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Category Archives: Supporting victims

When dental visits unearth old trauma

[Trigger warning] From the taste of blood in her mouth to feeling powerless and unable to talk, sexual assault survivor Juliet dreaded annual visits to the dentist. Everything brought back the trauma of the sexual abuse she’d endured from a male relative from the age of three to 14. She would “white knuckle” the dental …

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Don Hennessy will be providing an audio version of “Steps To Freedom”

I’ve just learned that Don Hennessy is planning to distribute a free audio version of his book Steps to Freedom: Escaping Intimate Control.  This is yet more evidence that Don truly cares for victims of domestic abuse. When I learn more about the audio version, I will let you know by publishing a new and …

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Victims resist abuse in prudent, determined and creative ways

Alongside each history of abuse, there runs a parallel history of prudent, determined and often creative resistance. This is one of the things I’ve learned from Dr Allan Wade & his colleague Linda Coates. They are Canadian counselors have worked with many survivors of oppression and abuse; they also train other counselors and victim-advocates. Note: …

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Why I publish my concerns about various abuse advocates (part 4 of series on ChurchCares)

You may be wondering why I am publicly articulating my concerns about various abuse advocates. I have searched my heart and don’t think I’m motivated by self conceit or sour grapes or a desire to be combative. And I certainly don’t do it because I relish being reprimanded on social media! I do it because …

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How do you get the abuser’s voice and perspective out of your head?

I have full faith in God, I see His hand in my life. I believe I am His precious daughter. But I’m having so much trouble feeling an intimacy and fellowship with God or discerning His voice. How do you get the abuser’s voice and perspective out of your head? — question asked by “Becoming” …

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Domestic abuse victims share their experiences of obtaining and enforcing protection orders

We love our readers to share their own experiences so that others can benefit. To get the ball rolling, here is what three of our readers have said about the pros & cons of getting protection orders, and tips for those who have not done it before. Protection order legislation varies from state to state.  …

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