What’s the best way to keep children safe when their families are investigated by CPS? Keep them out of CPS in the first place. How does a community do that? Adopt programs that have worked before, in novel combinations, and get the community’s buy-in at every level.
How about if we look to the issue of understanding and acceptance and answer the questions in the hearts of our littles before those questions come rolling out in line at the grocery or in a crowded restaurant?
When helping a loved one who’s in an abusive relationship, it’s important to know, honor, and protect your own limits–including your emotions, knowledge, and physical safety.
It sounds simple, doesn’t it? If you’re trying to figure out how to help someone, just ask them what they need. However, when it comes to wanting to help someone you care about who’s involved in an abusive relationship, this question can be difficult to ask for many reasons.
When they were little, I thought if I was angry it made me a bad person. It took me a long time to realize that I was allowed to be angry. It’s what you do with the anger, or in the midst of it, that makes you either abusive or not. Simply having a negative emotion doesn’t make you horrible; it makes you human.
When we begin to fully appreciate the complexity of people’s lives, we can see that very rarely are there clear-cut, easy answers as to whether a significant intimate relationship should end or continue. Even when the answer seems simple, the steps required to end that relationship can be very, very difficult. In some cases, those steps are life-threatening.
What are the efforts happening today that we will look back upon 50 years from now and realize the transformative impacts they have had, but that began now as new and innovative ideas? We don’t have a crystal ball, of course, so time will provide the answers to this question. But, we can look to new and innovative ideas that are growing and gaining momentum now for hints to what transformations may be in store in the decades to come.
A Domestic Violence solution pioneered in Quincy, MA and perfected in San Diego and Nashville, will prevent Domestic Violence and can save Americans $500 Billion annually. Find out how at the book launch party.
As I thought about what sort of transformative project to highlight for this month’s series, I stumbled across an award-winning project called be smart. be well. Life stories, education, and ideas are offered about a variety of health topics that are related to staying healthy and well – things like bullying, addiction and STDs
If Major League Baseball consults with experts and follows current research, they will create a response to domestic violence that is based on accountability and monitoring.
Stephen was the one, for me. The one who embodied all the failures of a system so broken that to heal it would take far more than the casts that heal the literal broken bones of the children growing up within it. Does it need to be this way?
Learning the facts about sexual abuse is the first step to protecting your littles during this busy holiday season. If we know the facts, we know how to protect our kids before they become statistics on an unforgiving table of data.