How A Child’s Health Is Impacted by Domestic Violence

Children, especially early in their lives, learn their most important lessons from their parents.  However, if they’re learning from parents involved in domestic violence, the outcome can be more damaging than people believe. Many children exposed to domestic violence are affected by its outcome in each stage of life, including adulthood. In this post, we’re going to focus on how children’s health is impacted by domestic violence.Read More »

Domestic Violence a Problem in Homeless Shelters

We have discussed before the way the threat of homelessness can compel victims of domestic violence to remain in abusive relationships, and how domestic violence can often result in homelessness for the victim.  According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, over 60% of homeless women have been victims of domestic violence.  But for many, abuse continues after becoming homeless as well.  Recent studies conducted in New York City have found that domestic abuse in homeless shelters has become a troublingly common problem.Read More »

Translating Justice Initiative Aims to Help Deaf Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Deaf and Hearing-Impaired women are 1.5 times more likely to experience domestic or sexual abuse in their lifetime.  Unfortunately, increased risk of abuse is not the only obstacle that the deaf community faces when it comes to this kind of violence, because deaf people often face communication issues when reporting which can make the process even more difficult.  Many police officers and other professionals lack the training to communicate effectively with deaf people or to provide sign language interpreters, and most domestic violence shelters are similarly unprepared.Read More »

Utah Bill Could Make Treatment Optional for Perpetrators of Domestic Violence

Bill SB 206, being proposed in Utah, would serve to make changes to the release procedure of prisoners convicted of domestic violence, including forcing them to sign away rights to contact the victim upon release from prison.  The bill seems to have good chances of passing, however one small change could make a huge difference in how domestic violence cases are prosecuted, and many domestic violence advocates feel it would be a step in the wrong direction.Read More »

What to Do When a Male Victim Discloses Domestic Violence

While many people still think of domestic violence as a women’s issue, there are many instances in which the victim of intimate partner violence is male.  This is the case in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships.  While it is common for all domestic violence cases to go unreported, this can be especially true for cases in which the victim is male, as stigma often perpetuates the false ideas that men cannot be victims or should be able to handle it.

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