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Abby, Volunteer of the Month (February)

Abby’s energy, enthusiasm, and willingness to pitch in were enormous assets. Thank you, Abby!

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Guiding Today’s Preteens and Teens Towards Healthy Romantic Relationships

By Jessica Skultety, Community Outreach Associate

Simply put, abuse is a pattern of behaviors used to gain power and control over another person in a dating relationship. It can take on many forms, including physical, emotional, sexual, financial, verbal, digital, and stalking.

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For Immigrant Women, Domestic Violence Creates a Double Threat

When Samuel asked Karla to move to the US a few months into their relationship, she thought it was a great idea.

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Domestic Violence in the LGBTQ Community

Those who identify as a part of the LGBTQ community are at an increased risk of abuse within their lifetime as compared to heterosexual, cisgender peers

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Forced Marriage: A Basic Human Rights Violation

All over the world, including the United States, millions of women and young girls (and men) are coerced, pressured, tricked, and threatened into a marriage against their will.

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Domestic Abuse Doesn’t Take a Holiday

By Lauren Guzzo

The patterns of domestic abuse whether one is in or out of the relationship can make the holidays a lonely, difficult time.

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

By: Ana Diaz, MA – Director of Programs

As National Hispanic Heritage Month approaches it is important to recognize and honor the richness and contributions of the Hispanic culture. It is also necessary to reflect on issues that affect the community and its members

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The Long-Term Effects of Childhood Trauma

By Nancy Baldwin, MSW, LSW, Children’s Counselor

Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, help shape their health and well-being as children grow into adults. 

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How Trauma changes the Brain

By Veronica Holbrook, MA, MFT Bilingual Counselor

Understanding the impact of trauma on the brain is essential to understanding the experience of victims of domestic violence. Victims of domestic violence experience their world in a different manner after being subjected to trauma.

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Pride Month

Honoring the strength and resilience of the LGBTQ community this month and every day of the year.

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Warning signs at work

How to Tell if a Coworker is Facing Abuse at Home

If you think a coworker may be being abused by her partner, it’s important to reach out—in a nonconfrontational, caring way—or raise your concern to your employer’s human resources department. You might be the only one who does.

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Scratching the Surface — Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence

Are domestic violence laws working in the US?

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When It’s Not Sex

Safe+Sound Somerset explores how language can impact society’s view of violence, murder and rape. We welcome your comments and questions. 

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When Temperatures Rise

This is only my second blog relating to domestic abuse; and while it will be brief, it’s taken me two days and many reeling thoughts to sit and write it. As I sit here now, in my office at 8pm on a Friday night, with a knot in my stomach, my phone buzzes with a message from my father that reads, “And now one happens in Georgia.” I knew he was referring to another murder.

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US Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Firearms for Domestic Abusers

The US Supreme Court voted 6-2 this week to uphold a federal gun control statute that bans gun ownership for domestic abusers. 

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Am I Being Abused?

It can be difficult to acknowledge that you, or someone you care about, is involved in an abusive relationship. Domestic Violence does not look the same in all relationships; however, there are some warning signs that may indicate you are in an unhealthy relationship.

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Safe Dating Strategies

Statistics show that one in three teenagers has experienced violence in a dating relationship. In dating violence, one partner tries to maintain power and control over the other through some kind of abuse.

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How an Abuser Can Track Your Online Activities

If an abuser has access to your email account, he or she may be able to read your incoming and outgoing mail. Even if you believe your account is secure, make sure you choose a password he or she will not be able to guess.

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