• This Is Why I Didn’t Tell You He Was Beating Me

    By Janice Fuller-Roberts Understanding the mind-set of a domestic violence victim is almost impossible to do. Unless, like this writer, you’ve been one. When I fled my abusive relationship for the last time (yes, I left and went back), one of the first things my well-meaning friends and family asked...

  • 3 Steps to Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence in Kids’ Lives

    After a childhood of witnessing abuse, one expert says you can help your children grow up to avoid repeating those patterns Not all of us have the fondest memories of childhood. Some of us grew up in homes where the tension was palpable, yelling was the norm and fear was...

  • Are Absentee Parents Abusive?

    Why a parent might check out of their child’s life, and the ramifications it can have Maybe your partner is present in your life, but not in the lives of your children. Is that considered abuse? “All kids want love and want to feel valued,” says Susan Bernstein, a MA-based...

  • Emotional Outcomes for Child Witnesses to Domestic Violence

    Teresa Collett, PsyD, Therapist in Silverdale, Washington Domestic violence is a social problem, affecting each member of a family—including kids, even when they are not the ones directly experiencing violence or aggression. Parents under stress can create children under stress. For children, witnessing domestic violence can lead to the development...

  • The Battered-Child Syndrome: 50 Years Later

    Larry Wolff, Director, NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies The year 2012 has provided the occasion for looking back 50 years to some of the historical and cultural landmarks of 1962, from Vatican II and the Cuban Missile Crisis to the environmental warning of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and...

  • People often stay in abusive relationships because of something called ‘trauma bonding’ — here are the signs it’s happening to you

    Lindsay Dodgson – People often don’t even realize they are in an abusive relationship. – It can be hard for others to understand why someone stays with an abusive partner. – It’s often because of something called “trauma bonding,” where you become addicted to the – hormonal roller coaster an abuser...

  • Calls to Domestic Violence Support Line Soar in 2017

    Sam Sam, “CyprusMail Online” Newspaper. Calls to a support line for victims of domestic violence jumped by almost 50 percent in 2017, non-governmental organisation Spavo said on Friday. During a press conference to launch the annual international campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, Spavo said that the victim...

  • Tragedies of Minors Through Numbers

    Theodora Nicolaou,  “ΑΛΗΘΕΙΑ” Newspaper, 17/11/2017   Shocking stories under the public light: from 16 year – old girls using drugs, to 8 year – old boys reporting they have been stabbed by their parents – Since 2012 until the end of 2016, the number of minor’s victims of violence indicences rises...

  • Violence and Abuse in Family

    Louiza Theophanous, Counseling Psychologist Domestic violence is an aspect of violence in society. Thus, domestic violence is not a personal or family mater but a social problem consernig all of us (Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family) Violence and abuse in the family is an...

  • 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence

    Matthew Kidd, British High Commissioner in Cyprus The British High Commission is marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence November 25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It marks the start of a 16-day period of Days of Action leading up to International Human...