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Did you grow up living with domestic violence and still find the Holidays hard to cope with as an adult?

Did you grow up living with domestic violence and still find the Holidays hard to cope with as an adult?

This season’s holidays center around joyful times with family as well as marking an end of another year gone by. For many people, this time of year is strenuous, but for people that are still grappling with their past of Childhood Domestic Violence (CDV), it can be stressful and triggering. The holidays often bring up memories of childhood trauma and the family they wished they had. Even for CDV...

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A Holistic Journey: Embracing Wholeness after Childhood Domestic Violence

A Holistic Journey: Embracing Wholeness after Childhood Domestic Violence

Holistic healing approaches can be incredibly beneficial when addressing the complex effects of childhood domestic violence. Simple practices, such as grounding breathwork, gentle movement, nourishing self-care rituals, and nurturing non-violent and non-judgmental approaches can be tailored to service-users' unique needs. These can help improve mental, physical, and spiritual health after...

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Unveiling the Link: Healing Women from the Shadow of Childhood Domestic Violence

Unveiling the Link: Healing Women from the Shadow of Childhood Domestic Violence

By Shirley Sanguino & Rithika Yogeshwarun On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we would like to discuss the long-term impacts of childhood domestic violence, the cycle they can potentially recreate, and the multitude of women affected by violence in the home. A significant number of women who experience violence in adulthood have witnessed or experienced...

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Giving Thanks this Thanksgiving can be challenging for those that grew up with Childhood Domestic Violence (CDV)…but is Key to Healing

Giving Thanks this Thanksgiving can be challenging for those that grew up with Childhood Domestic Violence (CDV)…but is Key to Healing

Thanksgiving for most people is a holiday. It may be a chance to vacation, visit friends and family and celebrate with a warm and inviting feast. Here at CDVA, we like to look at this holiday in a different light as for those who grew up with childhood domestic violence. Thanksgiving may be a day that finds little to be thankful for. Giving thanks is an expression commonly associated with the...

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Looking at Bullying through the lens of CDV

Looking at Bullying through the lens of CDV

This DV Awareness and Bullying Prevention month, we take a look at the major Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) of CDV to connect and prevent all 3 issues. Bullying is less studied than other childhood traumas. It is only in the past fifteen years or so that the awareness month has even existed. It is about 23 years now since the first fifty states passed anti-bullying legislation. Though more...

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What Happens to the Brain when you grow up with Childhood Domestic Violence?

What Happens to the Brain when you grow up with Childhood Domestic Violence?

When you grow up living with childhood domestic violence (CDV), the experience can negatively impact key areas of your life, including your brain. This year for World Mental Health Day, we look at the relationship between childhood trauma and how the brain’s development is negatively impacted, particularly, in relation to the major childhood adversity of CDV. According to UNICEF’s 2010 report,...

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Why Does Preventing Domestic Violence Begin with Preventing Childhood Domestic Violence?

Why Does Preventing Domestic Violence Begin with Preventing Childhood Domestic Violence?

Written by Shirley Sanguino and Cindy Bekesi The single best predictor of children becoming either perpetrators or victims of domestic violence later in life is whether or not they grow up in a home where there is domestic violence ~ UNICEF Domestic violence is a universal issue. It is worldwide and afflicts all sexes, genders, and socio-economic groups. Negative health outcomes such as...

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Can You Find Gratitude In Your Life After Childhood Domestic Violence?

Can You Find Gratitude In Your Life After Childhood Domestic Violence?

For those that faced violence in their childhood, called childhood domestic violence (CDV), being grateful and finding reasons for gratitude in day-to-day life can be very hard. Gratitude can be hard to come by for all of us at times in our life. Coming from a childhood of domestic violence, many of the simple truths that you should believe in, are ripped from your core. CDV encodes the brain...

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Breaking the Silence: Childhood Domestic Violence & Suicide Prevention

Breaking the Silence: Childhood Domestic Violence & Suicide Prevention

Did you know that childhood domestic violence can serve as the single best predictor of domestic violence, and can lead to the risk of suicide attempts? Childhood domestic violence (CDV) is the least known Adverse childhood experience (ACE) but has an impact of epidemic proportions to society. Aside from its importance as being a predictor of domestic violence, it often co-occurs with other ACEs...

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Connecting the dots….ADHD and Childhood Domestic Violence

Connecting the dots….ADHD and Childhood Domestic Violence

You have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). But do you feel that the source of your disorder has been fully uncovered? During this back-to-school season, we have been focusing on addressing childhood adversities, as well as how it impacts a child’s learning and ability to thrive in school, socially and academically. ADHD is a chronic issue as well, often...

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