Domestic Violence Awareness Month

by Hannah Joyce

October is commonly known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it is also the home of Domestic Violence Awareness Month as well.

“On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.” There are a lot of people who are experiencing domestic violence in society today whether it is physical, emotional, or mental.


Why is that there is not more of a push to raise awareness around the issue of this terrible violence?

Lots of people experiencing domestic violence might not even realize what it is happening. 

Why is this?

  • All they know is abuse.
  • Simply do not understand what domestic violence is.

Educating men and women on what a healthy relationship is the key of respecting and love someone.

Why do you think abusers cut contact off from the world?

It is a form of control, but we can get ahead of this by teaching from the young age what domestic violence is, and what a healthy relationship looks like.

Preventing domestic violence

Teaching women …

…that they are equal to their male counterparts.

…that they have a voice and that their voice matters.

…to be confident in who they are.

…the warning signs of a bad relationship.

Advocacy for people who do not have a voice, sharing your knowledge of domestic violence, and resources could save a person’s life. Get involved in your local community in the fight against domestic violence.

If you need help, contact the local coalition in your state,

Click the link below to find the one near you.

State Coalitions – Provides Services to victims of domestic violence as well as raising awareness

How to get involved

Take Action


Information in Article from

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Image source: https://jasonirby.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/join-jason-irby-for-domestic-violence-observance-event-on-october-21-2017/


via Domestic Violence Awareness: Drug and Substance Abuse — The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel

Domestic violence is on the rise… with drug and substance abuse leading the way… for many abusers are under the influence… when victims are injured every day. For the pain of addictions… extends from the users to their victims… whether in domestic violence or wrecks… or even newborns with withdrawal symptoms.

via Domestic Violence Awareness: Drug and Substance Abuse — The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel

The Link Between Natural Disasters and an Increase in Domestic Violence — The Spatz Law Firm Blog

With hurricane season in full force, we are reminded of the vulnerabilities we have as a community going into and recovering from a storm. With loss of power, impassable roads, and structural damage resulting from a natural disaster, everyone in the affected areas can be stressed-out and on edge. Unfortunately for victims of domestic violence, […]

via The Link Between Natural Disasters and an Increase in Domestic Violence — The Spatz Law Firm Blog


Domestic Violence – SEEK HELP!

untitledDomestic violence can include and is not limited to:

  • *Physical violence:  Hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, slapping, throwing objects, battery
  • *Emotional abuse: Name calling and threats
  • *Financial abuse: Preventing access to bank accounts, credit cards or other financial resources
  • *Sexual abuse: Any forced sexual activity
  • *Spiritual abuse: Keeping someone from going to a place of worship or using scriptures to justify abuse.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yd5uocrx


In the US: Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE).

In Canada: Visit ShelterSafe to find the helpline of a women’s shelter near you.

In the UK: Call Women’s Aid UK at 0808 2000 247.

Worldwide: Visit International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies for a global list of helplines and crisis centers.


Domestic Abuse Awareness

IMG_7370Domestic Abuse is a subject that is largely ignored by mainstream media, given that three women are murdered every day in the US by their current and former partners, according to the Domestic Abuse Shelter.Some statistics show that as many as 4,000 women per year die from domestic violence around the world.

In a statement on last year’s National Domestic Violence Awareness month, former US President Barack Obama said it is everyone’s responsibility to speak out against domestic violence, and to not forget all the women

who may receive abuse – including older women, women with disabilities, LGBT members and native and indigenous women.

“Our nation’s character is tested whenever this injustice is tolerated,” he said. in a country where one in four women and one in seven men experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, there remains much work to be done.


In the US: Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE).
In Canada: Visit ShelterSafe to find the helpline of a women’s shelter near you.

UK: Call Women’s Aid UK at 0808 2000 247. Worldwide: visit International Directory of
Domestic Violence Agencies for a global list of helplines and crisis centers.

Pic by @eris.ara


by Mariana Laviaguerre


If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, or if you are a child who is being maltreated, contact your local child protective services office or law enforcement agency so professionals can assess the situation. Many States have a toll-free number to call to report suspected child abuse or neglect. To find out where to call, visit childwelfare.gov

Childhelp® is a national organization that provides crisis assistance and other counseling and referral services. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline external links staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with professional crisis counselors who have access to a database of 55,000 emergencies, social service, and support resources. All calls are anonymous.

Domestic Violence Burn Victim Speaks Out—Trigger Warning — The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel

As I have read today about this case of domestic violence, my heart truly goes out to this brave burn victim who has a message for all women from her hospital bed. She wants all to know that verbal abuse leads to physical abuse and if in an abusive relationship, to get out. What this […]

via Domestic Violence Burn Victim Speaks Out—Trigger Warning — The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel

#wearethesame Urging to place women’s empowerment


We Are All The Same Project ideas started with my sketchbook, #weareathesame, that I made for The Sketchbook Project organized by the Brooklyn Art Library.

#weareallthesame is a piece that tries to translate the pain and the blood of every single woman who is suffering from sexual exploitation and domestic violence. Every person who touches this book is literally going to be marked. I hope that attention-getting effect pushes each individual to speak out about these issues.

I witnessed domestic violence in my family, and it is very challenging to talk about it. The victims and the aggressors of my life were people that I love and I loved (passed away). In summary, the internal mental and emotional scars are going to be carried with me for my entire life; these memories are translated to people around me thru my speech and anxiety. Speaking out thru art and media is fighting against domestic violence and human trafficking.** It is also an urging to place gender equality and women’s empowerment paramount within our society.


Every time that I meet my friends from college, they remind me how crazy I was for reporting illegal transsexual prostitution, writing about drug trafficking, and dreaming about covering national and international wars. The dream never happened. I believe that my choices were for the best in order to heal various personal issues.

However, an outstanding opportunity to be working for the research department of Half the Sky a few years ago made my urge of speaking out about society issues awaken even further. Working for only six months, I had the opportunity to speak with people from different cultures and classes who were trafficked, who suffered all kinds of abuse at home and on the street. So many stories were told to me, and so deeply moved me, that I decided to do my own research after I finished that project. My friends from college, and I, applied for a different fund in Brazil to report stories of women that were forced into slavery in the sex tourism industry, girls who were trafficked into Spain and many more sad stories of kids who are sexually abused by their parents by the age of 5.

Shocked, by how some people can be so cruel, combined with my own experiences of witnessing domestic violence, made me create this project to speak up about the abuses, but those negative actions also promoted the gender equality and women’s empowerment I am driven to make a reality now! My personal goal is to study deeply how race, sexual inequality, history, women’s behaviors and combined projects are the sequential result of an abusive society.

Click here to see more pictures of my sketchbook:

Unedited Story of Melissa

December 10, 2015

by Melissa

A year ago today I woke up for the first time in awhile feeling happy. Night prior he packed his things, we went and turned in his key and this morning he left. Why did I think it would go that smoothly I don’t know. 3hrs after I got to work the messages started pouring in “your this ..” “your worthless” “how you put me out like this”. Mind you this was for all purposes a grown 37 year old man. I still can’t say I was shocked at what I found when I got home that night. My son and I got home around 7 because my car was in the shop so we had to take the train around. Opened the door and it looked like a truck ran thru my apartment. Furniture flipped over cut ripped and destroyed, all my clothes cut into pieces.


Realized that the only clothing I owned was the tee shirt and skirt I was wearing. Christmas items stolen, my sons electronics gone. Pure craziness. That’s what the cop said when he arrived “What kind of person would do something like this.” A narcissist that’s who! There was nothing the cops could do because both our names were on the lease even though keys had been turned in. And come to find out he did turn in A key but obviously had a copy.


I thank God for family and friends that helped me pick up the pieces. He never came back, well at least not the times I was there packing up what little was left. I tried filling an EPO but of course nothing in the messages or emails I saved were really life threatening. I attempted to go thru with pressing charges on an old domestic violence incident, the first time he beat me. I was past the statute of limitations. I was stuck. He was really going to get away with everything and I had no one to blame but myself.  I should of went thru with pressing charges the first time. Maybe things would of turned out differently. But honestly I can’t play with shoulda, woulda, coulda game. 

I’m blessed regardless. 

I was able to get out. Those things he took from me were just that..things! Replaceable. My life and sons life aren’t. 

A year later I’m in a better mind set. I’m able to talk about it, something I never thought I’d do. I always thought it’d be my secret. But who does that help? Not me and certainly not someone who maybe going thru it. I’m happy, I’m in love with a great man. 

I can say I have forgiven my ex. It wasn’t easy. But I had to do it for me! 

My prayer is that by me sharing my story I’m able to help someone. So if you know someone in similar situation share these posts with them. Most importantly don’t tell them what they should do just be available and ready to help when they’re ready. 

Brazil’s Problem: Violence Against Women — Girls’ Globe

I am Brazilian and the facts listed below break my heart.

  • According to the UN, Brazil has the 5th highest index of femicides in the world.
  • According to PRI, “the number of women killed in homicides in Brazil keeps on increasing”
  • Also according to PRI, this number is higher among black women, which highlights racial discrimination issues that also plague Brazil.
  • According to the Mapa da Violência 2015 (“Map of Violence 2015”), the main source of data and information on the topic in the country, there are 13 femicides every day in Brazil.

Read the complete article below.

The movement #NiUnaMenos started in Argentina, but its message and impact has crossed the borders of the country and is now the voice of all Latin America protesting violence against women. On November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women established by the United Nations, women marched in Rio de Janeiro, São […]

via Brazil’s Problem: Violence Against Women — Girls’ Globe