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Domestic Violence and Addictions

Domestic Violence and Addictions

I recently read a great article on DrugRehab.com that highlighted the link between domestic violence and substance abuse. To see the article, click here. Some people believe that an abuser using drugs or alcohol causes domestic violence. This is not…

Do I Need Professional Counseling?

Do I Need Professional Counseling?

I highly recommend professional counseling for those who have suffered any kind of abuse whether in childhood or from an intimate partner. Sometimes people feel like failures if they seek professional counseling. It is a sign of weakness, isn’t it? Wrong! In…

Prosecuting DV Offenders

Prosecuting DV Offenders

***Trigger Warning*** On May 17, I took a webinar hosted by the National Coalition of Domestic Violence (NCADV) entitled “Prosecuting Domestic Violence Cases: Efforts to Balance Serving Society and Survivors within a Multidisciplinary Team Framework.” This webinar was presented by Jason Emmanuel…

The Lion of Judah

The Lion of Judah

If you have been following me for very long, you know that I often share contemporary songs in my blogs that have meaning to me. Today, I would like to share “The Lion and the Lamb” by Big Daddy Weave.*…

Escaping Your Abuser with Your Pets

Escaping Your Abuser with Your Pets

When planning to escape an abuser, there are many things to consider. Where will I live? What will I eat? Will I be able to find a job? What will happen to my kids? Contacting your local domestic violence center…

What Voices Are You Listening To?

What Voices Are You Listening To?

What do you hear about yourself when you listen to your inner voice? Do you hear how wonderful, smart and strong you are? Or, do you hear a negative voice, one that says you are lazy, fat and stupid? Maybe…

What Makes a Relationship Healthy?

What Makes a Relationship Healthy?

I often talk about dysfunctional relationships. Today, I would like to look at what makes a healthy relationship. I have experienced both. My first marriage was sad. It was characterized by selfishness, control, invalidation and abuse. My second marriage is…