Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Abuse kills. Did you know that more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners in the United States every day?

What can we do about it?

Those who read this blog because they are recovering from abuse can share their story with others. You don't have to say much. Just acknowledging that you are a former victim will have an impact. Over the years women and men have approached me after church, outside my children's school, and after writing meetings to discuss their personal abuse situations. You don't have to be an expert to help by sharing your heart, any wisdom you've gained, and any hope that has carried you through to where you are today.

As a survivor you can also be prepared. You can have your local shelter's phone number and the national domestic violence hotline phone number (1-800-799-SAFE/7233) handy on your refrigerator and in your wallet to share with others.

If you are able, consider giving donations of time, clothing, or money to your local domestic violence shelter.

Each of us can make a difference.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Tanya, good job on your site and in this article. Jesus IS The Great Physician! I love the title (and design) of your blog. It's very creative, and it drives home your point very adeptly. God bless you, honey.

Recommended Books

  • 10 Lifesaving Principles for Women in Difficult Marriages by Karla Downing
  • A Way of Hope by Leslie J. Barner
  • Angry Men and the Women Who Love Them by Paul Hegstrom
  • Battered But Not Broken by Patricia Riddle Gaddis
  • Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
  • Bradshaw on the Family by John Bradshaw
  • Caring Enough to Forgive/Not Forgive by David Augsburger
  • Codependent No More by Melody Beattie
  • Healing the Wounded Heart by Dr. Dan B. Allendar
  • Keeping the Faith: Questions and Answers for the Abused Woman by Marie M. Fortune
  • Perfect Daughters by Robert J. Ackerman, Ph.D.
  • Recovery: A Guide for Adult Children of Alcoholics by Herbert L. Gravitz and Julie D. Bowden
  • Safe People by Dr Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
  • Slay Your Own Dragons by Nancy Good
  • The Cinderella Syndrome by Lee Ezell
  • The Dance of Anger by Harriet Goldhor Lerner, Ph.D.
  • The Search for Significance by Robert S. McGee
  • Turning Fear to Hope by Holly Wagner Green
  • When Violence Comes Home: Help for Victims of Spouse Abuse by Tim Jackson and Jeff Olson
  • Why Does He Do That? by Lundy Bancroft