Domestic Violence is Everyone’s Problem

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If you’ve been lucky enough to be in healthy, non-violent relationships your entire life you should remember that not everyone is so fortunate.  In fact, the statistics about domestic violence are shocking and disturbing:

  • Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States.

    Patricia Tjaden & Nancy Thoennes, U.S. Dep’t of Just., NCJ 183781, Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, at iv (2000), available at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/pubs-sum/183781.htm

  • Intimate partner violence made up 20% of all nonfatal violent crime experienced by women in 2001.

    Callie Marie Rennison, U.S. Dep’t of Just., NCJ 197838, Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief: Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, at 1 (2003), available at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/ipv01.pdf

  • According to the U.S. Department of Justice, between 1998 and 2002:
    • Of the almost 3.5 million violent crimes committed against family members, 49% of these were crimes against spouses.
    • 84% of spouse abuse victims were females, and 86% of victims of dating partner abuse at were female.
    • Males were 83% of spouse murderers and 75% of dating partner murderers
    • 50% of offenders in state prison for spousal abuse had killed their victims. Wives were more likely than husbands to be killed by their spouses: wives were about half of all spouses in the population in 2002, but 81% of all persons killed by their spouse.

      Matthew R. Durose et al., U.S. Dep’t of Just., NCJ 207846, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Family Violence Statistics: Including Statistics on Strangers and Acquaintances, at 31-32 (2005), available at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/fvs.pdf

The chances of someone you know and love living in an abusive relationship are staggeringly high.  No matter what your personal situation is, every single woman needs to be an activist for domestic violence awarness and prevention.

Check out this amazing new project:  a documentary entitled Power and Control. Part of the challenge with domestic violence is helping people realize why the victims stay; and what has to happen for them to be able to leave an abusive partner.

It is easy to look away.  Domestic violence is ugly, and terrifying even for those looking on.  No one wants to be responsible for someone else’s relationship.  But it is important to provide support–individually and as a society–for women who really want to break free and live a life free from fear and pain.

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Vivo Barefoot!

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The barefoot revolution is here.  A whole new line of shoes which calls itself Vivo Barefoot is now helping people rediscover the tactile experience of walking barefoot by using a super thin sole.

That’s right–Vivo Barefoot’s sole is so thin that you can roll up your shoes and put them in your pocket.  Your feet are able to read the terrain with the millions of nerve endings in the bottom of your feet.  You can literally feel the ground under your feet which gives you better balance and helps you maintain foot and spinal health.  Professional and amateur athletes have reported enhanced performance in their game because they are much more in tune with their bodies.

Shoes are traditionally very bad for us, trapping our sensitive feet inside hard shells and keeping them from any sensation.  In cultures where shoes are not worn most of the time, foot disease almost unheard of.  It may take a little time to start with, but once you’re used to walking with your body in touch with the planet at all times; you’ll wonder why it took you so long to “go barefoot.”

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Women in Art

If you haven’t seen this, check it out.  Five hundred years of women in art, morphing into one another.

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WildEarth.tv

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Love animals and nature?  Dream of going on safari?  Now you can experience the wilds  of Africa 24/7 from the comfort of your own home.  WildEarth.tv has live streaming video of the Djuma Private Game Reserve.  You can watch real wildlife from lions to hippos going about their business, and listen to the bird calls and other natural sounds from the African bush.

Keep up with the WildEarth.tv Blog.  And see archived footage of some of the most exciting video clips from the rangers at the reserve.

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Oprah and Friends on Domestic Violence

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Facts About Heart Disease in Women…

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  • One-third of all deaths in women globally are from heart disease.
  • In the U.S. 435,000 women suffer from heart attacks annually.
  • 42% of all women who have heart attacks die within a year after.
  • Heart attacks kill six times as many women as breast cancer.
  • Women who smoke suffer from heart attacks on an average of 19 years earlier than women who do not smoke.
  • 8 million women in the U.S. are living with heart disease.

Heart disease is a serious issue in the U.S. and around the world.  It is important to know if you are at risk of heart disease by knowing your family history, monitoring your diet and exercise, and paying attention to early symptoms.

Learn more about heart disease and how you can prevent it at the American Heart Association’s special site for women called Go Red For Women.  You can also join in an awarenss campaign and let other people know about the increasing dangers of heart disease in women.

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Diet and Weight Loss

A scientific discussion of how to lose weight by Radhia Gleis, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling and M.Ed. in Nutrition.

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