Heroic Dog Saves Woman from Abuser, Incites Change in Shelter Policy | Life With Dogs

This story is one that brought me to my knees in tears.  Not only am I a dog lover, but I am also a survivor of domestic violence, and I had stayed in an abusive relationship (for nearly 5 years) because I could not find a shelter that would allow me to take my dog.  […]

Texas harms foster children with inattention, shoddy system, lawsuit says

By ROBERT T. GARRETT Source: Dallas Morning News Austin Bureau rtgarrett@dallasnews.com Published 29 March 2011 10:38 AM AUSTIN — Texas violates the rights of abused and neglected children by running a shoddy foster care system, the New York-based group Children’s Rights says in a class-action federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. Too many youths are isolated and linger for years […]

Florida Mom Slain With Her 5 Children Endured Abuse

September 21, 2009    Filed at 11:09 p.m. ET TAMPA,Fla. (AP) A Florida woman slain along with her five children endured regular abuse from her husband but seemed overwhelmed by trying to raise the kids herself and wanted him around as a father figure, Department of Children and Families records show. Police in Haiti on Monday […]

Florida Mom Slain With Her 5 Children Endured Abuse

September 21, 2009    Filed at 11:09 p.m. ET TAMPA,Fla. (AP) A Florida woman slain along with her five children endured regular abuse from her husband but seemed overwhelmed by trying to raise the kids herself and wanted him around as a father figure, Department of Children and Families records show. Police in Haiti on Monday […]

When he kills me…

Dear Presiding Justice, Police Officers, Senators, Legislators, Doctors, Clergy, Parish Members, Family and Friends: I am a battered woman. Do you remember me?  I was your neighbor.  I sat next to you in church every Sunday. I was your patient in the emergency room. I was the woman who dialed 911 and begged for your […]

We Were Voted in Top 100 for Domestic Violence Blogs!

Top 100 Blogs It’s Almost Tuesday was voted in the Top 100 for Domestic Violence Blogs!  This is a wonderful accomplishment for the work we’re trying to do for our children in foster care and for survivors of domestic violence. A victim recently reached out to the newly appointed White House VAWA Advisor, Lynn Rosenthal […]

Help! I fell in love with the boogeyman!

(c) Forever May, 2009 The boogeyman. Everybody knows the boogeyman isn’t real. Right? Well, to some, the boogeyman is very real and he is the one you love.  How does someone fall in love with the boogeyman?  What makes the boogeyman become what or who he is? A monster – an abuser… Abuse at its […]

Abuse By Proxy and Abuse by Stalking

By: Dr. Sam Vaknin If all else fails, the abuser recruits friends, colleagues, mates, family members, the authorities, institutions, neighbours, the media, teachers – in short, third parties – to do his bidding. He uses them to cajole, coerce, threaten, stalk, offer, retreat, tempt, convince, harass, communicate and otherwise manipulate his target. He controls these […]

Violent Relationships in Family Court

The last time Amy saw her two boys alive, something was not right. Connolly was acting strange when they met at the police station. Amy refused to hand over her boys on March 7th, an officer threatened her if she didn’t give them to their father, she would be arrested according to her lawyer.

CPS Used My Decision to Home School I Was Charged with Truancy

One of the reasons my child was taken into foster care4 was an allegation against me of neglecting my son’s education, and not sending him to school.  This is how they managed to pull it off. Early on in the new semester after winter break, I received a call from the school that my ex […]