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Breaking the Cycle of Teen Dating Violence

5-31-24  |  Published by: https://www.domesticshelters.org

In late 2006, Phoenix, Ariz., high school student Kaitlyn Marie Sudberry, known to friends and family as Kaity, began dating a young man. For six months or so the relationship seemed healthy. But over time he became jealous and possessive, accusing her of lying and cheating. By December 2007 Kaity had enough, and she ended the relationship.  A month later, he assaulted her at school and Kaity and her family got an injunction against harassment to help protect her. READ MORE>>>


AirTags Can Track Belongings, Also People

4-30-24   |   By Amanda Kippert   |     Published by https://domesticshelters.org

When Apple released its new quarter-sized AirTag tracking devices in 2021 for the bargain price of $29, everyone who’s ever misplaced their phone, wallet or car keys recognized their value instantly. 

So did stalkers and abusers.

How Survivors Have Left an Abuser for Good

3-29-24   |   By Amanda Kippert   |     Published by https://domesticshelters.org

There are a multitude of reasons survivors may feel their only or best option is to go back.  Among them, is hope that the abuser has changed or that things will be different this time. They may still feel love for the abuser, or fear children they shared with the abuser will blame them for separating. 

It may also be one of these reasons READ MORE >>>

When 911 Can’t Find You

2-28-24  |  By Stephanie Thurrott  |   Published by: https://www.domesticshelters.org

Back when almost every call to 911 came from a landline, odds were good that first responders knew exactly where that call was coming from. But these days, almost three-quarters of U.S. adults use cell phones for all of their calls. And if you place a 911 call from a cell phone, it can be harder for first responders to pinpoint your location. READ MORE>>>

My Girlfriend Is Hitting Me

1-31-24   |   By Amanda Kippert   |     Published by https://domesticshelters.org

Q: Sometimes when we fight, my girlfriend hits me. It doesn’t hurt, but I don’t like when she gets this mad. I try to ignore it because I’m not going to hit her back or anything. I’m just not sure if this is normal for a girl to do. This is my first girlfriend, so I’m not sure. I know it’s wrong for guys to hit, but what about girls? – A Boyfriend 

Hey, Boyfriend, READ MORE >>>

What Is a Court Advocate?

12-29-23   |   By Shelley Flannery   |     Published by https://domesticshelters.org 

Navigating the justice system or family court process can be confusing and outright intimidating. Domestic violence survivors shouldn’t have to do it alone. Thanks to advocates in court, they don’t have to. Next, we answer some FAQs about court advocates. READ MORE>>

How to Escape an Abuser with Your Children

12-1-23   |   By Amanda Kippert   |     Published by https://domesticshelters.org 

You’re enduring life with an abusive partner when you decide it’s time to escape. But you have children in the house. The abuser tells you that if you take them, they will file a missing persons report and you will be accused of kidnapping. The abuser threatens that you will be arrested and will lose custody forever.  READ MORE>>>

When Abusers Turn on the Charm

11-9-23   |   By Amanda Kippert   |     Published by https://domesticshelters.org 

Who doesn’t love someone who can charm their way through a dinner party with confident conversation, astute observations on the world and just the right amount of humor sprinkled in? You’ve found yourself a good one there, say jealous friends.

They’re smitten, just like you were, before you saw this person’s other side.  READ MORE>>> 

What is Verbal Abuse?

10-2-23   |   By Amanda Kippert   |Published by https://domesticshelters.org

Arguments are normal, even healthy, in a relationship. Unless you’re partnered up with a carbon copy of yourself, there are bound to be times when the other person makes a decision you disagree with, or a decision that inconveniences you, maybe even hurts your feelings. In a safe, healthy relationship, this can be discussed and, even if things get heated, the couple should eventually be able to reach a compromise that makes them both feel safe and respected.  READ MORE>>>

How Police Are Trained to Handle Domestic Violence

9-4-23  |   Published by: https://www.domesticshelters.org   |  YouTube video

Domestic violence has been found to constitute the single largest category of police calls in some cities. When police officers respond, they know the situation can be volatile for both them and the abuser’s victim. That’s because the killer in almost one third of female homicides is an intimate partner, and 22 percent of officer “line of duty” deaths in recent years occurred while responding to domestic violence calls. READ MORE>>>


I Thought I Knew What Domestic Violence Was

7-31-23  |  By Shelley F.  |   Published by: https://www.domesticshelters.org

I thought I knew what domestic violence was. After all, I was working for a publishing company whose founder started Theresa’s Fund (the domestic violence nonprofit that created DomesticShelters.org). I donated out of my paycheck to the cause. Along with coworkers, I toured local domestic violence shelters to see where our money was going. READ MORE>>>