Domestic Violence is Everywhere


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 […]

Laura Berman’s Disturbing Article from the Detroit News


By Andrea Redman, HAVEN Therapist As a victim advocate and counselor for adults and child victims of sexual abuse I am more than doubly disturbed by the points Laura Berman has made in the article, “Peeping Case Doubly Troubling” which appeared in her column with the Detroit News on December 8, 2011. Laura Berman’s article […]

What Does a Creator Look Like?


Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. -Victor Frankel Between stimulus and response my brother-in-law Neil, diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), chose to live in joy. He chose to connect with family and friends […]

Real Men. Real Allies.


Before 2005, I was oblivious to issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. I associated such issues with women, and placed the responsibility of addressing them into their hands. I thought I had no role and was in no way responsible for what countless women experience every day all over the world. After accepting invitations […]

Stalking Awareness


Over the past few days, we have seen several very troubling and downright scary news stories in the media.  First was the story of a female bank employee that was stalked by a male customer, Aundrey Wiley, which ended when he broke into her home and then awaited her arrival (with duct tape, zip ties, condoms, […]

Take A Stand Against The New York Times


Tuesday was International Women’s Day, a day to reflect on the historic struggles and triumphs of women as well as to bring an awareness to the plight and oppression of women around the globe. I’m sure on tonight’s national news broadcasts in the US, there will be focus on the horrific living conditions and daily […]