News of the Week

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

If Amber Heard Were Your Friend, Here's What You Could Say To Her

"As domestic abuse survivor and activist Leslie Morgan Steiner put it, 'Abuse thrives only in silence' — and yet we don't know how to broach the subject of abuse with the very people in our lives we suspect are experiencing it. And we don't know how to respond when people we care about tell us that they have been abused."  —Refinery 29

The Bogus Murder Confession That Changed How I Investigate Family Violence

"It isn’t just the threat of physical violence that makes a victim compliant to the wishes of their abuser, but also the steady drip, drip, drip psychological effect that leaves them feeling helpless, hopeless, and utterly dependent upon the very person who abuses them." —The Marshall Project

Nice Guys Can Commit Domestic Violence Too

"This is a case of the “Nice Guy” – people whose charming or kind public personas are at odds with the suggestion that they could be a perpetrator of domestic violence. It is the antithesis of the common myth that the perpetrator must be a monster."  —Buzzfeed News