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Holiday Safety Series: Home Security Holiday Safety Tips

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Holiday Safety Series: Home Security Holiday Safety Tips

‘Tis the season to NOT be burglarized. Even though home burglaries spike in the month of December, you can keep your home safe with these holiday home security safety tips.

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Holiday Safety Series: Holiday Party Safety Tips

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Holiday Safety Series: Holiday Party Safety Tips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is upon us and there will be plenty of holiday parties to attend over the next few weeks. You’ve got the perfect holiday dress. You’ve got the perfect gift for the hostess. Let’s make sure you have the perfect evening with these holiday party safety tips!

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Shoulder Surfers, Windshield Bait & Other Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

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Shoulder Surfers, Windshield Bait & Other Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

The holiday spirit is in full swing this time of year. Unfortunately, so are the opportunistic criminals. Keep your holiday shopping safe and crime-free with these 8 holiday shopping safety tips.

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Holiday Safety Series: Holiday Travel Safety Tips

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Holiday Safety Series: Holiday Travel Safety Tips

Thanksgiving and Christmas are the busiest travel times of the year. From flight delays to traffic jams, you can be prepared for any emergency. Take the stress out of your holiday travel plans with a few simple safety precautions in advance.

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Is a Stun Gun the Right Self Defense Choice For You? | Pros and Cons of Stun Guns

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Is a Stun Gun the Right Self Defense Choice For You? | Pros and Cons of Stun Guns

Pepper sprays and stun guns each has their advantages and disadvantages in different personal defense scenarios. Weighing these out in relation to how they fit into your lifestyle provides you with the opportunity to develop your individualized self-defense plan. Here’s a list of the pros and cons of choosing a stun gun as a self-defense option.

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Is Pepper Spray Right For You? | Pros and Cons of Pepper Spray Self Defense

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Is Pepper Spray Right For You? | Pros and Cons of Pepper Spray Self Defense

Pepper spray has its’ advantages and disadvantages in different self-defense scenarios and it’s important to understand these so that you can maximize your self-defense abilities. Here’s a list of the major pros and cons to pepper spray self defense so you can decide if it's the right choice for you.

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The Health Benefits of Self Defense Training

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The Health Benefits of Self Defense Training

Learning self-defense not only equips you to defend yourself, it also improves your physical, mental and emotional health. Here’s some of the awesome ways your whole-health can greatly benefit from self-defense training.

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How to Use Improvised Self-Defense with Items You're Wearing

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How to Use Improvised Self-Defense with Items You're Wearing

What should you do if you own a stun gun or pepper spray and don’t have it with you when an attacker strikes? You need to learn improvised self-defense. Defense Divas has you covered with a list of creative ways that you can use the clothes you are wearing and the items in your purse to defend yourself.

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10 Dog Attack Self-Defense Tips

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10 Dog Attack Self-Defense Tips

Even the kindest dog can become viscous if it feels vulnerable or cornered. Learning these 10 dog attack self-defense tips will greatly increase your chance to de-escalate, avoid and survive a dog attack without injuries to either of you.

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Household Items You Can Use for Self Defense

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Household Items You Can Use for Self Defense

Defense Divas® has compiled a list of everyday items found in your home that can be used to defend yourself in an emergency. Remember, your priority in a self-defense situation is always to escape and get help. Anything that opens a window of opportunity for you to escape is beneficial to your personal safety plan.

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3 Free Personal Safety Apps You Should Download Today

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3 Free Personal Safety Apps You Should Download Today

Stay Connected to Stay Protected. Here are three (totally free) personal safety apps we love and the reasons why you should download them today.

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D.I.V.A.S. 10 Decisive Items Vital to Auto Safety

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D.I.V.A.S. 10 Decisive Items Vital to Auto Safety

Your emergency auto safety kit should contain these essential items to keep you safe and comfortable during a roadside emergency for 48 hours. Here are the 10 D.I.V.A.S. (Decisive Items Vital to Auto Safety) you need to put in your car today.

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College Game Day Safety Tips

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College Game Day Safety Tips

Everything from the tailgate parties before, to the final touchdown and the celebration parties afterward can be an awesome experience if you keep these college game day safety tips in mind.

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Critical Tips To Avoid An Abduction

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Critical Tips To Avoid An Abduction

Abductions can happen any time of the day and anywhere that your daily life takes you. Learn how to minimize the risk of being abducted and what to do if you are grabbed in a kidnapping attempt.

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Exposed! Identity Theft Lessons to Learn from the Capital One Data Hack

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Exposed! Identity Theft Lessons to Learn from the Capital One Data Hack

Although you cannot prevent a data breach, like what happened with Capital One, there are things you can do to reduce your exposure when one does occur. Implement these practices to protect your identity and avoid hackers stealing your identity to apply for credit cards, make online purchases and even selling your identity on the dark web.

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Tips and Technology to Fight Cyber Bullying

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Tips and Technology to Fight Cyber Bullying

Since teens spend an average of 9 hours a day consuming online material parents need to be vigilant in monitoring cyber bullying. These tips and some new technology tools are excellent resources to fight online harassment and stop cyber bullying.

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Traits of a Psychopath and a Sociopath | A Look Inside the Mind of Your Attacker

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Traits of a Psychopath and a Sociopath | A Look Inside the Mind of Your Attacker

Would you know the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath if the traits were in a list? More importantly, would you know how to spot those signs in a person before finding yourself in physical or emotional danger? A candid look at the traits of a psychopath vs. a sociopath and how to defend yourself against both.

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Breaking Down the Background Check

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Breaking Down the Background Check

Background checks are essential to your personal safety. With so many online background check services, it’s hard to know which one to choose. Defense Divas® breaks down the background check.

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7 Easy Action Steps To Avoid Identity Theft

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7 Easy Action Steps To Avoid Identity Theft

It’s important to have safeguards in place to protect your digital footprint on the internet before your identity is stolen. Here are 7 easy actions that you can take to protect your identity both online and offline. Take these actions today to empower and secure yourself from identity theft.

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New Instagram Tools to Fight Online Cyber Bullying

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New Instagram Tools to Fight Online Cyber Bullying

After working with their design teams, Instagram has launched two new features in July 2019 that will hopefully reduce the amount of hurtful and hateful comments posted and viewed on the social media giant's site.

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Three Safety Preps to Never Leave Home Without

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Three Safety Preps to Never Leave Home Without

What three things should a girl never leave home without? Of course, there are the obvious things like your cell phone, your ID, your fave lip gloss. But do you think about your safety each time you leave the house? You should never leave home without these three personal safety vitals and these are the reasons why.

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Help! Is My Child A Bully?

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Help! Is My Child A Bully?

Bullying is now considered a real generational crisis in America. Recent stats show 1 in every 4 children will be bullied this year and that begs the question: What if my child is the bully? Here are some of the common characteristics and signs that your child may be a bully and how to handle it.

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How To Help A Friend Who Is A Domestic Violence Victim

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How To Help A Friend Who Is A Domestic Violence Victim

It’s tough to watch a friend who is in an abusive relationship go through the chaos, emotional turmoil and physical injury. It’s even tougher to keep supporting them when they choose to stay. It can be emotionally draining, extremely stressful and even taxing on your own relationships while you to try help a friend navigate the storm. Never fear, there are some healthy ways that you can support your friend who is experiencing domestic violence while still honoring your personal values and boundaries.

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#CollegeBound! 5 Personal Safety Must Do's to Stay Safe at College

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#CollegeBound! 5 Personal Safety Must Do's to Stay Safe at College

Living on your own (whether in a dorm, Greek house or apartment) opens up a lot of awesome new freedoms; but it also exposes you to many more potentially dangerous situations. Let’s get educated and empowered to handle whatever comes your way with a few simple things you can do to protect yourself (and put mom’s mind at ease a little bit while you’re gone).

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How to Survive an Active Shooter Crisis

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How to Survive an Active Shooter Crisis

The unfortunate reality is that we must be proactive in educating and training ourselves, our children, our families and friends on what to do if an active shooter emergency situation occurs. Knowing how to prepare and respond could be the difference between life and death. These tips could save your life. Read them. Learn them. Share Them.

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Exposing Domestic Violence Patterns | The Cycle Of Abuse

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Exposing Domestic Violence Patterns | The Cycle Of Abuse

Understanding how these toxic relationships operate and the early danger signs is vital to educating and empowering women to protect themselves from becoming a victim of domestic violence. There is a pattern. A very predictable pattern. It’s called The Cycle of Abuse.

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10 Safety Tips for Travelling Abroad

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10 Safety Tips for Travelling Abroad

Passport? Check. Plane tickets, hotel reservations and itinerary? Check. Check. Check.  But what about safety? Whether you’re taking a summer adventure abroad or travel internationally for business on a regular basis, chances are you haven’t given much thought to your safety while out of the United States. Never fear. We’ve got a good list to get you educated and keep you safe while travelling internationally.

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You Are The Front Line | How To Spot Human And Sex Trafficking In Your Community

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You Are The Front Line | How To Spot Human And Sex Trafficking In Your Community

Human trafficking and sex trafficking are the dirty little secret hiding in plain site of communities big and small across America. Knowing the signs to look for is crucial in assisting law enforcement in freeing the victims of modern day slavery and bringing their violators to justice. Here are some key signs to help you spot human trafficking and sex trafficking victims.

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Is He Dangerous? 10 Things To Look For In His Personality

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Is He Dangerous? 10 Things To Look For In His Personality

Is there a way to tell if a guy is dangerous before you get too involved? No fear ladies. We’ve spoken to some experts in the field and have some great ways to sift through it all and how to tell if the guy you are dating is dangerous. Many of these can be observed on the first date (and even better so, since that is when we’re usually on our best behavior).

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Pepper Spray. Mace. What's the Difference?

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Pepper Spray. Mace. What's the Difference?

Pepper spray is a non-lethal self-defense product which can be used not only to ward off human attackers, but also as protection against aggressive dogs if you are jogging or even bears and other wild animals when you go camping. Mace® is a name brand of pepper spray. There are others, but Mace® became a household name, much like Kleenex® became the household name for facial tissue. Just like the name pepper spray implies, the effective ingredient in this self defense product is derived from hot peppers. Often times you will see pepper sprays advertised with either one or both of the following: ·         Percentage...

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15 Date Rape Prevention Tips

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15 Date Rape Prevention Tips

Although no one can guarantee that you will not be a victim of rape, there are several precautions that you can take which will significantly reduce the odds of this ever happening to you. But first, let’s look at some jaw dropping statistics from research done by Kansas State University: 84% of women who are... Continue Reading →

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8 Simple Beach Theft Safety Tips

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8 Simple Beach Theft Safety Tips

With school letting out and family vacations scheduled, let’s take a look at 8 simple tips to prevent beach theft while you are enjoying fun in the sun this summer. First, let’s understand the beach thief. The best target for a beach thief is the visitor who leaves their things and heads for the water.... Continue Reading →

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Have a 911 Emergency Operator at Your Fingertips 24/7 with the Mace Alert 911

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Have a 911 Emergency Operator at Your Fingertips 24/7 with the Mace Alert 911

Mace has created a direct connect to 911 operator panic button with no monthly service fees and we think it's awesome!

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The Touching Story Behind The Creation of Mace® Nightbeams

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The Touching Story Behind The Creation of Mace® Nightbeams

Ever look at a product and think to yourself, why didn't I think of that? Here is the touching backstory behind the creation of Mace Nighbeams. 

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Convicted Muggers Tell How To Avoid Being A Victim

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Convicted Muggers Tell How To Avoid Being A Victim

This NBC Today report gives a chilling but insightful look into how convicted muggers select their targets and how you can avoid being a victim.

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15 Tips To Stay Safe At The ATM

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15 Tips To Stay Safe At The ATM

Of course, ATM’s were designed for our fast-paced lives. However, don’t be in such a hurry that you neglect a few simple ATM safety precautions that can protect you from being a victim of crime. By implementing these 15 ATM safety tips, you will significantly reduce the odds of being the victim of ATM crime.... Continue Reading →

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The Groin Kick. A Girl’s Best Friend.

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The Groin Kick. A Girl’s Best Friend.

The groin kick may seem very obvious to most women, but the execution of the groin kick in a stressful situation, is another matter. Often our common sense goes right out the window when faced with a sudden and threatening situation. For this reason, practicing self defense training over and over is the number one... Continue Reading →

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The 4 E’s of Self-Defense

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The 4 E’s of Self-Defense

Krav Maga. Karate. Tai Kwon Do. Along with a slew of others. It can all be a little confusing to decipher. The list of formal martial arts specialties seems to be growing year after year. But don’t let the foreign names and fancy moves overwhelm you when it comes to everyday self-defense. You are not... Continue Reading →

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Online Dating Safety

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Online Dating Safety

With the rise in popularity of online dating, especially with Apps like Tinder, it’s becoming increasingly important that women understand the dangers of meeting strangers and how to defend themselves should their date go topsy-turvy. Self-defense products for women and safety awareness training are more important than ever. Online dating can be a great way to... Continue Reading →

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Outdoor Active Lifestyle Safety Tips

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Outdoor Active Lifestyle Safety Tips

With the weather warming and longer daylight in most parts of the country, Spring is in the air! This is the time of year when a lot of us break out our tennis shoes and go for evening walks or morning jogs. While it may be tempting to zone out as you are hiking up... Continue Reading →

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Victim Selection Through The Eyes of A Rapist

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Victim Selection Through The Eyes of A Rapist

Every 9 seconds a woman is sexually assaulted or beaten in America. Think about how insane that is! That is 9,600 women a day! Women must educate themselves on self-defense and safety awareness. I cannot stress this enough. Society is looking for answers and one such project revealed some pretty interesting information. In a recent... Continue Reading →

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Stun Guns 101 – A Crash Course in Electrical Self Defense

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Stun Guns 101 – A Crash Course in Electrical Self Defense

Stun guns are a very popular and effective method of non-lethal self-defense. Stun guns are permitted in many areas where firearms are not. Furthermore, a stun gun may be the best self-protection solution for a person who is not permitted by law, for whatever reason, to own or carry a firearm. There are also moral,... Continue Reading →

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What Pepper Spray Feels Like

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What Pepper Spray Feels Like

We're going to dive into exactly what pepper spray feels like and how it works on the nervous system. But first, it's important to stress that self-defense preparation is not a "one and done" topic. Different situations will better handled with different self-defense weapons and tactics. Continue Reading →

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How To Use Pepper Spray Effectively

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How To Use Pepper Spray Effectively

The first, and most obvious, thing to do is to have your pepper spray quickly available to reach in an emergency situation. Seconds can become a life/death situation if you are confronted with an attacker. Do not keep your pepper spray in your glove box. Keep it on your body at all times, whether that... Continue Reading →

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The Kubotan. What It is. And Why You Need One.

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The Kubotan. What It is. And Why You Need One.

This simple and inexpensive device could save your life and every girl above the age of 8 should have one. The Kubotan (sometimes erroneously spelled as Kubaton or Kobutan) self-defense key chain is a close-quarter self-defense weapon developed by Takayuki Kubota. It is typically no more than 6 inches long and about half an inch  in diameter, slightly thicker... Continue Reading →

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There’s An App For That! Apps To Keep You Safe

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There’s An App For That! Apps To Keep You Safe

With these safety apps, you can easily stay connected with your friends and let them know if you are in trouble. Back to school season is in full swing on college campuses across the nation. Meeting new friends and having fun with old ones is all a part of the college experience. Staying safe, while... Continue Reading →

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13 Simple Things To Burglar Proof Your Home

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13 Simple Things To Burglar Proof Your Home

When we think of home safety tips, we think of the obvious: Have your lights on timers when you are away. Don’t let your mail or newspapers accumulate because they are a dead giveaway that you are not home. Yadda…yadda…yadda… Well, this month I have some new and some old safety tips for securing your... Continue Reading →

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OCT | DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH | CYCLE OF ABUSE

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OCT | DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH | CYCLE OF ABUSE

Developed by Dr. Lenore E. Walker in the 1970's. The Cycle of Abuse model has been applied in counselling worldwide as the approved application model of the cycle of abuse in domestic violence.

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