Following Sexual Assault: Aftermath, Response, Resources

Following Sexual Assault: Aftermath, Response, Resources

Being sexually assaulted can have a long-term, lasting physical and emotional impact. The degree to which someone feels comfortable sharing what happened to them with their loved ones [and supported when they do] can affect healing and recovery in a myriad of ways. One of the best ways to support survivors is to become aware of common physical and emotional responses to traumatic events and where to find advocacy and other resources.

Bystander Intervention: How It Works and Why It’s Needed

Bystander Intervention: How It Works and Why It’s Needed

At the heart of bystander intervention is the belief that ordinary people can make a difference. We can decide, individually and collectively, to make our communities safer. We can decide to look out for one another, and to do something to avert a crisis if, and when, someone else may be in danger.

Victims of Abuse Stay for Five Key Reasons

Victims of Abuse Stay for Five Key Reasons

When domestic violence, dating violence, or intimate partner abuse is brought up, it's not uncommon to hear someone say, "I don't understand... Why not just leave?" There are hundreds of reasons victims of abuse don't, won't, or can't leave. Here are five of the biggest.

Forms of Relationship Abuse You Should Know About

Forms of Relationship Abuse You Should Know About

The main forms of relationship abuse are emotional, financial, physical, and sexual. Abuse involves tactics of manipulation, coercion, intimidation, or harassment, used to gain and maintain power and control over another. Incidents and instances of relationship abuse can occur between current or former dating and domestic partners, family members, caretakers, or even roommates. The behaviors listed in each category, below, were written specifically about relationships that are, or were, intimate and/or romantic in nature.

Ways to Support Survivors of Trauma

Ways to Support Survivors of Trauma

As an advocate and educator, I am frequently asked about the best ways to support survivors of trauma immediately after an incident, and long term. One of the best starting points in becoming part of a strong support system, is understanding how thoroughly experiencing a traumatic event can impact someone's life. Potentially every aspect of wellness may be impacted by the traumatic experience. Those who has been traumatized are frequently shaken to the core.

Six Relationship Red Flags

Six Relationship Red Flags

In abusive relationships, one partner seeks to gain, and maintain, power and control over the other. This is accomplished through the use of various manipulative tactics.

Take Stalking Warning Signs Seriously

Take Stalking Warning Signs Seriously

Stalking is a pattern of behavior, directed at a specific individual, that causes fear or severe emotional distress. This pattern of intimidation and control, two or more instances, can involve any of a wide range of behaviors.