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We also want to highlight the smaller, more local organizations that may not get a lot of coverage otherwise.
Sent in from valued contributor (super valued, she’s provided tremendous support and we can’t thank her enough) Kate:
The Women’s Resource Center has been operating in Lackawanna County since 1975, first with volunteers only and currently enhancing the volunteer efforts with a paid staff. They have a 24 hour phone hotline and in-person counseling during business hours. Advocates accompany survivors to legal proceedings, medical appointments, police interviews, and other appointments as requested. They provide safe housing in a confidential location for program participants who are in immediate danger or in a potentially lethal situation due to domestic and/or sexual violence.
They have a special exhibit of the damage of domestic violence as a tribute to victims. It is called:
Women in the World Summit March 14, 2011Posted by Syd in Women Who Rock.
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Eleanor Roosevelt once said “The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it.”
While admittedly the last few posts have been a little more grim, we wanted to also highlight some of the positive events in the women’s movement recently. Because there are some pretty kick-ass women out there!
The Women in the World Summit took place between March 10 and March 12th. The Daily Beast has a list of truly remarkable stories from the event. Check out the interactive list of 150 Women Who Shake the World. (more…)
Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence March 14, 2011Posted by Syd in Domestic Abuse, Substance Abuse.
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As Ruth’s story below illustrates, domestic violence can often occur in relationships where there is existing substance abuse.
This does not mean that violence in the relationship is caused by the substance abuse, or that all drug or alcohol abusers are violent. One does not cause the other. However, if the predisposition to violence already exists, the drug or alcohol use often makes it easier to act on those impulses because it is easy to blame the lack of impulse control on the substance.
Survivors of Domestic Abuse – Personal Stories March 14, 2011Posted by Syd in Domestic Abuse, Personal Stories, Substance Abuse, Teenage Relationships.
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From time to time here on the blog, we’ll be posting the personal stories of domestic violence survivors. These stories are no doubt difficult to share, and they are equally difficult to read, but it’s important that they are read.
We thank everyone who has been brave enough to submit stories so far and welcome further submissions.
“I was pretty stupid when I was 17. I dated a guy that was an alcoholic and drug addict. He was a friend of my sisters and I knew when I started spending time with him that he drunk a lot, but I didn’t know what kind of guy he was when he had too much to drink. (more…)