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March 28, 2018

Last week, a 17 year old in Maryland took a gun to school, where he shot two classmates before eventually killing himself.  One of his victims, a 16 year old girl, died this week after being taken off of life support.  The other, a 14 year old boy, was treated and rele...

August 17, 2016

On any given day, if you click on a local news website or watch the news on TV, you’re bound to see at least one story involving domestic violence:  a man accused of sending 6,000 messages to his ex-girlfriend, including death threats; SWAT responds after man attempts...

June 8, 2016

Over the past few weeks, the internet has been abuzz with speculation about the relationship between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp.  In a divorce filing, Heard accused Depp of physically abusing her over their four year relationship, and was granted a restraining order....

November 4, 2015

One aspect of abusive relationships that can be hard to grasp is the difference between situational violence and domestic violence.  To be clear, Blackburn Center believes that all relationships should be free from abuse, and that no form of violence is acceptable.  Ho...

October 6, 2015

Have you seen the hit show Empire?  In many ways, it’s an incredible show, with strong female lead characters (especially Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon) and a dedication to address issues such as homophobia and mental illness.  Yet for all of that, there is one major...

May 13, 2015

Abuse can come in many forms, from physical to emotional, stalking and more.  One type of abuse that is not as commonly known, despite its prevalence in abusive relationships, is reproductive coercion.  This form of abuse affects millions of women, and can significantl...

May 6, 2015

This past Saturday, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. fought Manny Pacquiao in what was billed as the Fight of the Century.  16,507 people watched the match live, paying upwards of $40,000 for ringside seats, and it is estimated that well over 2.5 million people bought the fight o...

February 11, 2015

When people think about domestic violence, the image that likely comes to mind is one of a physically battered person — bruises, broken bones, or worse.  While physical violence is often an element of abusive relationships, emotional or verbal abuse is possibly more pr...

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