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The forgotten victims of domestic abuse are the children like me who survived it

The forgotten victims of domestic abuse are the children like me who survived it

“Childhood domestic violence (CDV) gets lumped together with domestic violence and/or child abuse…It’s a real distinct and separate childhood adversity.” -Dr. Linda Olson, clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, Chairwoman of our Georgia Chapter

Read this woman’s beautiful account of growing up

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Discovering LOVE after Childhood Domestic Violence: Giving and Receiving Love is at the Heart of Reaching Your Full Potential

Discovering LOVE after Childhood Domestic Violence: Giving and Receiving Love is at the Heart of Reaching Your Full Potential

Discovering LOVE after Childhood Domestic Violence: Giving and Receiving Love is at the Heart of Reaching Your Full Potential

Valentine’s Day is a holiday intended to reaffirm our love for others and their love for us. But, for those of

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A Daughter’s Perspective by Tre Wharton

A Daughter’s Perspective by Tre Wharton

Poet Tre Wharton used his talent to cope with CDV by expressing in verse what living with his stepfather’s violence was like. This poem is just one of about forty poems he wrote about CDV in his new book Grown

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How Trauma Rewires the Brain

How Trauma Rewires the Brain

Experiencing trauma can significantly rewire the brain, as hormones are released in excess due to stress. Fortunately, therapy can provide an understanding of emotions, helping to restore balance to the brain. This article features input from Licensed Psychologist and Childhood

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A medical student’s childhood memory of domestic violence

A medical student’s childhood memory of domestic violence

By Tina Shelton

A first year medical student at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) decided to share her story of growing up with domestic violence, recounting a night in her household as a childhood. Although she chose

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Family Support Center: Children feel domestic violence, too

Family Support Center: Children feel domestic violence, too

By Katy Macek

A family support center in Chippewa County, Michigan, is offering counseling to children ages 5-17 who grew up living with domestic violence. They recognize the significant impact of Childhood Domestic Violence on a child’s life, as it

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The Children Who Saw Too Much

The Children Who Saw Too Much

By Melissa Jeltsen

This article shares the story of Ryan, a 17 year old boy at Camp HOPE America – a summer camp created specifically to help children who grew up living with domestic violence. It describes how spending a

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Invisible spectators: Children who grow up in abusive households, and what it does to them

Invisible spectators: Children who grow up in abusive households, and what it does to them

By Geetika Mantri

This article out of India proves that Childhood Domestic Violence has no cultural, racial, or ethnic boundaries. It shares the stories of two children who grew up living with domestic violence, highlighting many of the LIES learned

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Domestic Violence: Children are the Collateral Damage of Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence: Children are the Collateral Damage of Domestic Violence

By Laurel Davis

This article shares the story of a young girl whose experience growing up with domestic violence ultimately caused her to repeat the cycle of violence. UNICEF calls Childhood Domestic Violence (CDV) “The single best predictor of children

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A Choice: Resentment or Compassion

A Choice: Resentment or Compassion

By Marcus Laster, professional, father, husband

Like a tripwire, the fight or flight mechanism in my 12 year-old brain was triggered. My hands were shaking and my heart pounded as if it was going to come out of my

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