Facts and Fantasies
Signs of Domestic Violence
Each year, two million women in the United States suffer from domestic violence. The women of the Outreach Committee created their own method of erasing spousal abuse. One that would not work in the real world. They all agree that recognizing the signs of abusive behavior from the beginning -- and avoiding the person displaying them -- is a woman’s best defense. Some early signs of abuse to look for in a budding relationship:
• Jealousy when you speak to others
• Isolating you from your family and friends
• Making you responsible for his feelings
• Blaming others for his problems or mistakes
• Unrealistic expectations for you or your relationship.
• He’s easily insulted
Woodhams’ Words of Wisdom for Writers
Writers work alone; theirs is a solitary existence. We may be our own best critics, but our work shines with the knowledgeable input of others. Was the voice you chose for a character the right one? Would that character act in the manner you’ve devised? Is the plot believable? Are your sentences too long – or too short? Grammar correct? A writer looking for like minded groups will find several categories of organizations:
• A critique group whose members regularly meet for the express purpose of reading and critiquing each others’ work and developing the craft of writing; Example: The North County Writers Bloc.
• A group featuring inspiring speakers who are successful writers. Example: LA’s Southwest Manuscripters; NAWLA (Los Angeles); Sisters In Crime.
• Groups who educate us on the business of writing and publishing. Example: Writers and Publishers of San Diego; Read Local San Diego.
• On line writers’ blogs which discuss all aspects of writing.
• Don’t forget writers conferences which give the writers opportunities to promote their work to agents and publishers.
About My Blog
While researching material for my suspense novel, The Outreach Committee
, I found many articles defining
domestic violence, but few concrete plans for breaking free. Therefore, I’ve established a blog,
My purpose of the blog is to give abused women ideas on how to escape the horrors they face at
home each and every day. If you know of anyone who has broken free from abuse, or someone who is
considering escape, please refer them to this blog.
We’ll start by talking about the origin of man’s abuse of women. Next, we’ll discuss the signs of
a developing abusive relationship that a woman in love may overlook. Coping mechanisms while still in
the abusive environment will be important to those not yet ready to leave. The most useful comments
will be from the women who share their success stories for others to consider.
Please visit womenbreakfreefromabuse.wordpress.com,
join us, and contribute your thoughts and break-free experience.