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My fearful life: growing up with domestic violence

My fearful life: growing up with domestic violence

A friend recently said to me: ‘You’re like a prey animal, ears pricked up, looking for danger.’

Like many children of domestic violence Louisa Adjoa Parker has heightened stress-activation, which we know to be maladaptive, harming both her mental

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Domestic violence: A mother’s story about her son’s anger and breaking the cycle of abuse

Domestic violence: A mother’s story about her son’s anger and breaking the cycle of abuse

We still see anger from him, but it is nowhere near as destructive and much less intense. He is learning to control that.

‘Jack’ – a twelve year old child of domestic violence – had begun to express ANGER as

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This Life: Today, Gayan Peart helps victims of domestic abuse. As a girl, she lived it.

This Life: Today, Gayan Peart helps victims of domestic abuse. As a girl, she lived it.
“Your mind processes so differently when you can see yourself in that child or that mother…” – Gayan Pert. 

Gayan Pert, ED of Bethany house, grew up with CDV in her childhood home in Jamaica. She now operates a shelter

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Charlize Theron Gets Real About What Living With An Alcoholic Is Like

Charlize Theron Gets Real About What Living With An Alcoholic Is Like

I think what…affected me for my adult life that happened in my childhood was more the everyday

When actress Charlize Theron was 15, her mother shot and killed her abusive alcoholic father. But what affected her most was living daily 

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Addiction doc says: It’s not the drugs. It’s the ACEs – adverse childhood experiences.

Addiction doc says: It’s not the drugs. It’s the ACEs – adverse childhood experiences.

The ACE Study found that the higher someone’s ACE score – the more types of childhood adversity a person experienced, the higher their risk of chronic disease, mental illness, violence, being a victim of violence and a bunch of other

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How I Broke The Cycle Of Domestic Violence In My Family

How I Broke The Cycle Of Domestic Violence In My Family
Author Kristine Fredheim writes a personal account of the pain brought on by her parents’ violence towards each other. After experiencing them abuse each other physically and verbally for years,Kristine inherited some of their behaviors. According to leading expert Dr.

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OVERCOMING THE IMPACT OF CHILDHOOD DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: CAN YOU ACCEPT WHAT’S IRREVERSIBLE?

OVERCOMING THE IMPACT OF CHILDHOOD DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: CAN YOU ACCEPT WHAT’S IRREVERSIBLE?
“Like many adult children of domestic violence, I’m doing the necessary work of change, and I’m moving forward.”  

Similarly to an estimated 15 million children and 40+ million adults who were these children, Jan Downing grew up around a lot

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How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris

How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris

Pediatrician Nadine Burke began to see patterns among the children she treated in her practice. She noticed a large percentage of children coming in with the same symptoms and false diagnosis.

As a doctor with a string commitment to public

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Trevor Noah Remembers the Terrible Day His Abusive Stepfather Shot His Mother in the Head

Trevor Noah Remembers the Terrible Day His Abusive Stepfather Shot His Mother in the Head

I think watching my mom, her growth post-shooting, our family and the way we became stronger really became the example that I chose to live by.

Comedian Trevor Noah opens up about his experience with CDV and the LIE he

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Overcoming the Impact of CDV, Making Father’s Day Festive Again

Overcoming the Impact of CDV, Making Father’s Day Festive Again

For many, this Father’s Day weekend was a festive time to pay tribute to a figurehead, protector, and pillar of family that brings up fond memories of special times. But what if you grew up in a home where you

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