Very few relationships are violent or abusive from the first date.
That's the insidiousness of domestic or dating violence: the gradual eroding of one person's sense of confidence, of self, of value, of reality ... and the gradual assumption of more and more power and control by the abuser.
But what if we could see the signs, the red flags before we (or someone we care about) is sucked into the vortex of an abusive relationship?
We can. It's not easy, but we can.
For more information on UWS's event Love and Bruises: Lessons from Domestic and Dating Violence, click here. Scott Miller, of the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project is the keynote speaker, and there will be a TED Talk event and a panel discussion.
For more information, or if you or someone you know needs help or advice, free and confidential help is available from CASDA (Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse), PAVSA (Program For Aid To Victims of Sexual Assault), DAIP (Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs), Safe Haven Shelter and Resource Center and the Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Response Team of Douglas County.