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Jenny Allen’s Voice – Life after Domestic Violence

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Once a person has left an abusive relationship there will be a period of adjustment and healing.

There are a few things a survivor can do to start a new life.

  1. Take time and space for yourself
  2. Seek counselling and emotional help
  3. Learn a new skill
  4. Be creative. Take up drawing, painting or writing.

Life after DV is a daily walk of healing and discovery. My prayer for each survivor is that they will see the beauty of who they are both inside and out.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for taking this journey with me and I pray you will join me in raising awareness.

Jenny Allen’s Voice ~ 3 Myths about Domestic Violence (Part 1)

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There are so many myths surrounding domestic violence (DV). In this post and my next post I will be sharing six of these myths

Myth 1 ~  Domestic Violence is not common

  • DV facts show that it is very common. In the US a woman is beaten every 9 seconds by a man.
  • DV is the leading cause of injury to women.
  • 5.3 million women will be abused this year in the USA. Of these women 3 to 4 are killed each day by partners or former partners.
  • An estimated 1.4 million women and 700,000 men in the UK have suffered domestic abuse in 2014, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)
  • According to the ONS, 4.9 million women, or 28%, and 2.4 million men, or nearly 15%, have experienced some form of domestic abuse since the age of 16.

Myth 2 ~  Domestic Violence is an anger control issue

DV has nothing to do with anger. Anger is a tool used by abusers to get what they want and it is more to do with domination and control.

Myth 3 ~ DV happens only once or twice in a relationship.

Abusers usually escalate violent behaviours in frequency and intensity over time.

For further information please visit www.womensaid.org.uk. Please also take a moment to watch the video below.

References www.agape-aid.org and www.usatoday.com(accessed 25.08.2015)

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/12/14-million-women-suffered-domestic-abuse-last-year-ons-figures-show. (Accessed 02.10.15)

Dear Father God Letters ~ A Prayer for Domestic Violence Victims 

Dear Father God,

I just pray and lift up to you any victims of domestic violence who are reading this prayer. Lord you know the shame and guilt that they feel. How hurt and stripped they feel of their dignity and self esteem. Father by your loving touch start a new work in their heart and mind. Bring about total restoration to everything they have lost and valued. 

Restore their confidence, their sense of self worth. Jesus you are touched by the feeling of their infirmity and pain. Father God bring them to a place of safety in the heart and mind. Touch them In their inner most being where they need a special touch from you. Give them the courage they need to move out of the situation they are in.

Lord from this experience show them how to use it as a stepping stone to touch others who have been in a similar situation and to help them move on with their lives, In Jesus Name Amen.

  

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