Resources

About Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is the immediate cause of homelessness for many women. Survivors of domestic abuse are often isolated from support networks and financial resources by their abusers, which puts them at risk of becoming homeless. As a result, they may lack steady income, employment history, credit history, and landlord references. They also often suffer from anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression, and substance abuse. According to multiple studies examining the causes of homelessness, among mothers with children experiencing homelessness, more than 80% had previously experienced domestic violence.
 

online resources

www.domesticabuseproject.com/get-educated/
www.northlandcounseling.us/resources.html
www.mnvalleylifeskills.org

https://www.drugrehab.com/guides/domestic-abuse/

 


A Kid's Guide to Understanding Domestic Abuse

by Jody Cowdin

"What is going on? Why does this keep happening?" Kids who have lived with domestic abuse need answers to their questions. Children and teens have typically been given very little, if any information to help answer these questions, and often believe that they are at fault for the conflict and fighting between the adults in their home. Along with the burden of self-blame, they believe they must keep the secret of what really goes on at home as a way of protecting everyone involved. Knowledge empowers and counters the helplessness kids often feel who are exposed to abuse in the home.

The interactive format of A Kid's Guide to Understanding Domestic Abuse will encourage kids to reflect on the information as it applies to their individual circumstances. It also leads them to the realization that they can take control of their own lives and determine how they want to live, thus giving hope that they can break the generational cycle of domestic violence.

Jody Cowdin on KTIS
Local teacher, therapist pens kids' book about abuseThe Lowdown

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  Jody Cowdin, M.A., M.Ed, began her career as an elementary teacher in both regular and special education, and also became a Registered Play Therapist, and later an Associate Professor at Bethel University. Jody served as Executive Director at The Dwelling Place from 2010 to 2015. Her personal experience as a domestic abuse victim and then single mother of three children brings depth to this book few could match.

 

Jody Cowdin, M.A., M.Ed, began her career as an elementary teacher in both regular and special education, and also became a Registered Play Therapist, and later an Associate Professor at Bethel University. Jody served as Executive Director at The Dwelling Place from 2010 to 2015. Her personal experience as a domestic abuse victim and then single mother of three children brings depth to this book few could match.