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Peace begins at home

Domestic violence and abuse primarily affects women (96% of cases) and children across the world. The impact is devastating on all levels, emotionally, physically and emotionally, to name bur a few. Peace in the home is vital to ensuring peace in the

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Help in the Uk - websites and numbers (added International information)

Women's Aid across the UK has been helping women and children for more than 30 years. For information and help please see below.

In Wales
www.welshwomensaid.org
Welsh Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0808 80 10 800 (non gender specific, available to all)

In England
www.womensaid.org.uk
Helpline: 0808 2000 247

In Scotland
www.scottishwomensaid.org.uk
info@scottishwomensaid.org.uk

In Northern Ireland
www.womensaidni.org.uk
Helpline: 0800 917 1414

International Websites

Council of Europe
www.coe.int

Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE)
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Discussion Forum

ISN'T IT TIME SOMEONE CALLED CUT?

Started by MommaToldMeNotToCome Oct 4, 2009. 0 Replies

A place to share stories and thoughts

Started by Colette Morgan. Last reply by Colette Morgan Sep 7, 2009. 7 Replies

Surviving a Brutal Divorce

Started by susan chandel. Last reply by susan chandel Mar 20, 2009. 5 Replies

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Comment by Beatriz Pereira on June 12, 2009 at 4:33am
Dear all,


It is asbsolutely important to be aware of the fact that domestic violence affects both women AND men, children AND adults AND elderly, poor AND rich, non educated AND educated ones.

It is crucial that we have present for ourselves that domestic violence and abuse are extremely serious and silent anthropological diseases that have to be addressed by the whole society if we do have the intention to heal it and imporve ourselves as human beings, so we can become true ones.

Peace and Happiness to all beings, including ourselves.
Comment by Leah Brooks on March 23, 2009 at 9:39pm
I found this video about the power of inner peace...
Comment by susan chandel on March 20, 2009 at 2:03pm
Yes everyone has their own way of dealing with the situation. Actually recovery can be pretty ugly in some stages.There is alot of going back and leaving and going back for many people. You are right that is just the way it is. Lots of people who work with victims and survivors bemoan this. It is hard to watch, but Part of the process for many.
Thanks for the links Nicolette. Here is one for a group that I was envolved with for years. It is exciting to see what changes the internet has had on the movement to end domestic violence. It is an international project so I don't know if you have seen it.Our line had 400 plus shirts in 1995 with as many varied stories and we showed it in the height of activity an average of twice a week. At that time there was a huge national display on the mall in Washington D.C. ...Thousands of shirts hanging shoulder to shoulder representing even more at home and each short tells an individual's story. If you start a line it is good to stay in keeping with the original guidelines especially on the color codes in case there is a larger display with people from other countries or areas.

http://www.clotheslineproject.org/

I can't help but think what advances in communications technology had on the suffrage movement. Have you seen the movie Iron Jawed Angels with Hilary Swank? American sufferagists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns really took their cue from Europeans in the final push for the vote. I think it is because America is so spread out and varied that it often takes a long time for change to take effect. Before Alice and Lucy took the reigns the movement had decided to go state by state which takes even longer. This is what the GLBT rights movement is doing with the gay marraige issue. Smaller countries can mobilize a lot faster.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Jawed_Angels

I like to keep in mind that living through horrors no matter what they are often makes us stronger. It is a matter of how we heal from them, which is a whole process in itself... one I really enjoy watching.
Comment by Nicolette on March 15, 2009 at 7:24pm
Robby, your story is my story too! No one understood about psychological and economic violence is violence too, until it escalated, then it was too late. The country I lived in has a law, abandon du domicile. Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France, Mexico these are some of the countries. You can't leave your domicile if you're married without consent or proper authorization or your partner claims you've abandoned them. It's misused everywhere by abusers, by Mexican immigrants to their spouses even in Texas. To anyone in that situation, all you have to do if the police can't help is you write a judge or the public prosecution and tell them why you are leaving. Just leave evidence of why..

I had no help . no support .. The worse thing when I look back is solicitors involved with people with alot of money wore me down and played on my love for my children ..Money seems to talk more than true reality and nobody even thought to put their hand out to me

Glad for this site and for Colette and Susan and all the others with experience and wisdom to share.
Comment by susan chandel on March 11, 2009 at 2:00am
Well actually Robby, I always knew that I had resources. I really paid him no mind when he tried to take the wind out of my sails. For the most part. Because I had already decided I was leaving and set the plan in motion many years before this.
Comment by susan chandel on March 10, 2009 at 3:30pm
view from wood pond cottage

I was two thirds through my record collection the last thing I packed on April 15th 1997, when I realized that it was time to go. It was the last day of tax season and my husband a certified public accountant would be home soon. At dawn, Michelle an old friend from church and a clothesline project 400 hundred miles away had crept around the corner of the rundown clapboard building for the keys to the storage locker where I wanted to get some of my things and resituatue them. All day 8 of my friends and I worked to load a U hau and store things in several locations. In our final heated discussion several months earlier, I had promised to leave on April 15th as he had requested, but he had no idea the scope and depth of my plan. A plan 5 years in the making.
We packed all my items and the kids things and moved to this room with a view for several weeks until we could find something more permanent.
And he tried to tell me that I had no resources.
Comment by Colette Morgan on March 8, 2009 at 4:30pm
Thanks to Robbie J for the brilliant and stiring writings, I would love to set up a section for all these works,but not sure how....anyone any ideas! love & hugs xxx
Comment by Nicolette on February 27, 2009 at 1:12am
Some groups with good web sites, for any activists out there...

United Angels Against Domestic Violence
http://www.uaadv.org/HollyAnnCollins.html

Stop family violence
www.stopfamilyviolence.org
Comment by Colette Morgan on February 8, 2009 at 3:36pm
Thanks Robby for you lovely writings and Nicolette I am so glad the links were useful for you. I work for Welsh Women's Aid, as a training coordinator/trainer. I am responsible for developing training that is accredited and delivering some of that training. I train internal and external organisations (to Women's Aid in Wales) on what domestic abuse is and the impact on those who experience it. I am really pleased that this group was of use to you. Love & Hugs xx
Comment by Nicolette on February 8, 2009 at 11:33am
Thank you Colette for posting the links to Women's Aid!

I stumbled upon their site by chance a year ago. I only just now noticed your group featured the organisation!

Their Survivor's Handbook was the best help I've seen everywhere. What's interesting and positive is their philosophy that the cycle of violence can be broken and that focusing on the negative of it is an ineffective way to help children.
 

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