Can An Abuser Change?

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Domestic violence is unpredictable. After an incident of abuse, some abusers may act remorseful and promise to “change” in an effort to maintain the relationship (read: secure more control). The question is: Can an abuser break this cycle and genuinely change? An abuser has the potential to change if he* first acknowledges that: What he […]

Turn Gratitude to Giving

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Although the Thanksgiving feast has past, we remain deeply seated in the season of gratitude and giving. Open your hearts to this wonderful article from Beth Morrison, CEO of Haven, and please consider “giving” to the many wonderful souls in our community who struggle daily to have their most basic needs met.  Never underestimate the […]

As Our Garden Grows…Please Help Support The Haven Garden Project

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“A garden is an idea, a space, an action. For some residents, the buzz of honey bees is a restful liturgy, for others, a busying activity for their talented, energetic children. Our garden is a culmination of the efforts and support of many people, and many hands. Please join us in helping the garden bear […]

Celebrating Michigan’s New Felony Strangulation Law

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It’s true. All of us working in advocacy land are genuinely thrilled about this new law that went into effect April 1, 2013. Of course it seems odd to be so excited about something so cryptic, but hear me out. This is a giant victory for batterer accountability and enhanced protection for survivors of abuse. […]

EXPOSURE 2013: Women’s Skateboarding Sponsorship

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I need your help to raise funds & awareness for my event! EXPOSURE is a benefit event that not only provides a much-needed avenue for pro and amateur female skateboarders to excel but this year has partnered with The Community Resource Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3),that raises money for victims of domestic violence. We encourage girls […]

If I were President of the United States……West Wing Fantasy World

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I’m exhausted by this election and I’m sure that you are as well. I rarely wish for time to fly but I know that I, and thousands of others, can’t wait for November 6 to come and go. At the same time, I still cling to the fact that I live in a country where […]

A Must Read! Drain the Swamp

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I don’t like mosquitoes and I have to admit the whole West Nile problem has me a bit freaked out. I am glad that health officials, scientists and others are working diligently to come up with solutions to the problem, and to decrease the incident rate of this scary and sometimes fatal disease. You may […]

Domestic Violence is Everywhere

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Last night I was behind a woman in line at the grocery store who was buying infant formula and a multi-pack of pregnancy tests. At first, I thought, “Wow, she has a lot going on.” Almost immediately after that, my mind went to domestic violence and reproductive coercion – in which batterers keep their partners […]

My Challenge to the Media

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I am predicting that in addition to the Olympics, the story of the summer will be the trial of Jerry Sandusky. The trial began in early June and is sure to keep the media talking for months to come. From the daily rehashing of testimony, the hours waiting for a verdict, and on to post […]

Celebrate Your Strength – Stand Up! Join HAVEN for Take Back the Night

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“We stand together and we stand strong, fighting for an end to sexual violence.” Take Back the Night will be held at Oakland University on Tuesday, April 17. The event will be open to the community from 5:00 — 9:00 p.m., with a concert following the event. Take Back the Night will include a motivational […]