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...

Project Woman Supports Survivor Transformation

One survivor shares her story. She has asked to remain anonymous. Her story is very real. Our hope is that these words will help others realize they are not alone in what they have experienced. Those who have been victimized are not to blame for what happened to them....

It Can Happen to Anyone…

Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Domestic violence occurs in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships and...