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5th of February 2020

Teenagers Experience Dating Violence, Too. Do You Know the Signs?

‘Domestic abuse.’ Think about those words. Now, close your eyes for a moment. Picture the first image that came to mind. Did you see a fist? Or perhaps a bruised face? Maybe an inebriated, pot-bellied man in a dirty sleeveless shirt grabbing the arm of his wife as she struggles to escape his grasp? I…


23rd of December 2019

Meet our Children’s Support Staff: Kayla & Lily!

Domestic Violence Affects Children When it comes to domestic violence, children are often the forgotten victims. Whether or not the violence is taken out on children, simply witnessing it can have deep, lasting effects. In the US, more than 15 million children live in homes in which domestic violence has happened at least one time.…


7th of November 2019

Abuse or Homelessness: The Choice No Survivor Should Have to Make

Escaping a home where an abuser maintains control does not always equal freedom for women facing intimate partner violence (IPV). Often, it is a path directly to the streets. IPV is a proven cause of housing instability and homelessness for women and families.[1]  After enduring the trauma of abuse, a survivor may not have the…


18th of June 2019

Abuse is Abuse: Recognizing Domestic Violence in LGBTQ+ Relationships

Abuse Still Happens in LGBTQ+ Relationships. Put yourself in the shoes of a victim of an abusive relationship. Imagine the feelings of hopelessness, powerlessness, fear, and desperation. Think about how it would feel to be trapped, yet too scared to ask for help to find a way out. What if people didn’t think your relationship…


14th of May 2019

How Seeking Help is Different for Refugees, Immigrants, and Limited-English Speakers

Imagine that you left your war-torn country for a better life for you and children. But now the war zone is re-established in your new home, and your husband is at the forefront. You plan to leave with your children in the middle night, trying to take only what is necessary. As you reach to…


7th of November 2018

Adopt-A-Family: ‘Tis the Season for Giving the Gift of Empowerment!

The holiday season is full of love and joy. It’s a time to sit back, enjoy some hot chocolate, and feel cozy in a blanket while surrounded by your loved ones. Think back–do you remember a time when you received a special present? As a kid, maybe it was the toy Barbie doll, truck, stuffed…


3rd of October 2018

4 Ways to Honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month at WC&S

Think of your friends, family, and coworkers. Think of all your loved ones. One might assume that domestic violence has no impact on them; that it is something you might hear on the news but is someone else’s problem. Whether or not you are directly impacted by DV, it IS an issue that everyone should…


16th of July 2018

Domestic Violence: How to Cope with Trauma

It takes you about one minute to make your bed in the morning. During this minute and while preparing for the day, about 20 people in the United States are abused by an intimate partner. Those that are abused by an intimate partner are also survivors of trauma. Trauma can have negative long-term mental and…


20th of June 2018

RUSafe: How to Save a Life With an App!

The news. Online. Through social media. And often overheard in a hushed conversation. The subject of domestic abuse is all around us. We hear about it. And we know someone needs to do something about it. But are we that someone? What can we do to help put an end to the violence and abuse…


Take the Father’s Day Pledge to End Gender Violence!

Outside of being fathers, men have many other roles as uncles, brothers, colleagues, mentors, and role models. In order to end domestic and sexual violence, we call for men to have conversations with their children about healthy relationships, confront other men about disrespectful jokes or behavior, and support survivors to get help. Domestic violence affects…