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Here at the hotline we’re talking about the most current topics related to domestic violence  — and we want to hear what you have to say. Join in on the discussions by leaving a comment on a post, responding to someone else’s comment, or sharing the content with your Facebook and Twitter friends. If you’re interested in writing for us and becoming part of our blogging community, send an email to blogger@ndvh.org.

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Man-To-Man: Talking About Sexism and Domestic Violence

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July 10, 2014
There a lot of reasons even the most well-intentioned people won’t speak up if they witness violence or hear something that condones it. We may fear our instincts are wrong or worry that we’re being nosy or intrusive. We worry that we’ll be perceived as too “politically correct” or that it wouldn’t be cool to call someone out on something. The truth is, silence can be harmful.
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Intervention Programs for Abusive Behavior

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July 3, 2014
The question “Can my partner change?” is undoubtedly at the front of a person’s mind if they’re in a relationship with an abusive partner. There are many obstacles to leaving an abusive relationship, or reasons to want to stay. It only follows that we often desperately hope our partner changes their ways. While there’s no consensus on whether or not abusive partners can truly change, we know that some people do, but only when they genuinely want to change and devote themselves to doing so.
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Behind the Screens: Spyware and Domestic Violence

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June 25, 2014
As we’ve been discussing in our Behind the Screens series, mobile devices and computers can become tools for an abusive partner to manipulate, control, and shame a victim. They can also be used to spy.
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Hotline Focus Survey Provides Firsthand Look at Intersection of Firearms & Domestic Violence; Highlights Need for Stronger Laws and Equal Protection

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June 18, 2014
Today in Washington, DC, Rob Valente, National Domestic Violence Hotline policy expert presented highlights from a recent focus survey conducted by The Hotline on the use of firearms in domestic violence situations.
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Celebrate Father's Day with the Hotline

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June 9, 2014
This Father’s Day, we want to spread the message that male victims of domestic violence deserve support, resources, and hope for a healthy future. We also want to honor the many men who work to end abuse and serve as positive role models for their families and communities.
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What is Gaslighting?

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May 29, 2014
Gaslighting is an extremely effective form of emotional abuse that causes a victim to question their own feelings, instincts, and sanity, which gives the abusive partner a lot of power.

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Lisa

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