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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....

August 2023: The Long History of Domestic Violence and the Development of DVSN

Domestic Violence Service Network, Inc.’s new fiscal year began last month, in July 2023. This year, we are celebrating our 25th anniversary! Over the last quarter century, DVSN has grown leaps and bounds and has been able to provide tens of thousands of people with...

July 2023: More Than Just Words – The Entangled Tempest of Verbal, Emotional, Psychological Abuse

Not all abuse is physical. There are numerous types of abuse and abusive tactics other than bodily harm that are equally or often times more detrimental to the victim. Verbal abuse is an extremely common and enormously hurtful form of abuse, the effects of which can...

June 2023: Where Can I Go? Abuse Survivor Housing Options

Choosing to leave an abusive partner is not an easy or straightforward thing to do. In fact, it is the most dangerous time for victims. Learn more about reasons victims stay with abusers in DVSN’s July 2022 blog post, “Why It’s Not Always Safe/Right to Leave an...

May 2023: The Enduring Impact of Abuse on Mental Health

Mental health is a broad term that covers a number of illnesses ranging from insomnia, anxiety, and depression to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are significant links...
May 2023: The Enduring Impact of Abuse on Mental Health

May 2023: The Enduring Impact of Abuse on Mental Health

Mental health is a broad term that covers a number of illnesses ranging from insomnia, anxiety, and depression to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are significant links...

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April 2023: The Complexities of Reproductive Coercion

April 2023: The Complexities of Reproductive Coercion

There are numerous types of abuse from physical and verbal to emotional, spiritual, financial, and technological. While abusers use a variety of tactics to exert power in these different spheres, many of these tactics boil down to the same thing: coercive control....

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March 2023: Disabilities and Domestic Violence

March 2023: Disabilities and Domestic Violence

One in four adults in the United States has some type of disability (CDC). Three out of four people with disabilities experience some form of abuse (NCADV). People with disabilities are four to ten times more likely to be victimized than people without disabilities...

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