Dealing with Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can affect anyone of any age or gender. Whether it's physical or psychological, domestic abuse is destructive for both the battered and the batterer. Its tendency to be passed down over generations makes it all the more important that we develop effective methods for combating abuse.

Recent posts on Domestic Violence

Protective Features Curb Abuse in Polyamorous Relationships

This blog explores the protective features that can inhibit abuse in polyamorous families like the presence of an observer, outside perspectives, allies, and more resources.

The Thin Line Between Fiction and Fact

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
A new novel about the relationship of Einstein and his wife Mileva, told from her point of view, strays too far from the truth.

Response to The School Did Nothing to Stop the Bullying Lie

Juxtaposing the emergence of bullying as a contemporary social problem against the emergence of domestic violence as a social problem during the 60s and 70s is instructive.

How to Understand Honor Killings

By Ryan P. Brown Ph.D. on August 11, 2016 in Honor Bound
To combat a horrific practice, it helps to understand the motivations behind it.

Dating Violence, Warning Signs

Can teens be taught the fundamentals of healthy relationships and the warning signs of possible abuse? Health education can do much to protect youth before it's too late.

Watching Edie: An Interview With Novelist Camilla Way

Watching Edie, a new novel about friendship, is a psychological thriller.

Mad Love: Personality Disorders in Harley Quinn & the Joker

Do the Joker and Harley Quinn display common symptoms of personality disorders?

3 Surprising Facts About the Dangerous Power of Love

We think of love as an entirely positive emotion, but there are some surprising downsides to being in love.

People, You're Praying Wrong

By Stanton Peele on July 17, 2016 in Addiction in Society
We are failing miserably in the prayers we are offering up to prevent Americans from killing one another. Why is our skill level so miserable in this area and how can we raise it?

Dad's Psychological Well-Being Impacts His Kids' Development

New research illuminates the impact a father's stress levels and mental health have on his children.
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When Good Guys Turn Bad

Even the most ordinary people can find themselves in circumstances that bring out their worst.

4 Parts of a Real Apology

Apology is a relational process that leads to change.

Mental Illness, Violence, and Family Homicides

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 11, 2016 in Saving Normal
Mental illness is not responsible for most violent crimes, but is a much bigger factor in the 4000 family homicides that occur each year.

“She Has No Money; She’ll Come Crawling Back.” NOT!

Financial control increases abusers' power over a partner. Innovative approaches offer survivors steps toward financial independence so they can take back their lives.

Branding Tattoos Use Ink to Violate Women

Tattoo branding has become a popular form of violence against women.

Are Transitions Killing Us?

Why men and not just women must change.

10 Things to Do When Your Loved One May Be a Crime Victim

What should you do if your loved one may be the victim of a crime? Here are 10 tips to help you through an incredible stressful time.

When a Relationship Makes You Sick

Victims of coercive control frequently experience medical problems, including heart trouble, non-specific head, back, and stomach pain, and difficulty sleeping and eating.

Stalking Crimes and Victim Protection

By Joseph A. Davis, Ph.D. on June 14, 2016 in Crimes and Misdemeanors
Stalking, Stalker, Victims and Victim Assistance...

What Can Be Done to Prevent the Next Mass Murder?

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on June 14, 2016 in Stop The Cycle
Reducing the unacceptably high number of mass murders and other types of violence in the US will require multiple methods. Prevention through Behavioral Health methods is one.

False Imprisonment: Husband Locks Wife Up in House

By Ana Nogales on June 07, 2016 in Family Secrets
“Doctor, what can I do when my husband locks me up in the house and doesn't let me go to church?”

Speaking Out

By Megan Dalla-Camina on June 07, 2016 in Real Women
Lacking the courage and confidence to speak out? A helpful interview on how to step into your power and use your voice.

Changing the Victim

By Ruth C. White Ph.D. on June 03, 2016 in Culture in Mind
Ending patriarchy means both women and men need to change. But when men behave badly towards women, we focus on the women's behavior. It is time for that to change.
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10 Troubling Red-Flag Behaviors in a Relationship

By Ryan P. Brown Ph.D. on May 31, 2016 in Honor Bound
Have you experienced any of these troubling behaviors in your relationship? Don't let culture increase the odds and camouflage the danger.

3 Ways Emotional Intelligence Can Save Your Relationship

By Carrie Askin LCSW on May 31, 2016 in Hurt People Hurt People
Being angry may keep you feeling safe and strong, but sadness can save you.
by Chloe Barron

When Someone You Know Might Be Molesting a Child

Stories of clients who witnessed molestation as children, the impact of molestation and the mind of the molester are discussed with six suggestions for coping and recovering

Parental Alienation and the Bystander Effect

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."

Why Feminist Therapy?

We have come a long way, but...

Holding the Mast in the Dark Night Sea Storm

When we fight, it can feel like we are adrift in a violent, dark night sea storm.

How Can You Bear to Listen?

By Nick Luxmoore on May 12, 2016 in Young People Up Close
Sometimes we simply have to bear witness to the effects of other people's cruelty and remember our own capacity to be cruel.