4 Ways to Combat Isolation in an Unhealthy Relationship

4 Ways to Combat Isolation in an Unhealthy Relationship If you’ve ever been in an unhealthy, or even abusive, relationship, you know just how isolating it can be. You may have withdrawn because you feel embarrassed, or ashamed, or otherwise don’t want to be judged. Or, you may be withdrawn because your partner is controlling […]

When is it Rape?

When is it Rape? by Jessica Yaffa, Certified Relationship Coach In short, the answer to the question, “When is it rape?” is: Any sexual activity performed without consent of the other person. What is Sexual Consent? Consent is when someone agrees, gives permission, or says “yes” to sexual activity with other persons. Consent is always […]

How to Recognize Signs of Abuse and How to Help

How to Recognize Signs of Abuse and How to Help Has someone you know suffered from domestic violence? If you cannot think of someone, think again. Recent statistics show that 25% of women and 14% of men have been, or will be, subjected to intimate partner abuse. Every minute of every day, twenty people fall […]

When Abuse Turns Deadly

When Abuse Turns Deadly And How to Get Help When Suffering from Domestic Violence   Intimate relationships are a central part of our lives. A relationship might evolve as a happy surprise, or something deliberately and lovingly nurtured over time. But, sometimes, even a loving partnership can turn into domestic violence. You may not notice […]

Top Books on Domestic Violence and Relationship Abuse

Top books for survivors of relationship abuse and the professionals who work with them. Whether you are a professional working with those affected by domestic violence, or a survivor yourself, navigating the complex feelings attached to relationship abuse can often be both confusing at the very least, and even overwhelming. While the list recommended books […]

Healthy Teen Relationships: 6 Things Your Teen Needs to Hear

Sometimes it can be difficult to sort through the “noise” of parenting. Even without worrying about healthy teen relationships, the decisions are endless, the advice (both good and bad) is all-too-plentiful, and the constant barrage of input from social media, parenting books and magazines can have us feeling uneasy and not sure which direction to […]

Teen Abuse and Relationships: Starting the Conversation

It’s no secret that raising teens and young adults can be challenging. Sometimes, it seems there’s just no getting through to them. As difficult as it may seem at times, it is imperative that we continue trying to reach them – especially when it comes to issues of teen abuse when in relationships. Approaching the […]

Relationship Violence Assessment and Response Specialist

It is with great anticipation that I’m able to announce the launch of what has been an incredible project. I have recently stepped away from what has been a wonderful several years in the substance misuse treatment field in order to whole-heartedly plunge into the work that I believe is my purpose. As a result, […]

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Jessica Yaffa Talks to UT-TV

Jessica Yaffa talks to UT~TV about domestic violence:

Jessica Yaffa Responds to Ray Rice Scandal

Relationship coach, Jessica Yaffa, responds to the NFL’s reaction to Ray Rice’s abusive behavior (NBC 7 San Diego):