Love, Todd. He was reminding me of the bratwurst I had pulled out of the freezer a couple days before. Nonetheless, I smiled, remembering the days, early in our marriage, when he would leave for work before I awoke. He would often write a note addressed to Buttercup, telling me that he loved me. He preheated oil in a cast-iron skillet, and the ham sizzled when he threw it into the pan. He staged the other ingredients, adding them at just the right time so the flavors would meld, and each ingredient was cooked to perfection. He sprinkled the top of the omelet with the pinch of cheddar he had shredded from a block of Wisconsin cheese. ALS is a disease of big losses, but I also grieve the loss of little things. I grieved a big loss that summer, the diagnosis that brought the thought of imminent death for the love of my life — my partner, the father of my children, the man with whom I shared dreams of travel and adventure.
In most cases, these companion animals are cherished members of the family. Abusers threaten, injure, and at times kill pets in order to control their victims and to create an environment of fear within the home. The close relationship that battered women and their children feel toward their companion animals complicates their willingness to leave a violent situation, potentially putting their pets at risk of violence or death. Developed by the Animal Welfare Institute, this Technical Assistance Guidance explores ways that victim advocates can assist survivors of domestic violence and their pets when seeking safety and refuge from abuse. NRCDV gathered select resources that can offer helpful guidance for domestic violence programs in preparing for and responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Working toward racial equity is critical to efforts to prevent intimate partner violence. The Racial Equity Tools website offers a wealth of resources for change at the individual, organizational, community, and societal levels. Check out the Domestic Violence Awareness Project's latest blog post to learn more!
Psychologists have long studied the grunts and winks of nonverbal communication, the vocal tones and facial expressions that carry emotion. A warm tone of voice, a hostile stare — both have the same meaning in Terre Haute or Timbuktu, and are among dozens of signals that form a universal human vocabulary. But in recent years some researchers have begun to focus on a different, often more subtle kind of wordless communication: physical contact.
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