The Date Safe Project Aims to Educate About Consent and Respect

Around 2/3 of Americans are unaware of what constitutes sexual consent, and we’ve written before about the importance of keeping people informed.  The Date Safe Project aims to do just that.  Created after founder Mike Domitrz found out that his sister had been sexually assaulted, the project attempts to teach individuals and institutions about respectful dating practices and active consent.Read More »

House Supports Bill to Defend Veteran Sexual Assault Survivors

We have spoken before about how abuse and sexual assault can cause PTSD in domestic violence survivors, but victims of intimate partner violence are not the only ones suffering from the disorder following sexual assault.  A bill supported by the House of Representatives as of Monday would force the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to identify sexual assault as a cause of mental illness in the military.Read More »

PTSD and Intimate Partner Violence

When the media, treatment programs, and the general public address issues of domestic violence, it is common that the focus remains on physical abuse alone.  While physical abuse is incredibly harmful and is indeed one important issue in domestic violence, studies have proven that other types of abuse not involving physical harm can be just a psychologically damaging and disturbingly common.  Read More »

ALP Proposes Domestic Violence Leave

The Australian Labor Party has just held its 47th National Conference this past weekend.  Among the many issues discussed in the conference was a proposal to offer paid leave to domestic violence victims which would include psychological treatment and legal services.  Similar laws have been proposed in the United States with twelve states implementing them already at the time of this writing.Read More »

‘That’s Not Cool’ Campaign to Educate Teens about Dating Violence

Teens are at a high risk for dating violence, and often, especially with rapid changes in technology in today’s society, it can be complicated to know what is and is not appropriate within the bounds of a relationship.  With social media and texting being such a big part of a teenager’s life, whole new ethical issues arise in young relationships.  Is it a kind of abuse to share private photos or conversations saved online?  Is it a sign of an abusive power dynamic if a partner demands your Facebook password?Read More »

Sexual Consent Education in Schools

We have written before about the importance of understanding what does and does not constitute consent.  Not only does misunderstanding about sexual consent make instances of sexual assault more likely to occur, but it actually heightens the psychological effects of sexual assault by creating a feeling of isolation for the victim.  When a victim is assaulted and does not understand that what has occurred qualifies as assault, they endure the same damaging psychological effects of the assault without the validation that they have a right to feel that way or the motivation to pursue legal action against the perpetrator.Read More »

Report Proposes Free Legal Representation for Domestic Violence Survivors

One of the most common reasons that domestic violence victims do not leave their situation is financial hopelessness.  Many victims depend on their abusive partner financially, or do not have the funds necessary to pursue legal action against their abuser.  Without the law’s protection, often victims feel that leaving an abusive situation would actually be less safe, potentially angering the partner and having no legal record of abuse to dissuade the perpetrator from continuing the abusive behavior.Read More »

Patriarchal Values and the Domestic Abuse Victim

An outsider’s perspective on domestic violence is very simple.  When someone is hurting you, logic states that the solution is to leave them.  That seems so much easier than it actually is.  In reality there are countless obstacles, some psychological and some social, that prevent a domestic abuse victim from escaping his or her situation.  In the case of abused women in heterosexual relationships, a significant factor is societal gender expectations.

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