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Intimate Partner Violence

Two Sides to a Statistic

Beth Morrison | Posted 03.28.2014 | 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 03.06.2014 | 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.

The Invisible Darkness: Domestic Abuse In LGBTQI Relationships

Jincey Lumpkin | Posted 04.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Jincey Lumpkin

Once an ex-girlfriend tried to strangle me. She was drunk and much smaller than I, so it wasn't a scary experience, but it was a sad one, as it marked our turn onto a dark path together. It was the beginning of a very long and painful journey to the end of our relationship.

How I Steer Clear of Crazy, Rage-Filled Lovers

Twanna A. Hines | Posted 04.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Twanna A. Hines

The Internet overflows with random profiles of abusive men who abuse women. This ignores straight men who are abused by women as well as LGBTQ couples -- a community that experiences violence at equal or greater rates as heterosexual partners.

Tongues Untied: On Love And Violence In LGBTQ Relationships

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 12.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Darnell L. Moore

LGBTQ folk, just like heterosexual folk, experience intimate partner violence in our relationships, as well, regardless of race, class, ethnicity, or other identity markers. We need to talk honestly about the ways that violence shows up in our relationships, too.

'Fifty Shades of Grey': Expanding the Conversation From Sexy to Safety

Peggy Andover, Ph.D. | Posted 11.27.2012 | Crime
Peggy Andover, Ph.D.

What's missing -- in the media, probably in our book clubs and certainly in our conversations with our teenage daughters -- is a discussion of a serious and dangerous aspect of their relationship. We're not talking about BDSM. Our concern is the interaction between the characters outside the bedroom.

August 1: Women's Health Care Package Implementation Is Cause for Celebration and Caution

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

The new package of care for women without extra out-of-pocket cost represents a huge step forward. But the ongoing, relentless campaign against health care reform continues unabated.

1 In 4 American Women Attacked By Intimate Partner, Survey Finds

AP | By MIKE STOBBE | Posted 12.15.2011 | Crime

ATLANTA -- It's a startling number: 1 in 4 women surveyed by the government say they were violently attacked by their husbands or boyfriends. Experts...

Man Allegedly Held Ex-Girlfriend Prisoner For 2 Months, Nearly Killed Her

Posted 11.25.2011 | Chicago

A man was arrested Friday after allegedly abusing and holding his former girlfriend captive in his apartment on Chicago's Northwest Side for more than...