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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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3 Simple Ways to Help a School Address Childhood Domestic Violence

3 Simple Ways to Help a School Address Childhood Domestic Violence

Last month, we told you about the millions of children who were looking forward to going back to school because it offered a much-needed escape from the violence they see daily in their homes. We also shared some examples of

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Be The Change; You Are Not Alone

Be The Change; You Are Not Alone

By Christian Axios, Guest Blogger

This is the hardest thing in my life that I have had to overcome. Childhood Domestic Violence (CDV) is no joke and should not be taken lightly. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that

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Creating the Life I Deserved After Childhood Domestic Violence

Creating the Life I Deserved After Childhood Domestic Violence

By Cris Chocolat, Guest Blogger, Entrepreneur, Artist, and Advocate

We all go through moments in our lives when we feel like giving up. It is in those moments when a recurring memory comes to me, a vision of my

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