Barriers to Leaving

Barriers to Leaving

People experiencing domestic violence often report many barriers to leaving. With this thought in mind, barriers are put into layers and expanded upon within these layers. The diagram helps to understand the barriers better. Understanding these barriers helps to...
Warning Signs of Abuse

Warning Signs of Abuse

Many of the signs we are taught to interpret as caring, attentive, and romantic are actually early warning signs for future abuse. Review the list of warning signs below.   Please call The Shelter at 800-931-7233 if you or someone you know needs help. In an Emergency...
Addressing the Substance Abuse Myth

Addressing the Substance Abuse Myth

A dangerous but common belief is the substance abuse myth, that substance abuse such as; alcohol and other drugs cause intimate partner violence. This is dangerous for many reasons including the impacts it has on abusers, survivors, and society. It is important to...
Situations to Intervene

Situations to Intervene

Deciding to take action in situations is not easy, and we often have the thought, “it’s not my problem” but even if it isn’t directly your problem a person is being hurt by another person and that is a problem. Bystander intervention is not about getting in a...
How-To: Support a Survivor of Abuse

How-To: Support a Survivor of Abuse

In order to be an effective bystander, it is very important to understand how to provide support to a survivor of abuse. If given proper support, the survivor will have an easier time coming forward to report the abuse. Not giving proper support can be dangerous...
Life with Anxiety

Life with Anxiety

Stressful and traumatic events such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking can lead to anxiety disorders. However, it is important to understand that if you suffer from an anxiety disorder, you are not alone and there are treatment options. Contact The...
Life With Depression

Life With Depression

Trauma, such as, abuse, is one of the leading causes of depression next to; genetics, life circumstances, brain structure, and other medical conditions. The National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America have compiled a brief discussion on depression...