Domestic Violence – Self-Care

Domestic Violence Awareness Month began with the first Day of Unity observed in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Read more…

Domestic Violence – “Accidents”

Domestic violence is one of the most significant violence issues in our communities. It may also be one of the  more preventable types of violence. But prevention requires awareness and knowledge of the violence dynamics involved. It also requires action.

Many years ago, I lived two houses down from a young woman in her twenties. She was married and had a toddler. One evening, as I came home from work, I saw her in her yard.  She had a black eye and bruises on her face. It was an accident, she said. She had fallen and hit her face. I was a young attorney, pre-occupied with a trial, and I didn’t pursue the issue. I didn’t do anything to support her or to refer her to resources. And neither did the other neighbor who lived next door to the woman and had heard her screaming.

This woman is no longer alive. Her husband shot her in their home a few years later, by accident, he said. He was never charged.

You can start with educating yourself on domestic violence issues. You can learn about supporting a friend or acquaintance that you know or suspect is being abused by a partner or spouse. But bear in mind that ultimately people subjected to abuse must make their own decisions on what actions to take.

It’s also important to remember that abusers often burt their partners without leaving any obvious signs like visible bruises or black eyes. Abuse often starts with emotional and/or mental intimidation, manipulation, coercion, and control tactics. Abusers often isolate their partners from friends, family, co-workers, and others.  to learn more call your local domestic violence organization support line.

Here are some resources:

Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (providing contact information for Montana domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking resources as well as other state and national resources)

National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence

National Network to End Domestic Violence

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

National Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center



Domestic Violence – Wearing Purple isn’t Enough

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. But awareness or wearing the color purple isn’t enough; it’s only a start. Inform yourself, get involved, become part of the movement to make lives better.

Here are some events this week:
Bozeman, October 8th, Taste of HAVEN
Dillon, October 8, Dillon Women’s Resource Center Women’s Symposium

What is domestic violence? What do you associate with the term domestic violence?

Domestic violence can be described as the systematic use of physical, emotional, mental, economic, and/or sexual abuse tactics to gain and maintain power and control in an intimate relationship.

Abusive partners often isolates their partners from friends, family, acquaintances, co-workers and others. Isolation is one factor to watch for.

If you are interested in learning about how to help someone in an abusive relationship, contact your state domestic violence coalition. They may have resources for you or refer you to your local organizations.

Here are some resources:

Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence

National Network to End Domestic Violence

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

National Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center




Human Trafficking Resources

Human Trafficking Resources

Montana Department of Justice

Montana Code Annotated 2015 on Human Trafficking 

National Human Trafficking Resource Center  Tel 1.888.373.7888

Survivors’ Guide to Leaving

Polaris Project

Online Training for Educators 

Human Trafficking in US Schools  (a resource for educators from the US Department of Education)

National Educators to Stop Trafficking (NEST)

Trafficking Resources for Law Enforcement

TIPS Report 2015

Human Trafficking Search Net

Shared Hope 

Not For Sale 

Trafficking Indicators

2014 Mansfield Conference Resources

National Domestic Violence Hotline, 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence 

National Sexual Assault Hotline,  RAINN, 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

Dating Violence National Dating Abuse Helpline, 24 hour Hotline: 1-866-331-9474

Love is Respect

Runaway and Homeless Youth National Runaway Safeline, 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)

Missing Children and Child Pornography National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678)

Suicide National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Montana Anti-Trafficking Project

Don’t Ignore Violence Next Door

Niagara Falls

The recent bombings at the Boston Marathon and last year’s elementary school shooting in Connecticut have captured people’s attention. The media have inundated us with coverage about these horrendous acts of violence. People are outraged, to the extent that no-one wanted to provide a grave site for the dead Boston bomber.

Yet another type of violent criminal that lives in almost every community often escapes any repercussions or legal responsibility. Many people forget, ignore, or maybe aren’t even aware of  the violence that happens regularly in their neighborhoods. Read more…

Stalking Awareness Month

January is Stalking Awareness month. Stalking is a crime under Montana law and under the law of the every other state in the United States. It is also a crime under federal law. Read more…

More on Stalking


Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person substantial emotional distress or fear of  harm.

Stalking is pervasive, destructive, dangerous, and potentially lethal.

3.4 million people are stalked each year in the United States.

Stalking is a crime in all 50 states of the United States. Do you know your state’s stalking laws?

Visit for more info.

For Montana, see Montana stalking law

January is Stalking Awareness Month

January is National Stalking Awareness Month, a time to focus on a crime that affects 3.4 million victims a year.1 This year’s theme-“Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It.- challenges the nation to fight this dangerous crime by learning more about it. Read more…

Nearly 1 in 5 women raped in their lifetime

The CDC recently released the 2010 Findings of its National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. Read more…

Don’t Just say “No” to Violence – Take Action

Asking people to “Just Say No” can be an excuse for not doing any more than trumpeting a tired slogan. Without more, it’s a meaningless phrase – an excuse, not to take action.

Read more…