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Jan 312015

I ran across an article recently about a couple who were afraid of their sixteen year old daughter. Ann and Mike describe their existence as parents to 16-year-old Kristi as a living nightmare. “I’m afraid of Kristi when she gets violent,” says Ann, pointing out that Kristi has bashed doors, thrown objects, has spit on […]

Oct 212014

Today,Tues 21 October, Oscar Pistorius received a five year jail sentence for the culpable homicide of his late girlfriend,  model and law graduate, Reeva Steenkamp.  Pistorius was controversially acquitted of Steenkamp’s murder on 14 February 2014 at his Pretoria, SA, home. He was convicted of her “culpable homicide.” Oscar’s trial has attracted international coverage and […]

Sep 282014

October is “National Domestic Violence Awareness” month here in the US. One of the best blogs I have seen on this subject is “Time’s up” and here is a link to an article recently published on that blog that addresses both emotional and physical violence and abuse as well as personality disorders contributing to abuse […]

Sep 102014

A recent media flap over an NFL player who knocked his fiance, now wife, unconscious, then dragged her out of an elevator has brought about a media storm when the NFL, after seeing the video of this banned the player for “life” (which really may NOT be “for life” as there  is now talk ab […]

Mar 292014
Anger management classes don't work

Our courts frequently sentence those convicted of domestic violence or anger management “classes.” Here is an article from the Huff/Post in which a man who was a repeat offender for domestic violence who struck his girl friend with his “anger management work book” Of course at first glance this appears almost funny. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/26/tyler-ford-anger-management_n_5035171.html?utm_hp_ref=crime A man […]

Feb 112014
Protecting children from abuse

There’s a case in the news right now about a 60 year old pediatrician who was accused of “waterboarding” his 12 year old step daughter (among other abuses) under the guise of “washing her hair.”http://www.npr.org/2007/11/03/15886834/waterboarding-a-tortured-history A former Delaware pediatrician defended himself in court yesterday where he’s accused of waterboarding his longtime companion’s daughter by holding […]

Oct 272013

It is well known among social workers and police that a woman’s risk of violence from a partner, including death, increases at the time she breaks up with him. (I am using “him” here, but this applies to both sexes.) A heart breaking case of such violence is Lauren Ashley, a bubbly 18 year old […]

Oct 152013

If someone says “I’m a victim of abuse” our current social  thinking seems to be, “that means it is true,” but the truth is, that many offenders mask themselves as “victims” who are only “defending themselves.” The wife who kills her husband, who she says is abusive, or the girl who gets pregnant and screams […]

Aug 222013
The Trauma Bond

People frequently ask “why does she stay with him when he beats her up? Why doesn’t she just leave?” On the surface it seems so easy, just leave. Get a restraining order. Prosecute him. Get away and stay away from him. Unfortunately, there is an emotional condition called “Stockholm Syndrome” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_syndrome  or “trauma bond” http://www.abuseandrelationships.org/Content/Survivors/trauma_bonding.html  […]

Aug 182013

  5 And he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me. 6 But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew […]

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