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Moms deserve more – including equal pay

The motherhood penalty is the cost a woman bears when she decides to have a child, and it is punishing.

Kanye’s behavior toward Kim is abuse, not entertainment

In February 2021, as a pandemic-weary public caught wind of the split between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, folks mostly seemed to view it as celebrity “clickbait.” An interesting distraction along with all the other Hollywood breakups and gossip meant to keep us “liking,” re-tweeting, and scrolling.  Fast-forward one year, their split has escalated from […]

SOS: Seeking help in a virtual world

Morse code, upside-down flags, and words like Mayday are just a few of the ways we have learned to signal for help when something goes wrong. In a growing virtual world, distress signals for those experiencing domestic violence have become common, with new strategies for those in need of support consistently being shared on social […]

Why don’t they just leave: Examining 8 barriers that exist for survivors

If you take one look at Celeste Wright’s life, it’s easy to feel envious.   She has a house overlooking the ocean. She has a stunning husband. She has adorable twin boys. She’s had a successful career that she can step away from, while still having financial success.  It’s the dream life.  At least, that’s how it appears.  Welcome to Monterey, Calif., a predominantly white, upper-class quaint beach town. It’s where Celeste calls […]

Britney Spears’ conservatorship reveals many common tactics of abuse

Activation Warning: This blog contains descriptions of abuse, which may be difficult to read.  Britney Spears is no stranger to the limelight. After all, she’s been a public figure in some form or fashion since she was an 11-year-old mouseketeer on the Mickey Mouse Club. But her explosion into the public eye really began on September 28, 1998, with […]

The Underlying Impact of Financial Abuse

Domestic violence is more than just physical violence. That’s a part of it, yes, but there are many forms of abuse that are examples of domestic violence. One of the most prominent forms of abuse is financial abuse, which is present in nearly 98 percent of abusive relationships. Financial abuse is when one intimate partner […]

Stalking Isn’t Romantic

This blog was updated on December 14 after the release of the third season of “You.” Pop culture misses the serious reality Heading into late 2018, if you asked someone if they knew who Penn Badgley was, they were likely to reference his character Dan Humphrey in the CW series “Gossip Girl.” But that all changed once […]

Giving Tuesday: A chance to make a difference

December is the season for giving, and after the tumultuous year that 2020 was, there are many who are in need of cheer and, most importantly, help.

Funding at the forefront for domestic violence survivors

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought multiple challenges for people throughout the world. For domestic violence survivors, the pandemic brought an additional challenge, as cases of domestic violence and intimate partner violence have risen while staying at home and socially distancing.

Rise of IPV presents additional COVID challenge

Intimate partner violence-related (IPV) homicides in the U.S. have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study from Equal Justice Initiative.