Domestic Abuse Does NOT Take a Holiday

November 23, 2020

Joyful gatherings, restful holidays and a peaceful time spent with family… unfortunately, this is frequently not the case for our clients involved in or healing from an abusive relationship with an intimate partner. Often, the abusive partner controls the merriment of the holiday season through varied forms of abuse. An abuser may have completely controlled…

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Domestic Violence and Culture

November 17, 2020

How cultural perspectives impact how we understand domestic violence Culture can seem like such a broad and nuanced concept. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines culture as the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group or the characteristic features of everyday existence (such as diversions or a way of…

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Virtual learning and domestic violence

November 9, 2020

This has been a challenging year for us all; full of uncertainty, change and hardship. For children, their whole worlds have been turned upside down. For children who have been impacted by the trauma of domestic abuse, this time can be even more devastating. The global trauma of the pandemic of COVID-19 can compound the…

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The Impact of Trauma on Children

The Impact of Trauma on Children

July 6, 2020

Each year, five million children witness domestic violence in the United States. Although children are affected by domestic violence, there are ways in which the adults in their lives can help them. Oftentimes, people are under the assumption that children are not impacted by things that happen during their childhood. While people frequently make comments…

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Responding to Domestic Violence in Rural Texas

June 29, 2020

Intimate partner violence takes a staggering toll on Texans. One in three Texas women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, which is higher than the national average of one in four. This sobering statistic is even more troublesome when we consider that over three million people—more people than the population of 20 other states—live…

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Father's Day & Domestic Violence

Father’s Day & Domestic Violence

June 21, 2020

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about domestic violence. One of these myths, that abused children grow up to be abusers themselves, I know to be false from my experience growing up with a survivor of domestic violence. From a very young age, I knew that my father grew up in a house…

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Processing Trauma

Processing Trauma

June 15, 2020

When a person wants to start therapy, we always start off by asking what their therapy goals are. Why do they want therapy and what are they hoping to gain from attending therapy? Most people respond by saying they want to feel better. For trauma therapy specifically, the client wants to feel relief from the…

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Movement as Therapy

June 8, 2020

Ever picked up a crying baby? Ever instinctively started to rock, pat or bounce the baby as a way to soothe? If you have, you may not have known it, but you were using scientifically proven, developmentally sensitive techniques to soothe, comfort and calm the child and maybe even yourself. Dr. Bruce Perry is a…

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Meet the team: the Outreach office manager

June 1, 2020

Do you ever wonder who answers the phone when you call, or what face you might see when you come to our Outreach office for the first time? Meet Sarah, the office manager at our Outreach location on Lemmon Avenue! What can one expect when calling or visiting our outreach office? We are so happy…

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Being Trauma Informed in a COVID-19 World

Being Trauma Informed in a COVID-19 World

May 25, 2020

A few weeks ago as I was getting out of my car and walking into my office at our shelter, as usual, I smiled at our landscaping crew working hard outside. I was met with neutral faces. I quickly realized that I was wearing sunglasses and a mask. Of course, they could not see my…

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Intersectionality

Intersectionality and domestic violence

May 18, 2020

Domestic violence does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion or socioeconomic status. While domestic violence impacts the lives of all women of all backgrounds, society does not treat all victims of abuse equally. Social biases influence how society perceives survivors of domestic violence, and stereotypes often create barriers for care and assistance. This…

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Why don't domestic violence victims call the police

Why Didn’t She Call Police?

May 11, 2020

One of the questions that is often posed in regard to a woman experiencing domestic violence is why didn’t she contact law enforcement when she was experiencing the abuse? The assumption is it must have not been so bad if it was not worth contacting law enforcement, but the truth is there are many reasons…

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Child Abuse Prevention Month & Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 30, 2020

Even during difficult times, it’s important to remember and stand up for those who are most vulnerable. April is designated as National Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and though victims and survivors of abuse should have the support they need all year long, the month-long observance brings attention and awareness to issues…

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