CCSF Newsletter February 2022

Never forget that walking away from something that’s unhealthy is brave; even if you stumble a little on your way out the door.

2 Crazy Goat Ladies, Facebook, 9/10/21

Dear Friends,

Every month we try to bring to you relevant, trending, and helpful information about domestic violence. Occasionally we find inspiration in unusual places. Thank you for joining us again this month. And remember to follow us on Facebook.

This month’s e-newsletter includes:

But I Love Him  (Is love enough to overcome abuse?)

The Last I’m Sorry

Housing Highlights:  Vision House

Domestic Violence 101A Support Group

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

With prayers for peace around our world.

Stop the Abuse, Heal the Family, Change the Future




Christian Coalition for Safe Families February 2022

But I Love Him (Is love enough to overcome abuse?)

By Rhonda Balance

How is it possible to love someone who hurts you? Holly Richmond, PhD, a somatic psychologist and adjunct professor at John F. Kennedy University, states that “Love and abuse are not at all mutually exclusive.” Professor Richmond explains that love for your partner likely developed well before the abuse was present or recognized. And red flags may have been glossed over. You have a shared history together and you may feel you owe it to your partner to stick it out. The bad times are usually a smaller percentage of the relationship than the good in the relationship. And you might have hope that your relationship will change, and things will go back to times when it was all good.

However, in the human, earthly realm, love does not always conquer all. The author goes on to say that “Making yourself fall out of love is possible.” Ms. Richmond lists several suggestions to help change your thinking and emotions about the abusive person you love.

  • Acknowledge that it is very hard to leave. Ask yourself “Am I more important than this? Are my children more important?”
  • Write a list of the pros and cons about your partner.
  • Consider talking to an advocate or therapist.
  • Put distance and time between yourself and the abuser. This may help bring clarity to your thoughts.

The Last I’m Sorry

Has anyone seen The Last I’m Sorry billboard in Seattle? Throughout the month of February, you can see the campaign “The Last I’m Sorry” prominently placed in Times Square and on digital billboards across the United States; in Washington the billboards are in Seattle and Spokane.

Housing Highlights: Vision House

Vision House in Renton and Shoreline offers temporary housing and supportive services to families so they can have the time and space to resolve the crises in their lives that led them to unstable housing.

Domestic Violence 101A Support Group

This support group at Northwest Family Life is led by Carol, a licensed therapist and trauma specialist. This group offers insight and support for women who have experienced abusive relationships. After the ongoing six-week introduction, you are invited to join other ongoing support groups. All support groups are free, supported by grants.

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

One in three young people will be in an abusive or unhealthy relationship. For more information, please visit:

Love is Respect

Administration for Children and Families

Teen Dating Violence

©2022 Christian Coalition for Safe Families

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