Friday, November 18, 2011

Help for the Domestic Violence Victim

She got flowers! It wasn't her birthday or any other special day.

They had their first fight and he said many cruel things that really hurt her.
She knows that he is sorry and that he would not say them again because he sent her flowers.

... She received flowers again! It was not for their anniversary or any other special day.

Last night, he pushed her against a wall and started to choke her. It seemed like a nightmare,
she couldn't believe it was real.
When she woke the next morning her body was painful and bruised.
She knows that he must be sorry because he sent her flowers to forgive.

She received flowers yet again! And this was not mother's day or any other special day.

Once again, he has beaten her, it was much more violent than other times.
If She leaves, what would she do? How would she care for her children?
And financial problems? She is afraid of him but is scared to go.
But she knows that he must be sorry because, as usual, he sent her flowers to forgive.

Today, was a very special day!
She have received piles of bouquets of flowers from all those who knew her and who loved her!

Today was her funeral.
Last night, he finally killed her. He beat her to death.
If only She had found enough courage to leave,
She would have not received so many flowers today! 

                                                ~~Thank you for sharing this on facebook  Lynn~~

Been there, done that and soooo glad it is over. The sad thing is people say stupid things like "she must like it....she hasn't left", or "why doesn't she just leave?". They don't understand the fear and don't realize that some of these scumbags track her down and kill her, some start by killing or hurting her friends, family, etc.... It isn't easy at all. Sometimes in these situations, he won't let her work, therefore, she has no money to get out with, some have no family or real friends to turn to.

If  someone you know is abused here is how you can be that friend they can turn to.

  • Listen to her story and validate her feelings. Even if you know her husband and can’t believe he would do what she is telling you, keep an open mind and give her an opportunity to tell her story.
  • Be aware that she may not see herself as an “abused woman.” Let her know that abuse of any kind is wrong, and name the behavior for what it is without verbally attacking the abuser.
  • Acknowledge her bravery and courage in breaking the silence and seeking help. Realize that she may feel like she is betraying her husband by talking about the abuse. Help her understand she has done the right thing for the whole family to seek help.
  • Assess her level of safety by asking questions about what is currently going on and what abuse has taken place in the past. Ask her to describe her husband’s behavior in various scenarios.
  • Be supportive, but do not tell her what to do. Give her options that will help her make decisions for herself. If she decides to go to a shelter, call a crisis hotline, or make other arrangements to leave, give her the phone number and let her make the call herself. This allows her to be responsible for her own decisions. Exception: In a crisis when she is in danger, take action to help her get to safety.
  • Keep your conversation confidential, and DO NOT contact the abuser to tell him you have been talking to his wife (unless she gives you permission to do so). If he contacts you, DO NOT divulge any information, especially if she has been taken to a safe location. You could endanger her life!
  • Never advise a woman to return home to work things out with her abuser if she has been physically battered or if her life has been threatened. You will place her in greater harm!
  • If the victim chooses to return home against your advice, make sure she knows how to contact you if she needs help. Find out when it would be okay for you to call and find out how she is doing. Don’t try to force her into making a decision she is not ready to make.
  • Realize that you have only heard a part of the story. Don’t minimize the seriousness of the situation just because the victim appears to be strong and brave, or because you can’t believe her husband would act that way. Ask questions and be an attentive listener as the story unfolds.
  • Don’t spend much time deciding who provoked whom. When you see dynamics of fear and control at work in the marriage, it is the abusive behavior that must be confronted.
  • Never counsel the abuser and victim together. It puts the victim in more danger and gives the abuser more power. Most victims will not feel free to talk about what is really going on in the home if the abuser is sitting next to her. He will try to control the conversation and intimidate the victim with words or a look that lets her know she should keep her mouth shut if she knows what’s good for her.
  • Marriage counseling does not work in domestic violence situations.
  • Anger management classes do not work in domestic violence situations. The abuser may learn how to divert his anger from physical abuse to verbal or emotional abuse, but unless his opinions about women and feelings of entitlement are changed, he will repeat his behavior.
  • If the abuser is a member of your church and wants to meet with you, do so in a location where he will not come into contact with his wife.
  • Do not expect him to admit being abusive. He may suggest his wife is mentally unstable and demonstrate a false concern about her mental health. He will minimize his behavior or blame his actions on his wife’s behavior.
  • Refer the victim and abuser to professionals who are experienced with domestic violence issues. Don’t try to deal with the problem alone.
  • Don’t fall for the abuser’s claim that he has changed, even if he does admit being abusive. He may claim a conversion experience, and even if it is real, he should still be held accountable for his actions. An apology, tears, promises, or a religious experience does not eliminate the need for maintaining safety until the change can be verified by time and professional counselors.
  • Do not encourage reconciliation too soon. In the case of physical abuse, safety is the priority. If the abuser has truly changed and wants to do whatever is necessary to restore the marriage, he will be willing to wait as long as it takes to prove himself and rebuild trust.

Ask Questions!

  • When the two of you argue or have a very bad fight, what happens?
  • Do you ever feel frightened of him?
  • Are you free to speak freely to him? What happens when you express an opinion that is different from his?
  • Does he ever throw things or punch holes with his fist?
  • How does he speak to you when he is angry or frustrated?
  • Does he pressure you to have sex when you don’t want to?
  • How does he react when you want to go out with friends or family?
  • Has he ever slapped or pushed you, hit you or threatened you?
  • Have you told anyone?

A woman is in imminent danger if . . .

  • He has threatened her life. Take it seriously!
  • He has weapons in the house or has recently bought a gun.
  • He has locked her in the house.
  • He has killed or injured her pet.
  • She sustained multiple injuries each time he battered her in the past.
  • She has threatened to leave, and he has threatened to hurt or kill himself, the children, and her if she leaves.
  • He talks about dreams involving murder (either hers or his).

Wrong Things To Say To A Battered Woman:

  • What did you do to provoke him?
  • Pray harder—prayer changes things.
  • Go home and cook your husband his favorite meal, put on your best dress, and give him a little more attention.
  • You must do whatever you can to hold your marriage together, even if it means suffering for Jesus.
  • The Bible says your husband is the head of your household. If you submit to him and become more obedient, he will not resort to violence.
  • Your children need a father, so it is up to you to keep the family together

Statements of Affirmation To The Victim:

  • You are not alone.
  • Abuse is wrong. It is not your fault.
  • You did not deserve being hit.
  • You are not responsible for his behavior.
  • You have a right to see your family.
  • No one deserves to be talked to that way.
  • Your first responsibility is to protect yourself and your children.
  • God does not condone abuse. He wants you to be safe.
  • God will not abandon you regardless of your choices.
  • This info was found at

National Domestic Violence Hotline
For victims in the US, this site has a hotline service, information about domestic violence, and statistics.
Silent Tears*broken*
An online support and referral group providing support to all victims of domestic abuse. This site offers extensive support, once you become a member: privately hosted support chats; a volunteer staff; three online programs, including one on self-esteem; a bi-weekly e-newsletter, safety plans, and a resource area.
Stop Abuse For Everyone
Stop Abuse For Everyone (SAFE) is an organization that provides advocacy, publications, and training for victims of domestic violence that often are often overlooked by other services, especially straight men, gay men, lesbians, teens, the elderly, and immigrants.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Just rest for a moment. It's OK. Yes, things are crazy, yes, the world is going nuts. Yet, deep underneath the stormy waves, there, in the core of your being, there is pure silence, pure love. And ... it's ... just ... OK.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Two Steps forward and blam!

Do you ever feel that everytime you take 2 steps forward it is only to slam into another wall?  This is something that happens in all aspects of life including, relationships, business, leisure and it is all so frustrating.

Here are some things you can to do relieve that frustration:

Physical activity, execrise, a long walk often helps.
Also, watch a movie, listen to uplifting music, anything to distract you from your negative thoughts.

Turn to God in prayer!
Keep it real admit your frustrations before God.  He knows how you feel anyway!  Then ask Him to show you a token of His goodness.

Take your personal power back which you do by choosing what you want in your life.

Seek to accept yourself for who you are, no matter what others' opinions are and you will be a happy person

 Let it flow out of your mind and body. Your mind or body holds the frustration or tension and if you fail to let it out, it just keeps building up.

Talk with someone close or clear your doubts with the person who is its source. Try centering your discussion around the issue that caused your frustration.

Write out your frustrated feelings. It will help you in relaxing your mind and relieving it off the frustrated thoughts.

Being patient is the key to managing your frustration.

The Dew Drop

The Dew Drop

Peter Hughes

As the sun rose, a dew drop became aware of its surroundings. There it sat on a leaf, catching the sunlight and throwing it back out. Proud of its simple beauty, it was very content. Around it were other dew drops, some on the same leaf and some on other leaves round about. The dew drop was sure that it was the best, the most special dew drop of them all.

Ah, it was good to be a dew drop.

The wind rose and the plant began to shake, tipping the leaf. Terror gripped the dew drop as gravity pulled it towards the edge of the leaf, towards the unknown. Why? Why was this happening? Things were comfortable. Things were safe. Why did they have to change? Why? Why?

The dew drop reached the edge of the leaf. It was terrified, certain that it would be smashed into a thousand pieces below, sure that this was the end. The day had only just begun and the end had come so quickly. It seemed so unfair. It seemed so meaningless. It tried desperately to do whatever it could to cling to the leaf, but it was no use.

Finally, it let go, surrendering to the pull of gravity. Down, down it fell. Below there seemed to be a mirror. A reflection of itself seemed to be coming up to meet the dew drop. Closer and closer they came together until finally...

And then the fear transformed into deep joy as the tiny dew drop merged with the vastness that was the pond. Now the dew drop was no more, but it was not destroyed.

It had become one with the whole.


Saturday, November 12, 2011


If all you had to do was wish for something and you would have it, life would be pretty boring, wouldn't it? God placed barriers between us and what we want, so we can enjoy interesting and satisfying lives. God hid our biggest rewards behind the highest barriers - our deepest fears. God wants us to face our fears, and hold ground in their presence, and let them go, and that's how we get out biggest rewards. What are you most afraid of? Say it, just start by saying it.