DV leaving

Domestic Violence must be stopped.   Leaving an abusive relationship is hard. What may sound simple to an outsider is more complex to those on the inside. It’s not as simple as it sounds.

Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women – more than care accidents, muggings and rapes combined. Source:
– Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime.
– Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.
– Based on reports from 10 countries, between 55 percent and 95 percent of women who had been physically abused by their partners had never contacted non-governmental organizations, shelters, or the police for help.
– The costs of intimate partner violence in the US alone exceed $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion are for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.
– Men who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents.

The background of an individual – economic, cultural, education, age, sex or lifestyle – does not matter. Domestic violence, be it physical or emotional affects all walks of life. One in three female homicide victims are murdered by their current or former partner every year!

Even if you’re not in an abusive situation, chances are you know someone who is. What can you do to help? What can you do if you are abused? Our guest, Tim Wenzel is a Protective Security Consultant based out of the San Francisco Bay area.  Tim founded Wenzel Protection Group to provide security & consulting services to the US Government, Foreign Diplomats, Corporations, and Families.

Wenzel Protection Group believes in making the world a better place.  Their passion project has been working with Victims of Domestic Violence.  They are committed to providing education, consulting, and services that help these families live without fear.

We discuss:
– How to leave without a trace
– Working with a team – Lawyer, Therapist and Security Professional
– Working with Security Professional
– Working with your Security Professional After You’ve Left
– Safe Living Training
– Breaking the DV cycle and transition to a healthy new start

Listen to this interview here

It’s important to also recognize that domestic violence is not just specific to women, men can be domestic violence victims as well.  While we don’t speak to this in our interview, nonetheless this article shines the light on a subject rarely discussed: Study finds women are more controlling and aggressive towards their partners than men

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Related Podcasts and articles:

Domestic Violence and Divorce: What You Need to Know

Moving Out and Moving On

The Many Faces of Domestic Violence

Act to End Violence Against Women

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  1. Maybe you should explain the reality of leaving “without a trace”. Especially when children are involved. Make a parent a victim for life or a fugitive for life?

    Your premise is so far out of the bounds of everyday reality to the point I consider shameful.

    Stop playing on people in horrific situations for profit, please, and put your education to good use.

    Just my opinion.

    • I am sorry you feel this way. And, for your information, The Smart Divorce on Divorce Source Radio is a non profit venture. Perhaps if you took the time to listen to this very important interview, you might see the value in the information provided.
      For example:
      – leaving without a trace. With the security expert, we explore helpful tips for individuals who are living in life threatening situations, and want to leave an abusive situation. Lawyers and other professionals are consulted.
      – Victim or fugitive? These are not terms we use. Rather, we are empowering individuals again, who are in extremely bad situations and are suffering from abuse.
      – We are always considerate of putting the children’s best interests first. Again, we explore how a child may develop a relationship with a parent who is abusive.

      You are welcome to your opinion, but to make an informed comment, you really need to listen to the interview.

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