Amelia Earhart Day

Amelia Earhart Day, is today, January 11. To quote Amelia Earhart: "Women should do for themselves what men have already done - occasionally what men have not done - thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater...

2015 Candlelight Vigil Speech

It is October. It is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and we are once again gathering to celebrate, to remember, and to provide hope. A person calling our Crisis Hotline said to the recently, “I just don’t think anyone will believe me,” as she was sharing details of...

From Bully to Batterer

Can childhood bullying turn into domestic violence later in life? There’s a lot of attention and rightly so, on bullying these days. No longer is teasing and name-calling being accepted as just “kids being kids.” The negative effects of bullying can often be...

Dear Friends

Dear Friends, This time of the year many of us plan our summer vacation. As we google places to go images of beach balls, picnic tables and amusement parks start running through our heads. A vacation is many things; time to rest, time to recharge and time to be closer...

When Children Experience Trauma

The after-effects of violence and stress in kids could be mistaken for ADHD. Brian F. Martin survived a violent childhood, but the violence wasn’t aimed at him. From the age of 5 through his teenage years, he was a witness to near-constant violence between his mother...

Staying Strong After Leaving the Shelter

Why do survivors consider returning to an abusive partner in some situations? A domestic violence shelter can be a place survivors find safety from an abusive relationship, as well as a place where they can begin to plan for a healthier future. But, like any safe...

Let’s Talk About Dating

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and unfortunately, 1 in 10 American teenagers suffers physical violence at the hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend; many others are sexually or emotionally abused. What Isn't a Healthy Relationship?...

Knowledge is Power

It is nearing the end of January. This brings to mind the anticipation of Groundhog Day and the hope that our winter blues can come to an end with the promise of an early spring! It also means the Super Bowl is just around the corner! There are is a lot of controversy...

January is Stalking Awareness Month

You might wonder, "what is stalking, really?" Maybe you envision scenes from NCIS or Criminal Minds and think that stalking is something that only occurs on television or in the movies! But, stalking occurs each day, and it very frightening to those who experience it....

It’s a New Year…What Do You Think?

It is the holiday season, and I was asked recently, “What does that mean for the work you do?” Specifically, the question was raised to find out if emergency shelters were “more full” during the holidays and, “are [you] busier?” According to studies completed in both...

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