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Blog Archive

  • Now that the Olympics have concluded, we wanted to share the final blog of our Teen Dating Violence Awareness blog series. Alex, a YAAB member, weighs in on a serious issue that has been left behind by our ever-churning 24-hour news cycle, but still bears incredible relevance.

  • High Schooler Shichen talks about recognizing signs of abuse in teen dating relationships and what teens can do if someone they know is involved in an abusive relationship.

  • As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, it can be easy to overlook the importance of showing our community’s teachers and educators the appreciation and gratitude they deserve for everything they do for our children. Read More...

  • This February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and me, along with everybody else at A Woman’s Place, whether it be staff members or fellow volunteers, consider this special month a time to raise awareness in our community and, more importantly, to be aware ourselves. Read More...

  • February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, which calls for action in educating teens and adolescents on what healthy relationships are, as well as how to recognize and react to unhealthy relationships. Read More...

  • It’s often said in nonprofit circles that the ultimate goal of any nonprofit organization should be to eliminate the need to exist. Read More...

  • If you know me, you’re probably thinking that I’ve completely gone off my rocker to write a blog about silence. Read more...

  • The holiday season is back! And it’s crazy, fast, and rushed; multiple weeks with too many calories and not enough free time to complete your tasks. Read More...

  • When I first set foot in the AWP Emergency Shelter in mid-June this past summer, I did not know what to expect. What would I be doing there? Would the clients like me? Would I enjoy this opportunity? Read More...

  • I’m new here. My title is “manager of corporate and foundation relations,” but all that really means is that my job is to tell a compelling story to businesses and foundations about the work we do. This is what I do for a living in the nonprofit world: I’m a story teller. Read More...

  • While we sit around the dinner table and I look back and forth between my moms, I remember how it was hard to understand, as a kid, that it was okay to have a different family. Read more...

  • My name is Madeleine Weick and I have just completed a 10 week internship with A Woman’s Place (AWP) through Foundation’s Community Partnerships’ Summer Youth Corps program. Read more...

  • June is Pride Month, a month of celebration and an opportunity to show support to the LGBTQA+ community.
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  • Granddad died when I was quite young. When I was 20-something, my dad once remarked how much he missed talking with him. He wished he could still seek granddad’s advice, benefit from his experience. Dad passed a few years ago also, so I now understand that occasional yearning for paternal wisdom all too well.
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  • Are you okay? You look sad? What’s the matter? Is something bothering you? Have you ever heard this when you didn’t want to be asked?
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  • My first question to myself was what is Advocacy Day? As an employee of A Woman’s Place and new member of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition (BCWAC), I had heard a lot about the infamous Advocacy Day but I did not know what the day had in store for me. Boy was I in for a treat!
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  • Flowers and a meal are predictable Mother’s Day offerings. Are you seeking a different experience this year?
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  • I’ve always been fascinated with folklore. I couldn’t settle for Disney; I wanted to see different versions of every fairytale. In my teens, my brother complained about me reading the Brothers Grimm despite the gore between the pages. In college,
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  • I’ll never forget the phone call that Friday morning from my son. Now a freshman at the University of Maine, Josh was 16 at the time, still a junior in high school. “Dad, a girl was stabbed at school this morning.”
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  • It snows often in Happy Valley. Rarely enough to amount to anything, but just enough to look pretty (and, sometimes, be annoying). My sophomore year at Penn State, however, St. Valentine gave us work-weary students a blessed gift: the one and only snow day I can remember during my four years of undergrad. Yes, classes were cancelled on Valentine’s Day!
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  • By glancing at the title, you might assume that this will be about someone’s first boyfriend or girlfriend. But I am talking about a different kind of love, a love that has been forgotten, or in some cases never known.
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  • “At least we stayed married,” is just another one-liner you don’t want to hear. Being in a domestically abusive family that never separates can be testing on a child’s soul. When a parent constantly talks about divorce but never gets one can cause a child to envy peers with divorced parents.
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  • No one truly knows how strong they are until summoned to learn. If you are living your life, chances are you’ve already put your inner strength to the test. Every day we are faced with some form of adversity from losing a job, getting divorced, or feeling alone to the severity of disease, poverty or sheer survival.
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  • How are YOU going to make 2016 be a BETTER year for YOU? I hope you received a few gifts during the holidays and that not only did you receive them, but also that you opened them and are now using them.
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We Have All Had Bad Days

By Shichen Nie

We have all had bad days, whether it is at school, work or in a relationship and have all said or done things we later regret, but abuse is different than having a bad day; it is defined as a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another. Abuse in teen dating relationships is especially common as teens can sometimes be immature and spontaneous. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Potential signs of dating violence include:

·      Checking cell phones, emails or social networks without permission

·      Extreme jealousy or insecurity

·      Constant belittling or put-downs

·      Explosive temper

·      Isolation from family and friends

·      Making false accusations

·      Constant mood swings towards you

·      Physically inflicting pain or hurt in any way

·      Possessiveness

·      Telling someone what to do

·      Repeatedly pressuring someone to have sex

With these signs in mind, if you see your friend or someone you know showing these signs, go up to them and offer help or seek an adult for help. It is not easy to speak up. But this February, I challenge everyone to recognize the signs of dating violence and help those in need.

It is important to be aware and recognize abuse early in a relationship, as the physical and mental abuse in a relationship tends to get worse as time go on. It is important to be aware of teen dating abuse so that who ever needs help can receive the help he or she needs.

At A Woman’s place, we help victims of domestic abuse. I volunteer at the administrative office in A Woman’s Place, and I help with many things from organizing donations to organizing paper works. Volunteering at A Woman’s Place makes me feel like what I do matters.