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June 2024: Elder Abuse – Distinct Challenges & Barriers to Support

Domestic violence can affect anyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, or age. Certain populations, however, face unique forms of abuse and barriers to support. One such population is older adults, one of the fastest growing demographics in the...

May 2024: Concerning Children – Childhood Domestic Violence (2 of 2)

Last month, part one of DVSN’s blog series “Concerning Children” focused on the horrors of child abuse, when a minor is directly abused or neglected. This month’s continuation will delve more deeply into the related issue of childhood domestic violence. As...

April 2024: Concerning Children – Child Abuse (1 of 2)

Abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of ethnicity, economic status, gender, or age, resulting in multiple forms of harm. Abuse against children who are still developing and learning, however, can have deeper and more dire consequences that impact victims for the...

March 2024: Discourses on Domestic Violence – 26 Engaging TED Talks on Abuse

Spreading information and sharing personal stories of abuse is one of the most effective ways to reduce domestic violence and help victims get the support they need. There are many excellent books, movies, TV shows, and podcasts available to help educate people in a...

February 2024: The Manipulative “Romance” of Grooming & Love Bombing

February is the month of Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. It’s a time when partners often shower each other with gifts, special attention, romantic dates, and extra affection. Much of the time, these are positive things, helping healthy relationships grow and...

January 2024: Stalking – Stats, Tactics, & Impacts

Stalkers are often portrayed in the media as strangers or celebrity worshippers, sometimes with mental health issues. While stalkers can be all those things, they are much more likely to be someone the victim knows, and stalking is much more common in the general...

December 2023: Spiritual Abuse – Trying to Control the Soul by Using Our Beliefs Against Us

Spirituality can be defined as a person’s particular set of beliefs regarding life’s purpose, meaning, and connection. This often includes forces outside of oneself, such as a higher power. Religions provide a collective framework and community for organized spiritual...

November 2023: Restraining Orders 101

A restraining order is a limited-time court order that directs one person to stop harming another. For domestic violence victims and survivors looking to help shield and defend themselves against their abusers, restraining orders can provide legal protection and serve...

October 2023: Victim Blaming – What Is It and Why Does It Happen?

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (#DVAM). It is a time to shine a light on abuse and to educate the public about this extremely damaging and all-too-prolific issue. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about domestic violence that can compound the...

September 2023: Toxic Triangulation – Third-Party Manipulation

Abuse is not always easy to recognize. While some forms of abuse leave obvious bruises or hateful words ringing in the victim’s ears, there are other stealthy techniques abusers use to influence and control their victims so that they don’t even notice it is happening....
January 2024: Stalking – Stats, Tactics, & Impacts

January 2024: Stalking – Stats, Tactics, & Impacts

Stalkers are often portrayed in the media as strangers or celebrity worshippers, sometimes with mental health issues. While stalkers can be all those things, they are much more likely to be someone the victim knows, and stalking is much more common in the general...

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November 2023: Restraining Orders 101

November 2023: Restraining Orders 101

A restraining order is a limited-time court order that directs one person to stop harming another. For domestic violence victims and survivors looking to help shield and defend themselves against their abusers, restraining orders can provide legal protection and serve...

read more