Category: Domestic Violence Awareness

To Be Held, #DVAM

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month – a month where I usually share my journey of where I’ve come from in an effort to raise awareness, spread hope, and share resources. This year, so far, I haven’t felt compelled to share anything. I actually… Continue Reading “To Be Held, #DVAM”

Let Go of Your Umbrella

Have you ever been given the gift of a song? I have, and it makes my day. A friend will send me a link to a song and say “This reminded me of you.” It’s a gift. And it always touches my heart. The… Continue Reading “Let Go of Your Umbrella”

#1thing – Why did you Stay?

I am so glad to be at the end of my series on domestic violence – you have no idea. I have accomplished what I wanted to accomplish and I hope that it reached someone, that it taught someone, that it helped someone. Today… Continue Reading “#1thing – Why did you Stay?”

#1thing – Post 7 – Children

This is the last day that I’m writing about what domestic violence looks like and it’s the one of the worst. An abuser will use your children to control you. “If you leave me, your daughter will grow up to be a stripper. That’s… Continue Reading “#1thing – Post 7 – Children”

#1thing – Post 6 – Isolation & Economics

An abuser wants control over their victim – as much control as possible. One of the ways they accomplish this is to slowly remove their victim from their families and friends. Another way is through financial power. Isolation… …looks like jealousy – “You can’t… Continue Reading “#1thing – Post 6 – Isolation & Economics”

#1thing – Post 5 – Threats

Domestic Violence is more than just physical and threats can be more than just physical as well. Domestic violence is about controlling the other person and the means in which someone does that are vast and disturbing. An abuser can threaten to harm you,… Continue Reading “#1thing – Post 5 – Threats”

#1thing – Post 4 – Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is devasting, traumatic, and every bit as dangerous as physical abuse. The effects of emotional abuse can lead to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, PTSD, fear, hopelessness, shame, nightmares, racing hearts, even physical pain that is manifested by the emotional trauma.… Continue Reading “#1thing – Post 4 – Emotional Abuse”

#1Thing – Post 3 – Intimidation

My next few posts will be highlighting (is that the right word?) the different types of domestic violence – what they look like, what it feels like, and especially stressing that these things are domestic violence even though they are not physical. I think… Continue Reading “#1Thing – Post 3 – Intimidation”

#1 Thing – Post 2 – Not Physical

Domestic Violence is so much more than physical harm. When my daughter was 5 months old, I told my then husband that I needed space. I told him that he needed to go and get his life figured out before we could move forward.… Continue Reading “#1 Thing – Post 2 – Not Physical”

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