Submitted By: Cassandra, Survivor It is not always easy to spot red flags that manifest in abusive relationships. Often, the beginning of the relationship is deceptively peaceful and loving, as the abuser wears the persona they need to draw their victim in. Rarely in the early stages of the relationship does an abuser show their […]
Break your Silence - Tell us Your Story!
Break the Silence against Domestic Violence was founded upon this very thing! The Founder and Managing Advocate Director Kristen Paruginog no longer wanted to suffer in silence so she found the strength and courage to Break Her Silence with the intention of encouraging others to break theirs as well. There are so many people who are still suffering in silence and we are here to say you don't have to be silent anymore. You will find strength in sharing your story!
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Submitted by: Anna, Survivor Forgiveness is a personal choice that survivors of domestic violence make based on their circumstances. Some may feel that it is an integral part of their healing process, while others believe that it is unnecessary. Survivor Anna shares with us her story of abuse and the difficult process of forgiveness, not […]
Submitted by: Isabel, Survivor Abusers often condition their victims to believe that no one would ever love or want them. They also use small doses of affection that give their partner false hopes that the relationship will work out. Combined with gaslighting, control, and intimidation, it is an effective way to make the abused partner […]
Submitted by: *Sherrie, Survivor Calling the police as a victim of domestic violence can be a terrifying experience. Some may fear retaliation from their abuser or a response of indifference on the part of law enforcement. Still, others may have an abuser who is in law enforcement themselves or has friends and family working in […]
Written By: *Annie, Survivor One of the most common questions survivors of domestic violence hear after leaving their abuser is, “Why didn’t you just leave?” This question is a form of victim-blaming that often influences survivors to keep silent about the abuse they endured and reinforces the belief that they are somehow to blame for […]