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Do you worry that you’ll never overcome the challenges and heartaches in your life?

Do you struggle to forgive yourself and those who hurt you?

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October National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the United States

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The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence provides free statistics  on domestic violence in the United States. One in three women and one in four men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) website at http://ncadv.org has downloadable national statistics and downloadable statistics by state in the United States.

According to their statistics, one in four women and one in seven men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Awareness Matters!

Please understand that domestic violence crosses all boundaries and affects all people regardless of race, religion, nationality, age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, or gender. The traumatic effects of domestic violence can last a lifetime.

Emotional and verbal abuse are often part of the physical violence.

Murder and Suicide Rate in Domestic Violence

One in three female murder victims and one in twenty male murder victims are killed by intimate partners. Seventy-two per cent of all murder–suicides are committed by intimate parts. Ninety–four per cent of murder–suicide victims are female.

Ten Tips to Help A Victim of Domestic Violence

Remember the abuse victim could be your mother or father, sister or brother, aunt or uncle, cousin, or best friend. For this reason, I ask you, as a family member or friend, to follow these ten tips to help an abused person.

  1. Listen to the victim of domestic violence.
  2. Don’t blame the victim for the abuse.
  3. Avoid interrupting the abused person when he’s/she’s talking.
  4. Don’t act shocked or doubtful of the situation.
  5. Look for information on your computer, not the victim’s.
  6. Inform the person that Verizon donates wireless phones to abuse victims.
  7. Let the victim know free help is available.
  8. Inform the abused person that domestic violence crosses all boundaries.
  9. Find out if the person is danger.
  10. Call the nearest shelter hotline on your phone not the victim’s.

Psalm 55:12–13: If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend.”

Dear God, keep me from a state of denial. Help me to see what is going on around me and to report it to the proper authorities. Amen.

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10 Breast Cancer Tips for Patients, Family, and Friends by Yvonne Ortega

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10 Breast Cancer Tips for Patients, Family, and Friends. Yes, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States. In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, please receive these 10 Breast Cancer Tips for Patients, Family, and Friends from Yvonne Ortega. Breast cancer is a diagnosis, not a death sentence. Breast cancer… Continue Reading

When Plans Change by Yvonne Ortega

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When plans change, how do you respond? Do you get angry, hope for resolution, or make other arrangements? Whatever your answer, I understand. At one time or another when plans change, I’ve responded in all three ways. After a week of vacation, I boarded the first plane on schedule and arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina… Continue Reading

Las Vegas Mass Shooting Leads to Shock, Fear, and Grief

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A Las Vegas mass shooting leads to shock, fear, and grief. A beautiful outdoor concert went from a time of recreation, relaxation, and reprieve from work or school to a nightmare of at least fifty-eight deaths and hundreds of injuries. People screamed, “Get down.” Others screamed, “Stay down.” Still others got down on top of… Continue Reading

When Memories of a Deceased Loved One Come Up

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When memories of a deceased loved one come up, I respond in different ways, don’t you? Last week Friday, I went into a grocery store that had an autumn display of red, orange, green, and brown leaves, pumpkins in different sizes, and a variety of apples in a basket. My late Mom used to bake… Continue Reading