Domestic violence victims in the United States lose 8 million paid work days every year, and apparently, those who hold jobs have a bigger chance of being abused in the first place. More
A terrifying number of women in Italy have been murdered this year alone by their past or present partners. In a culture where aggressive overzealousness is seen as acceptable and even “romantic,” how can we change this? More
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month–an epidemic that one in four women will experience in her lifetime and as many as 1.3 million women experience this year. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), this abuse is defined as ”the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another.” It happens to ages, economic statuses, religions and races, and both women and men are often good at covering it up. That’s why it’s important to know the warning signs to help a friend or relative who may be dealing with this at home. More
This Sunday, Oprah Winfrey will share her highly-anticipated interview with Rihanna on OWN. One of the most interesting–and disturbing–highlights of this show includes Ri-Ri talking about Chris Brown (who is apparently back in her life), the abuse she suffered and how she wants all of us to believe he is not the monster everyone made him out to be. Right. More
Today we have yet another man who is oh so sensitive and compassionate towards women. Wisconsin legislator, Don Pridemore has made it known that he is against divorce under all circumstances—even when women are victims of spousal abuse. Stay married, he says and remember the good times. What’s worse, he blames women for the rising rates of divorce in this country and the increase in child abuse. More
I knew we needed to end things. He was never there for me. I’d come home after a long day at work, wanting nothing more than a glass (well, a bottle really) of wine, a couch, and some of his sweet loving, and he’d give me nothing but grief.
“He” was my cable TV provider. (I’ll let him remain anonymous, but let’s just say his initials are TWC and he’s sort of a big deal.) We were together for just over two years (at least in our last incarnation, but you know, there were several more years of “on and off” stuff before that). There were good times (many of them having to do with Bravo or Tina Fey), but there were bad times too. Oh, were there bad times.
“I just can’t take this anymore,” I tipsily told a customer service representative one night. There I was, wanting nothing more than to erase my workday with some Viognier and Top Chef, but it wasn’t working. The sound popped in and out of the recording, rendering it tragically unwatchable. More
Abused Moms More Likely to Have Obese Children: Kids of women who reported chronic abuse by a partner were more likely to be obese by the age of 5 than children from violence-free environments, researchers say. (via ABC)