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IF IT DOESN'T LEAVE A BRUISE, CAN IT BE ABUSE?

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Dr. Jill Murray

IF IT DOESN’T LEAVE A BRUISE, CAN IT BE ABUSE?

          How can it be abuse when he never hit me?  How can you call it domestic violence when there are no black eyes or broken bones?  Easy.  There are many ways one human being can bully, damage, and control another and only one of them involves physical attacks.  Verbal abuse, psychological abuse, spiritual abuse, emotional abuse, financial abuse—they may sound like they are not nearly as bad as those broken bones, but in fact those types of abuse can actually have more devastating consequences for the victim.  Bones heal; black eyes get better; but when your security, your peace of mind, your doubts about your worth are consistently beaten down, the effects are not so easily repaired.

          Dr. Jill Murray is an expert in teen dating violence as well as an expert on domestic violence issues, and has a private practice in California.  She has been on Oprah, Dr. Phil (and we’re going to ask her about him, for sure), Anderson Cooper, 20/20 and other national programs.   She also has written several books on abusive relationships, including her most recent, “But He Never Hit Me,” which won the Publisher’s Choice award.  She knows her stuff, and she is going to share it with us on Saturday.

Join us Saturday at 11 am Pacific Time to learn more about how abuse can be many things, and how abuse can have long lasting consequences for its victims.

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