Category Archives: Domestic Abuse

Coping with Present Demands and Past Abuse—a Survivor’s Story

By Chrisann Zuerner and Viktoria Stockman | Each day presents its own set of worries and concerns with which we must cope. While we all have means of dealing with and reducing levels of stress, individuals in relationships fraught with domestic … Continue reading

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When and How to Help a Stressed Victim of Domestic Violence

By Viktoria, Advocate | You may have finished reading the story of M, a survivor of domestic violence struggling to deal with her stress. Your reaction is “I want to help!” However, you must be sensitive and aware of the … Continue reading

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A Night At Holiday Lights I Didn’t Expect

By Deborah Jacobi, Associate Director | Not surprisingly, the drizzle on our first Monday night during Holiday Lights wasn’t a big draw.  I trust our 29 cars enjoyed being able to take their time enjoying the Lights.  It was a … Continue reading

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We Blamed Her

By Kristi, Victim Advocate Domestic violence, a crime generally committed behind closed doors, is often shrouded in silence. People may think, “Domestic violence won’t happen to me.” In fact, statistics show it can happen to anyone. Mostly women are the … Continue reading

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Is Drinking and Driving Our Only Concern

By Carol Hopp | Selling or serving alcohol to someone who is or appears intoxicated is illegal in Iowa. But denying someone a beverage is far from easy. Intoxicated people can become intimidating, aggressive, argumentative, and irrational. However, the decision … Continue reading

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Never Hit, But Deeply Harmed — Children and Domestic Violence Part II

By Marcia Bannister | Part II | Tips for Processing and Healing Domestic violence does not have to be a life-long haunting memory for children. Most children that have secure, healthy relationships with caring adults, whether it is their parents, … Continue reading

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Never Hit, But Deeply Harmed — Children and Domestic Violence Part I

By Marcia Bannister | Part I | True Stories from Three Women Domestic abuse greatly affects children who witness the psychological and physical trauma. Numerous resources, including a CNN report in September 2014, indicate that attempts at shielding children from … Continue reading

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What Twitter Taught Me About Domestic Violence

By John Kelly | It took surveillance footage of Ray Rice, a professional football player assaulting his wife in an elevator, for this country to spend more than one news cycle on an issue that affects an estimated one in … Continue reading

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Note from a Domestic Violence Advocate: “God Works in Mysterious Ways”

I wanted to share a client story that happened today because I know you will appreciate it. Before I start though, I have to admit that I woke up this morning feeling overwhelmed and worrying about what the day would … Continue reading

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