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28th Oct 2020

After Dark 8: The Rise of Domestic Violence During Covid-19 with Donna Barnes

What does the pandemic have to do with the surge in domestic violence?

Being in a domestic violence situation is hard enough without the current state of events.  Now more than ever, victims are suffering.  We can blame the stay at home orders, the loss of jobs and even evictions to the higher rates.  But, at the end of the day, would the numbers be there if the “situation” weren’t already present? 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Every October, we have a conversation about something that should be discussed daily.  In fact, friend of the show, Donna Barnes, LPC discuss that very question. Why aren’t people talking about domestic violence in households where it doesn’t exist? 

We also talk about a few safety tips for the woman or man that wants to leave.  Both of us share our personal stories, why a restraining order is a good thing and more! We even have a “mock” conversation to help friends of victims out.

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Key Topics

  • Recognizing the signs of domestic violence
  • How to have “the conversation” with suspected victims
  • Being proactive versus reactive as a family
  • Why the old adage “What goes on in this house…” is detrimental

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Have you ever wondered what real people really talk about when the gloves are off? Do you think you are the only one who thinks like you do about the world today? Are you ready to hear adult conversations? In today’s world, the ignorant and biased people are loud. They don’t represent the “silent” majority’s views or how we really feel. On After Dark, I have conversations with friends of the show about life, love and more. Sometimes, we agree and are on the same page. Other times we disagree, but either way everyone’s opinion is respected and represented here.

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Valencia Griffin-Wallace

Valencia Griffin-Wallace is the founder of Define U, LLC, host of the Define U Radio podcast, best selling author of many titles and award winning author of Motherless Child, her story of growing up with an addict. She is on a mission to educate gen x women about true self empowerment, accountability and confidence. In her words, "Your past doesn't define you, it gives you definition and what you do with that is up to you."