iOS app Android app

Intimate Partner Violence

Guns, Intimacy and Tragedy for Women

K. Sujata | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact
K. Sujata

Put simply, the presence of guns dramatically increases the probability of death in incidents involving domestic violence. In 2011 almost two-thirds of women killed with guns were killed by their intimate partners.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Joan Meier | Posted 06.26.2014 | Parents
Joan Meier

Society needs to come to grips with the reality of the risks some fathers pose for children -- and put away the childish fantasy that Fathers Know Best.

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.

Being Honest About Sexual Violence in War, and Everywhere Else

Gary Barker, Ph.D. | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Gary Barker, Ph.D.

For all the sexual violence that happens in conflicts carried out by combatants or soldiers, it happens even more often in the world's bedrooms or homes.

Addressing Campus Sexual Assault Must Be a Coordinated Effort

Tony West | Posted 07.13.2014 | College
Tony West

We know that a coordinated community response -- one that relies on partnerships with student groups, campus police, community victim services organizations, campus ministries, and school officials -- is what is required to turn the tide on this issue.

Maren Sanchez and Rage as the Male Emotion

Ariel Chesler | Posted 07.01.2014 | Women
Ariel Chesler

Following the recent killing of Maren Sanchez, a 16-year-old honor student in Connecticut, by a fellow student -- Chris Plaskon -- who was apparently in love with her, everyone is searching for root causes for such violence.

Maren Sanchez and the Gender Gaps No One Is Talking About

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 06.25.2014 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

We have a national problem with not expecting or teaching boys to control themselves when they are quite clearly biologically capable of doing so. That's a gap no one is talking about on Sunday morning news programs.

Two Sides to a Statistic

Beth Morrison | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Beth Morrison

It is critical that we are able to educate our adolescents about the root causes and impact of dating violence. And it is critical that we be cautious about our use of language when we do so.

On a Random Day in the U.S. There Are More Than 66,000 Requests for Help Escaping Domestic Violence

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.06.2014 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

The dynamics of domestic violence are complex and changing them requires not just one thing to change, but many things simultaneously.

Not Just Another Gender-based Violence Statistic

Fatou Wurie | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Fatou Wurie

Let's talk about sexual and physical violence -- about how it violates the body, how it violently strips self agency of women -- and the anger, powerlessness, silence, confinement, strength, abruption, dreams, hopes, dance that it elicits. We can also talk about the serious health consequences.

Contextualizing Domestic Violence

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Pierre R. Berastaín

October was National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and as we carry on with holiday preparations, it might be easy to forget that intimate partner violence happens 24/7... every day of the year.

The Intersection of Infertility and Intimate Partner Violence

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Pierre R. Berastaín

We are all responsible for our own happiness, but we are our best selves when we are contributing to the happiness of others. Instead of investing in blame and criticism, spend time enjoying each other and being grateful for the love you share. Love creates life.

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).

'It's (Just) the Way That I Love You': Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse in Same-Sex Relationships (Part 5)

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 11.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

It's time to focus on the decision to heal. First, though, let's recap what this atrocious, demeaning and potentially life-threatening behavior really is.

Don't Like Hillary? Slap Her Around, Say Republicans

Charles Clymer | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Charles Clymer

On Monday, The Hillary Project began spamming reporters on Twitter with a link to a game in which visitors are encouraged to "slap Hillary" with the option of doing so after you a click a button that gives a prerecorded, vaguely-controversial sound bite from her long career in the public eye.

'It's (Just) the Way That I Love You': Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse in Same-Sex Relationships (Part 4)

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 09.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

It's now time to demonstrate how the victim can make his or her "great escape." But first, let's recap what this atrocious, demeaning and potentially life-threatening behavior really is.

'It's (Just) the Way That I Love You': Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse in Same-Sex Relationships (Part 3)

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

So what is the complete cycle of IPV/A? According to Segal and Smith, this behavior falls into a common pattern, which begins with abuse and ends with the setup.

Violence Against Women: A Global Public Health Problem of Epidemic Proportions

Dr. Claudia Garcia Moreno Esteva | Posted 06.20.2013 | Impact
Dr. Claudia Garcia Moreno Esteva

If you have not experienced this directly yourself, you certainly know someone who has. And it is everywhere; there is no region or demographic that can claim that violence against women isn't a problem and, in most parts of the world, a problem on a horrifying scale.

Study Reveals Staggering Rate Of Domestic Violence Worldwide

AP | MARIA CHENG | Posted 08.20.2013 | World

LONDON — In the first major global review of violence against women, a series of reports released Thursday found that about a third of women hav...

Some Truths Take Time, for The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Everyone Else

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Most of us in the LGBT community know that "some truths take time." They take time for others to accept and then finally, affirm, but, most importantly, they take time to germinate within us and grow so that we can accept ourselves and then affirm ourselves to others.

It's Time for Outrage: Sexual Violence and the Church

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.16.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Violence against women is the most prevalent and the most hidden injustice in our world today. It's time for all people of faith to be outraged. It's time for our Christian leaders to stand up and say that women, made in the very image of God, deserve better.

From The Burning Bed to Jodi Arias: The Abuse Defense Gone Wrong

Janice Harper | Posted 06.01.2013 | Crime
Janice Harper

One of the greatest public concerns during the Francine Hughes trial was that if acquitted, the courts would be flooded with murderous women falsely pleading self defense.

'It's (Just) the Way That I Love You': Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse in Same-Sex Relationships (Part 1)

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 07.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

I'm passionate about this issue because it's happened to me, and to others I've known. After Alonzo assaulted me one last time, I fought back. And with assistance from my brother-in-law, a cop, I made my "great escape." Finally I entered counseling. I was lucky.

Domestic Violence in LGBT Communities

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Pierre R. Berastaín

In this short piece, I would like to cover how partner abuse manifests itself in the LGBT community, which experiences domestic violence at equal rates--and sometimes higher--than those of the rest of the population.