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May 18 2007 Domestic Violence Newsletter Domestic Violence Newsletter

Greetings Everyone! Hope everyone has a great weekend. This week continues the discussion about Elder Abuse.  The topic of this week's article is signs and symptoms of elder abuse. You will find the link below.

I have made it to my 3 year anniversary of being away from my abuser for good. This past month has been rough mentally for me. Not only do the old memories crop up but I got married to Chuck on May 5th. We have known each other for 5 years. We dated briefly during one of my break ups with my abuser and then when I started the process of leaving my abuser, he was one of the people who helped me get away. If it weren't for him and a few other people, I probably wouldn't be writing this right now.

Here's the latest article from the Buddhism site at

Here's the latest article from the Domestic Violence site at

Elder Abuse – Signs and Symptoms
This article talks about what to look for you if suspect an elderly person you know or help care for is being abused.

There is a lot of other information on the site if this article doesn't interest you. Simply visit for more great articles!

Recent Articles

Did you miss a newsletter or two? Here are the last two articles I posted on the Domestic Violence Site!

Elder Abuse Defined

A look at the different types of abuse that our elderly populations may become victims to.

Body Memories

Also known as Somatic Memories, occur frequently in survivors of abuse. These memories can be triggered from physical or sexual abuse at any age.

The Forums

The forum area has really taken off the past few months and I thank all of you who have come to discuss issues with others. We have many woman who come to the forums seeking advice on many different topics. Any imput we can give one another can make a difference. I encourage you to come help other woman out in their situations or come to post a question and get feedback!


A reader is working on a book of survivors stories. Here is what she posted in the forum to us about what she is looking for:

"One of the many things that continues to amaze me about family violence abuse survivors is their ability to play pretend and live their lives as though everything was normal in thier home.
I have been so intrigued by this since I too played the same game for many years prior to leaving 2 years ago. I have gotten a grant to put together a collection of stories from women who played the game and would love it any survivors were interested in sharing their personal stories. I have advertised across canada and have some wonderful peoms and short stories but it occurred to me that this forum was where I first voiced my own thoughts about the pain/anger/sadness etc I was feeling when I finally had the courage to leave. If anyone is interested, the safest bet would be for me to post a post office box number where the submissions could be mailed. If used, a small honorarium would be paid to the writer if she felt safe enough to receive a cheque.
Let me hear from you and if there is interest, I will post a box number. I am using only first names or initials for the writer's names. This is my way of ensuring that people are aware of survivors and victims and how hard it is for them.

If you want to learn more, here is the link to the post in the forum


Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
BellaOnline's Body Image Editor

If You Need Help, Where Do You Go? - I really enjoyed this article. It lists types of help out there available for counseling and what they can and can't do for you. It is a good starting point if you are interested in finding help for any issue.


Leah Mullen
BellaOnline's Life Coaching Editor

Are You Right Back Where You Started?  - An article that really makes you think of where you have come from and where you are going.

Have fun passing this message along to family and friends, because we all love free knowledge!

Jeanette Stingley, Domestic Violence and Buddhism Editor

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