The Domestic Abuse Trap

What makes a woman stay in an abusive situation? What stops a woman from running and rejecting being another person’s punching bag? A January 2020 article in Psychology Today, suggests 8 Reasons Women Stay in Abusive Relationships. These include distorted thoughts; damaged self-worth; fear; wanting to be a saviour; children; family expectations and experiences; financial constraintsContinue reading “The Domestic Abuse Trap”

Roxy’s Survivor Story

The advice of the uninformed is usually, “Just leave him.” “If he hits her, why doesn’t she leave?” The reality is that worldwide 1 in 4 women who decide to leave an abusive relationship are murdered by the ex-spouse or partner after they have left. Experts on intimate partner violence have concluded that leaving anContinue reading “Roxy’s Survivor Story”

Domestic Violence Awareness

As I ponder what I really want to say as we recognize this month as DV Awareness month I am confronted by two thoughts. First, domestic violence always has a genesis and it is not the fault of the abused. In Trinidad, the culture of victim blaming is so pervasive that many a member of society (both man and woman) will make statements like “She look fuh dat!” Reshma Kanchan, the latest victim of this crime in our country.