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Blog Archive

  • How Did I Get Here?

    When it comes to domestic violence, I have known several women who have said things like “I would just leave,” or “if you choose to stay, then you choose to be abused,” or “my brother/dad/guy friends would put an end to that.” I was one of these women. No way. Not me.
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  • Pinwheels

    I remember my childlike amusement with this neon green pinwheel that my mom bought for me one summer. Opening up my window, I would watch it spin through endless flickering revolutions.
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  • T-H-A-N-K-S!

    “I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.” Spoken originally by William Shakespeare and certainly felt by AWP staff and clients each day, these words cannot be expressed nearly enough to our selflessly dedicated volunteers.
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  • In Memory of Nicole

    Living in peaceful Bucks County, yet I find myself saying, “I know someone who was murdered.”
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  • All You Need Is Love

    Love is generally the source of good in our lives: it motivates us, it comforts us, and it heals us, among many other things. But, in the instances where abuse is present in a relationship, love can keep us trapped.
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  • Paws Down

    Who would have thought that my slobbery, four-pawed, velvet-eared, 95-pound canine would have more friends than me? The truth is, Tucker, my six-year-old golden retriever, is on the brink of becoming a full blown local celebrity.
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  • When It Comes To Domestic Violence, Prevention Starts With You!

    The elevator doors open and I can hear a couple arguing from down the hall. As I scramble to recover the house keys, I realize the shouting match is coming from my apartment. It’s my roommate and her boyfriend going at it again.
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  • Never Enough Days

    March is Women’s History Month – 31 days to celebrate women’s achievements, contributions, and accomplishments.
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  • Domestic Violence; A Serious Social Issue That Isn't Black and White

    “Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave” Indira Ghandi
    Forgiveness comes naturally to us. It is part of our human instinct. It can be crucial to finding peace and reconciliation within oneself. But can forgiving the wrong person cost you your life?

  • No More Week

    So what is No More Week? And why should you care? Despite all the progress being made in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault, these problems often remain hidden from public view.
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  • Women and History

    In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) co-sponsored a joint Congressional resolution proclaiming a national Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress expanded the celebration to a month, and March was declared Women’s History Month.
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  • Live Long and Prosper

    Okay, I admit it. I’m a Trekkie. Have been ever since the age of 10 when I stayed at my granny’s house over summer vacation. She had the first color TV that I’d ever seen and the local network played reruns of the original Star Trek series.
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  • Why Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Matters

    As a young teen in my first year of high school, there is a lot of ignorance that goes around that makes me really think… whether it’s overhearing a conversation or it’s happening right in front of my face.
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  • Be Your Own Valentine

    How many times have I not heard “he swept me off my feet” or “he was so sweet, the best thing that ever happened to me” or “I fell in love instantly.”
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  • I Like My Beer...

    Someone recently told me “there are always two sides to the story” referring to me telling the story of how I was treated in my abusive marriage.
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  • Standing for Super Bowl Sunday

    Super Bowl Sunday is almost upon us. (As I type this, the online Countdown to Kickoff tells me there are 4 days 8 hours 14 minutes and 46 seconds remaining.) In terms of most-watched programs in American television history, Super Bowls are right up there. It is literally a defining moment in history.
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  • The Generosity Marketplace

    As 2015 got underway, A Woman’s Place (AWP) announced a new alliance with another organization serving people in need in our community: the Coalition to Shelter and Support the Homeless (CSSH).
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  • Would you?

    This past week, as a relatively new staff member at A Woman’s Place (AWP), I attended five full days of Direct Service Training.
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  • I'm In This Room With You

    I was in my college computer lab, logged into my personal email account, composing an email. When I looked up at what I had written I saw the word “Hi” in the body of the email,instead of what I had typed.
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  • Short and Sweet

    As December was winding down, I was on the lookout for a simple New Year’s Resolution.
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  • Turkey Problem

    My first Christmas with the family I created was supposed to be perfect. My husband and I had just purchased our home and had our first daughter; we were beyond excited to start our own family traditions.
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  • Shape of a Holiday

    Every year, around this time, I rewind to Christmas in the mid-80s. For the sake of clarity, let’s say 1985.
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  • Reactions

    Domestic violence. Mass murder. I think the two terms evoke two very different images and perceptions from most people. I doubt that many people understand that the two are connected in an alarming amount of cases.
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  • And this one!

    The beaming three-year old picked up a holiday gift tag from among those scattered around the gift wrapping station and joyfully tucked it into the bag containing the Yuletide present he’d selected for his mother.
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  • Going Home

    Most of us take some time around the Thanksgiving holiday to really think about what we are grateful for. It’s something that I like to do as well, but this year I am having trouble.
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