LEGAL AID IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASES –  Legal aid in domestic violence cases is a mandatory option.  It disturbed me greatly to recently read a report stating that legal aid may be drastically cut in our State of Florida. According to this report, if certain proposed cuts are approved, the ratio would become one legal aid30

Women’s History Month comes along in March. You’re probably thinking of such as Betsy Ross, Florence Nightingale, Mother Teresa or . . .? Maybe it’s just my sense of finding hidden messages in the most unlikely places, but I find it interesting that March is Women’s History Month. Throughout the history of America, women have marched30

Right up front, let’s establish that I have a long-running reputation as “Merry Sunshine” with a pair of rose-colored glasses permanently affixed to my face. So, if you read this article and feel I whizzed in your corn flakes, please bear in mind it’s a lot like broccoli. You may not like it, but it30

Since my book, ORANGE BLOSSOM WISHES: Child Molested, Woman Abused – Her Victorious Journey to Freedom was released in 2008, wonder upon wonder, opportunity upon opportunity and blessing upon blessing have taken place. None of these could have transpired without the encouragement, support and work on the part of others to help make the things30

I have begun working on a second book, one providing not only answers from my own life to victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence, but also to bring in major players in the advocacy work against domestic and sexual assault awareness as contributors. It seemed sensible to revisit one of my more successful30

How can one possibly give thanks for years of molestation as a child or for enduring nearly two decades of domestic violence? Granted, it may sound a bit strange. Some may even think I’ve lost what little bit of a mind I may have. So, I explain myself. Between the ages of 7 and 1530

Many are mistaken to think there are no free services available, but nothing is further from the truth. You can get counseling, group sessions, housing, clothing, assistance with utilities, relocation assistance, if you just work a little to find an organization that can help. Begin with the Family Justice Center (again, on the Victim Support Page). Some shelters provide safety deposit boxes, post office boxes and even voice mail boxes (Verizon is one corporation that assists with this effort). Some shelters even take pets!

Too often victims of spousal battery or domestic violence find themselves being blamed for the whole mess, or worse, blame themselves for what has become of their life. How often did voices in my head ask, “What did ‘I’ do to deserve this?” “How did ‘I’ get ‘myself’ into this mess?” Too often judgment is misplaced.

Don’t become an unnecessary statistic. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline. KEEP THIS NUMBER HANDY: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

I’ve also learned there are warning signs that raise red flags when there is a likelihood of an abusive relationship. The ABC reporter shared with me a list of 16 Warning Signs of an Abusive Relationship as she handed me a small pocket-sized sheet furnished by The Spring. Because I care about you, the reader, here they are…