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The Divorce Survival Guide Podcast

Oct 6, 2022

October 1st marked the beginning of domestic violence awareness month. On September 30th, I learned that a member of my Facebook community was murdered by her boyfriend, who then turned the gun on himself. There are 11 murder-suicides rooted in domestic violence per week in the United States, so I decided to focus this week’s episode on the epidemic of domestic violence and shed light on it with some of my thoughts on how we can attempt to move beyond this in our society. Unfortunately, when I am educating victims, it is already too late. 

In this episode, I talk about spreading awareness about raising our children to express their pain and feelings in a safe way, what to do if a co-parent is exhibiting toxic behavior, and the importance of educating yourself on domestic violence and abusive patterns or behaviors.  

Episode highlights:

  • If you are in a toxic relationship where you feel unsafe, create a safety plan before you leave. 75% of domestic homicides occur when a person leaves an abusive relationship.
  • I share precisely how to create a safety plan 
  • The importance of healing and doing trauma work after getting out of an abusive relationship 

Resources & Links:

Information and links may also be found at:

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233 or 
Non-violent parenting classes
Safety plan outline
Leanne Oaten