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Escaping Violence

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    When Survivors Are Forced to Use

    Another way abusers assert power and control | As a way to numb the pain of abuse, survivors of domestic violence sometimes turn to drugs or alcohol as a coping mec... read more

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    The Biggest Barrier to Leaving

    Readers say it's abusers' threats, excuses and a fear of retaliation | It may seem to defy the logic of those who have never experienced abuse from... read more

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    When Your Support System Isn't Clear

    Some survivors aren’t able to turn to family and friends. Luckily, they can find help in other places | For some domestic violence survivors, those closest to them—... read more

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    8 Ways Controlling Men Make Mothering Even Harder

    Children suffer fear, uncertainty and trauma | Being a mother is the most challenging job in the world, even with the help of a loving partner or other family member.... read more

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    Will My Abuser Retaliate?

    Whether or not you should expect violence to escalate after seeking a protection order | Domestic violence survivors seek personal protection orders (PPOs) to help ... read more

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    Not Above the Law

    What a police department’s domestic violence policy can tell you | Abusers understand power and control. And when the abuser is a police officer, those power and co... read more

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    How U Visas Help Immigrant Victims of Domestic Abuse

    The hope is to bring survivors out of the shadows, say advocates | Many survivors of domestic violence hesitate to report their abusers because of embarrassment, fi... read more

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    When They're Not Ready for Help

    How to help someone who’s being abused even if it seems they’re not listening | Your sister/best friend/coworker/neighbor discloses to you that he or she is having... read more

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    Barriers to Leaving, Part 5

    The final 10 reasons why a survivor might stay | There are so many misguided beliefs about why survivors stay with an abuser. She loves drama. He just w... read more

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    How Police Are Trained to Respond to Domestic Violence

    The protocols for responding to domestic violence can help survivors know what to expect | Domestic violence has been found to constitute the single larges... read more

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    Barriers to Leaving, Part 4

    No place to go, no job skills and eight other reasons it can be hard to walk away | Psychology Today called Sarah Buel “the country’s sharpest weapon against domest... read more

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    Planning for Pet Safety

    Four steps survivors can take when escaping with their pets | When escaping domestic violence, survivors are often worried about pets’ safety if left with the abuser,... read more

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    Do You Feel Trapped by Your Faith?

    When spirituality and domestic violence cross paths | Some religious communities provide a strong support network for survivors during or after domestic abuse … and... read more

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    Barriers to Leaving, Part 3

    Did any of these prevent you from walking out the door? | Survivors of domestic violence from any and all socioeconomic levels, cultures and genders face valid and ... read more

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    Packing Your Bags

    Contemplating leaving an abusive partner? Here is how to start preparing | If you are not in immediate danger and are considering leaving your abusive partner, there ... read more