Body Armor
Body Armour

Overcoming Intimate Partner Violence: Essays & Poems About Survival and Growth Post-Abuse

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How do we help women who are trying to escape from abusive relationships? 

Many people have asked themselves this question, and many friends of domestic violence survivors struggle with this daily. Survivors need a balance of financial and emotional support to really move on and out of a toxic situation. In this book Karléh Wilson, a domestic violence survivor, shares first hand what it meant to realize she was in an abusive relationship and the steps that were necessary for her to change her life. Her essays are accompanied by poetry from Jordan Taylor, an outspoken women’s advocate, and artwork by Olathe Antonio, a Native American illustrator.  

“Housing laws that impact survivors of domestic violence are of significant importance to me because our homes are our refuge. Everyone deserves a safe home to lay their head at night, and the outbreak of the coronavirus, a global pandemic unlike anything we have seen in our lifetime, is proof that housing is healthcare. Housing is the central most component to our life outcomes as they pertain to health, education, employment, marriage, etc. Because of the centricity that housing occupies in its role for healing and refuge, domestic violence should be regarded as one of the worst ways that you can hurt someone, especially if you claim to love them.”

Wilson takes a conversation that is typically taboo and brings it to readers in a way that will change the way you think about intimate partner violence. 

Survivors are resilient and capable of changing their lives for the better. 

Did you know that there are concrete policy recommendations that can help change the plight of female domestic violence survivors? Wilson discusses the ways that our legal system presents barriers to women who want to get out of abusive relationships.

If you are looking for ways to help victims, your purchase of this book contributes to a charity fund that supports programming for survivors and victims of domestic violence in Louisiana. 

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Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States, we have learned more than ever that housing is healthcare. Millions of American families are being ordered to stay home, despite high rates of homelessness and domestic violence throughout the country.

This fund is kick-starting a foundation that will provide essential resources to nonprofits that serve victims and survivors of domestic violence in Louisiana.

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