News of the Week

A weekly roundup of family violence-related stories from across the web.

‘You took away my worth’: A sexual assault victim’s powerful message to her Stanford attacker

"My independence, natural joy, gentleness, and steady lifestyle I had been enjoying became distorted beyond recognition. I became closed off, angry, self-deprecating, tired, irritable, empty. The isolation at times was unbearable. You cannot give me back the life I had before that night either."                                       —The Washington Post

3 Harmful Myths About Domestic Violence

"Not all domestic violence victims act the same; they’re people just like the rest of us. Sometimes they’re happy, and sometimes they’re not. Domestic abuse doesn’t remove the right to have fun with friends, and it certainly doesn’t eliminate a victim’s personality."     —Motto

Hard times, hard love: Rise of intimate partner violence during Great Recession

"Financial strain has long been one of the leading causes of family discord, but a recent study suggests that simply living through major economic recessions increases a mother's chance of suffering from domestic violence."               —Science Daily

Post-Traumatic Stress: Treatable, normal response to abnormal events

"Some experts suggest that it is more appropriate to talk about Post-Traumatic Stress Injury instead of using the label of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is important to recognize that PTS is not some disease you catch; it is the result of experiencing a severe trauma, and then responding to that trauma in a very human way." —U.S. Army