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Domestic Abuse Resources and Help

Updated on October 14, 2007

There is No Excuse for Domestic Violence

I love this logo and use it all the time. In fact, I have the bumper sticker on my car. I grew up in a household battered with domestic violence. It was an awful situation, and that's putting it lightly.

The best thing you can do to help someone in an abusive relationship is to educate yourself about domestic abuse and the community resources offered in your area. Then, you can attempt to help someone who needs it. Remember, though, that it isn't easy.

End the Silence.

What is Domestic Violence?

When one person in an intimate relationship tries to control and manipulate the other person in the relationship.

Emotional putdowns, physical assaults, and sexual pressures (often used to establish the control).

These relationships often go up and down, cycling between good times and bad times. My mom used to say about her violent relationship: "When it's good, it's really good. But when it's bad, it's really, really bad."

Domestic Abuse Intervention Program
Domestic Abuse Intervention Program

If you think there's something wrong, there probably is.

If you want to help someone in an abusive relationship, make sure they know:

  • You are not alone.
  • We believe you.
  • It is not your fault.
  • We are here to support you.
  • There are resources that will help.

Domestic Abuse Intervention Project
Domestic Abuse Intervention Project

More Things You Can Do:

  • Refuse to tolerate abuse of any kind in your community.
  • Base your own relationships in respect.
  • Confront attitudes and beliefs that support abuse.
  • Promote and contribute to community resources that work in your community.
  • Stop the Secrets, End the Silence, Break the Cycle.

Please tell me the areas you would like resources for and I'll post information on this page.

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    • Tams R profile image

      Tams R 6 years ago from Missouri

      I like the charts. I'm sorry you had to endure a life in an abusive home. It's permanent in our minds and permeates much of our future behaviors. Thank you for being a part of continued awareness on a sensitive topic.

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      juana b good 10 years ago

      I love the information you put on your site. Very helpful. I got a lot of this from the d.v. group I attended while I was going through everything I went through with my husband. God Bless You for being brave enough to post about your life.

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      cgull8m 10 years ago from North Carolina

      Great Hub Stacie, I hope everyone reads it, only cowards use violence against love. I hope they make the punishments harder and also the parents teach the children against it from day one to ward off this evil.