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...

Continue reading

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...

Continue reading

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...

Continue reading

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...

Continue reading

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...

Continue reading

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...

Continue reading

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...

Continue reading

VOCIARE – Victims of Crime Implementation Assessment of Rights in Europe

The project Victims of Crime Implementation Assessment of Rights in Europe is coordinated by the Victim Support Europe and is co-funded by the European Commission JUST/2015/ACTION GRANTS, while the Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family – SPAVO (Cyprus) acts as a partner. Other partners of the project are the following:...

Continue reading

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...

Continue reading