Our helpline is staffed 24/7, but not everyone can safely make the call.
“Beth” was worried about her safety. Washington’s “Stay home, stay safe” order reduced her chance of catching or spreading COVID-19, but it left her vulnerable to other dangers.
Her husband lost hours at work, which meant a smaller paycheck and more time trapped at home with him. While he never hurt her physically, the emotional abuse grew by the day, scaring Beth and their young daughter.
In her brief moments alone Beth reached out to LifeWire via email. Working with an advocate only through email Beth put together a safety plan and came up with ways to keep her and her daughter safer.
Joann felt overwhelmed. Her partner had never hurt her physically, but he was too controlling. He limited her access to money, pushed her friends and family away, and frequently told Joann she was crazy.
Did you know that dating violence is a big problem on college campuses?
43% of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors including physical, sexual, technological, verbal, or controlling abuse. But it doesn’t just affect women. Dating violence happens in opposite-sex and same-sex relationships and people of any gender can experience dating violence.
Safe and healthy families are the key to ensuring safe and vibrant communities. We each have the power to change our culture of violence to one of kindness and compassion through words and our actions. Here are ways you can help build a world free from violence where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Continue reading “Domestic Violence and What You Can Do”→
People often think that when a parent leaves an abusive relationship they will gain primary custody of the children. But many family courts don’t consider domestic violence a reason to deny the abuser partial or full child custody.
Survivors often face an uphill battle for custody. This is partly because abusers are more likely than non-abusers to challenge child custody decisions. And 70% of the time abusers succeed in getting partial or full custody of the children. Continue reading “Domestic Violence and Child Custody”→