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    Violence Against Women

    Violence Against Women
    Violence and abuse affect women from all kinds of backgrounds every day. Sometimes, women are attacked by strangers, but most often they are hurt by people who are close to them. Violence and abuse can cause terrible physical and emotional pain. But you are not alone, and you can get help.
    Get help – If you have been hurt by someone you know or love, or have been attacked by a stranger, you are not alone. Find hotlines and suggestions that can help.


    National Domestic Violence - The Hotline
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    To those who wish to post, please keep CONFIDENTIALITY as a priority....don't post anything that will harm you. SAFETY is #1 priority.
    IF YOU ARE IN AN ABUSIVE SITUATION, I URGE YOU TO SEEK HELP.
    1-800-799-SAFE [7233]
    http://www.thehotline.org/
    PLEASE CLEAR THE HISTORY ON YOUR COMPUTER IF YOU ARE SHARING A COMPUTER WITH YOUR ABUSER.
    IF YOU ARE UNCOMFORTABLE POSTING, PLEASE DON'T. ALSO, IF YOU NEED HELP AND ARE UNCOMFORTABLE OR AFRAID TO POST PLEASE CONTACT A MOD.
    THERE IS HELP OUT THERE.
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    Relationship Abuse Awareness

    Thank you BritsKate & Jacie Estes for all of your valuable info!

    Center for relationship abuse awareness
    Many survivors find that emotional abuse is difficult to name or even talk about. They often wonder if it is serious because you cannot see it, like bruises or broken bones. Emotionally abused survivors state that one of the biggest problems they face is that others seldom take it seriously. These questions will help you identify if you are being emotionally abused, and provide some ideas on available support and resources.
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    Relationship Abuse Awareness

    Emotional Abuse

    a definition of verbal abuse
    - You understand their feelings, but they never attempt to understand yours;
    - They dismiss your difficulties or issues as unimportant or an overreaction;
    - They do not listen to you;
    - They always put their needs before yours;
    - They expect you to perform tasks that you find unpleasant or humiliating;
    - You "walk on eggshells" in an effort not to upset them;
    - They ignore logic and prefer amateur theatrics in order to remain the centre of attention;
    - Instead manipulate you into feeling guilty for things that have nothing to do with you;
    - They attempt to destroy any outside support you receive by belittling the people/ service/practice in an attempt to retain exclusive control over your emotions;
    - They never take responsibility for hurting others;
    - They blame everyone and everything else for any unfortunate events in their lives;
    - They perceive themselves as martyrs or victims and constantly expect preferential treatment.
    Copyright 2006 Abuse List.
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    Relationship Abuse Awareness

    Center For Relationship Abuse Awareness

    What is Relationship Abuse?
    Relationship Abuse is a pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors used to maintain power and control over a former or current intimate partner. An abusive relationship means more than being hit by the person who claims to love or care about you. Abuse can be emotional, psychological, financial, sexual or physical and can include threats, isolation, and intimidation. Abuse tends to escalate over time. When someone uses abuse and violence against a partner, it is always part of a larger pattern to try to control her/him.
    It is not your fault
    If you are being abused by your partner, you may feel confused, afraid, angry and/or trapped. All of these emotions are normal responses to abuse. You may also blame yourself for what is happening. But no matter what others might say, you are never responsible for your partner's abusive actions. Dating abuse is not caused by alcohol or drugs, stress, anger management, or provacation. It is always a choice to be abusive.
    * Content courtesy of the Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness, www.stoprelationshipabuse.org
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    Domestic Violence and Abuse Help Guide
    Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of size, gender, or strength, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical. Emotional abuse is often minimized, yet it can leave deep and lasting scars.
    Noticing and acknowledging the warning signs and symptoms of domestic violence and abuse is the first step to ending it. No one should live in fear of the person they love. If you recognize yourself or someone you know in the following warning signs and descriptions of abuse, don’t hesitate to reach out. There is help available.

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    Relationship Abuse Awareness

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    Emotional Abuse
    is a consistent pattern of behavior which results in the eventual demolition of another person's identity and healthy psychological, emotional and physical well-being.
    Emotional abuse includes a variety of controlling tactics, together with manipulative techniques and strategies.

    PAVE educates on emotional abuse for awareness month
    The term “domestic violence” tends to bring up sharp images of physical and sexual assault. Granted, these are severe and frighteningly common tragedies (1 in 4 women experience rape or attempted rape during college), but the term doesn’t necessitate physicality. The problem is far more wide-ranging and covert than outright assault, and in the face of the most horrible cases of sexual violence, this fact is sometimes overlooked. Often, domestic violence takes on a more subtle or psychological form: Emotional abuse.

    Every couple fights, and everyone has moments they regret. What distinguishes abuse from occasional mistakes is the repetition of the hurtful behavior. Ignoring someone once is one thing; ignoring someone on a regular basis to deliberately sabotage their self-respect is completely another.

    Essentially, emotional abuse is the systematic use of emotional tactics to psychologically tear someone apart.
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    20 reasons why she stays
    A Guide for Those Who Want to Help Battered Women
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    Laws on violence against women
    The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was the first major law to help government agencies and victim advocates work together to fight domestic violence, sexual assault, and other types of violence against women. It created new punishments for certain crimes and started programs to prevent violence and help victims. Over the years, the law has been expanded to provide more programs and services. Currently, some included items are:
    •Violence prevention programs in communities
    •Protections for victims who are evicted from their homes because of events related to domestic violence or stalking
    •Funding for victim assistance services like rape crisis centers and hotlines
    •Programs to meet the needs of immigrant women and women of different races or ethnicities
    •Programs and services for victims with disabilities
    •Legal aid for survivors of violence
    •Services for children and teens
    The National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women works to help promote the goals and vision of VAWA. The committee is a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Examples of the committee's efforts include the Community Checklist initiative to make sure each community has domestic violence programs and the Toolkit to End Violence Against Women, which has chapters for specific audiences.

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    Resources for Victims-American Indian

    Thank you again Jacie Estes!

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    Indian Health Service: 301-443-2038 www.ihs.gov

    Futures Without Violence: 415-678-5500 www.futureswithoutviolence.org

    National Domestic Violence Hot Line: 800-799-7233 www.thehotline.org

    Project Connect: 603-539-7257 projectconnect.org

    Violence Against Indian Women resources: 323-650-5467 (California); 651-644-1125 (Minnesota) www.tribal-institute.org/lists/vaiw.htm

    Regional
    American Indians Against Abuse (11 Wisconsin Tribes): 888-330-7402 aiaainc.org

    Blackfeet Domestic Violence Program: 406-338-2409 (NO WEBSITE)

    Sacred Circle (Rapid City, South Dakota): 605-341-2050 www.sacred-circle.com

    Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Children and Family Services: 800-522-6170 www.choctawfamilyservices.com

    Comanche Nation Prevention & Recovery Center: 580-357-3449
    Mending the Sacred Hoop (Duluth, Minnesota): 888-305-1650 mshoop.org

    Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: 800-522-7233 www.ocadvsa.org

    Poarch Band of Creek Indians Domestic Violence Program: 251-368-9136 http://www.poarchcreekindians.org/xh...y_services.htm

    Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation Family Violence Prevention: 785-966-8330 www.pbpindiantribe.com/social-services.aspx

    Pueblo, Colorado Community Domestic Violence Task Force: 719-545-8195 www.domesticviolenceptf.com

    Red Lake Women’s Shelter (Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians): 218-679-3444 www.equaywomenshelter.com

    Tohono O’odham Nation Domestic Violence Program: 866-666-4889 (NO WEBSITE)

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    Women, Domestic Violence, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    This report was produced with the help of a 1999 contract from the California State University Faculty
    Research Fellows Program for the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. This program
    is under the direction of Professor Robert Wassmer, Center for California Studies, California State
    University at Sacramento. Visit our web page at http://www.csus.edu/indiv/w/wassmerr/facfelou.htm .
    Kurt Schuppara and Lynelle Jolley, of the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, were
    instrumental in the formulation of this report.
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    Thank you Jacie!


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    Internet Safety

    Internet Safety
    On every page of this website, there is a button that says ‘Exit this site NOW’. Click on this button if anyone (particularly your abuser) enters the room while you are using this website. It will close this website and redirect your browser to a neutral web page.
    Abusers often use ways of controlling or monitoring their victim’s actions, which can include their online activities. Internet browsers generally record the websites that an Internet user has visited, and ‘spyware’ and ‘keylogging’ programs can allow a computer user’s actions to be tracked without them being aware of it.
    If you are in an abusive relationship, there are some precautions that you should take when using the Internet.

    Domestic Violence - Hi Tech Spousal Abuse
    The U.S. Office on Violence against Women (OVW) defines domestic violence as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can take many forms, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional, economic, and psychological abuse.
    This article is gender neutral; clearly both men and women can be victims of domestic violence and abusive behavior.
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    Help for Abused and Battered Women
    Getting out of an abusive or violent relationship isn’t easy. Maybe you’re still hoping that things will change. Maybe you’re afraid of what your partner will do if he discovers you’re trying to leave. Whatever your reasons, you probably feel trapped and helpless.
    But even though leaving an abusive relationship can be frightening, the risks of staying are too great. The good news is that there are many resources available for abused and battered women, including hotlines you can call for advice; shelters where you can stay; even job training, legal services, and childcare. You deserve to live free of fear. You can make that happen by taking steps to protect yourself and reaching out for help. Don’t wait!



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