Deaths, Abuse and Alleged Rapes: How Lax Oversight Endangers Florida's -- and the Nation's -- Children

Art Levine | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Art Levine

Is Florida the most dangerous places in the country for children with disabilities, behavioral disorders or the sheer misfortune to be born into abusive families? That could well be the case, based on a series of troubling investigative reports.

Men Behaving Badly

Matthew Fox | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact
Matthew Fox

All the bad news about men behaving badly offers us an opportunity to speak out, to ask the deeper questions, to redirect the messages our boys and young men are getting from a patriarchal and reptilian-brain-driven culture that is dangerous to women and men, children and the Earth.

It Has to Stop: Warehousing Women and Children is Inhumane

Archi Pyati | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact
Archi Pyati

These are not family facilities. They are not shelters or temporary transit facilities. These are jails behind barbed wire, heavy security doors, metal detectors and other hallmarks of prison. Women and children locked up inside have been languishing for months. They could be there indefinitely.

The Road Less Traveled...

L. Y. Marlow | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
L. Y. Marlow

I do not take it lightly when I say that I have dedicated my life to saving Promise and the countless other Promises and families that are affected by this terrible crisis. Therefore, from my heart to yours, I ask you to join us.

Investing in Legal Aid Is Good Business

Lonnie A. Powers | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Lonnie A. Powers

In law as in medicine, an emergency room is neither the most cost effective nor beneficial way to deliver justice or provide health care. Seeing your doctor regularly makes it easier and less expensive for individuals and for the health care system overall to stay healthy.

How Do We Unlearn the Lies Learned In Childhood?

Brian F. Martin | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Brian F. Martin

Every day we have opportunities to unlearn lies we may have learned. Many of the lies that we believe about ourselves were seeded in childhood. Especially if you grew up in violent home. A home in which the violence could have been physical or nonphysical.

I Was In A Secret Relationship With My Abuser

xoJANE | Posted 11.13.2014 | Women

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.

David Lohr

EXCLUSIVE: Man In Murder-For-Hire Alligator Case Was Targeted Before | David Lohr | Posted 11.10.2014 | Crime

Ernesto Negrillo, the man whose ex-girlfriend's mom is accused of plotting to hire a hitman to kill him and feed his body to alligators, was marked fo...