Love shouldn’t hurt – ever

Societal Influences
by Teresia Smith

Have you ever wondered how it’s so easy to get involved in an abusive relationship and not realize it’s unhealthy and stay? We tend to ask questions such as, “Can’t they see the red flags” and “Why don’t they know this is not okay?” and, “Why don’t they just leave?”

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Love shouldn’t hurt – ever

Regaining Your Life After Abuse
by Teresia Smith

Domestic violence can be more than just physical abuse. It includes emotional abuse, financial abuse and mental abuse. Thought often overlooked, emotional abuse is very devastating, and in some cases, can be more traumatic than physical abuse. Bruises and broken bones heal and leave visible scars, but for some, emotional abuse can linger, shaping choices in life and leaving invisible scars. These scars sometimes lead survivors to wonder if they can ever lead a happy life again.

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Love shouldn’t hurt – ever

How to Recognize the Potential for Abuse
by Christina Hays

In previous articles advocates have defined “red flags” and warning signs of abuse. This is an important discussion to have because these red flags can be a very good indicator that the relationship has the potential to become abusive and even violent.

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Love shouldn’t hurt –

The Dynamics of Domestic Violence: What everyone must know
by Rebecca Hieronymi

Several years ago, long before I became an advocate at Crisis Services, I was a victim of domestic violence. I didn’t know about resources for survivors and it seemed like no one wanted to talk about it, domestic violence was swept under the rug and only spoken about in secret. After I started at CSNA I had the opportunity to attend a conference where Retired Lieutenant Steve Searcy spoke openly about his time on the force and experience with domestic violence calls. His words resonated with me and inspired me to continue with my work as an advocate. Education is just one step in ending and preventing domestic violence, so I would like to share some of what he taught us and hope that it helps you or someone you know.

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Love shouldn’t hurt – ever

You Can’t Stop Living
by Teresia Smith

When we experience a trauma, often our response may be to just shut down, circle the wagons, and go into hiding. We feel as if we need the world to stop turning so we can regain our bearings. It would be nice if we could hit a pause button on life at times, but that’s not the case. However, we can pull away and take some time for ourselves to catch our breath, acknowledge and work through how we are feeling, regroup and make necessary choices, and reach out for help as needed. The bottom line is that you can’t stop living and we don’t want to allow whatever trauma we have experienced to continue to steal valuable time from our life.

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