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 recommended reading list […]

Vicarious Trauma

While it can be quite easy to make assumptions about how well therapists are able to care for themselves despite the significant experiences of trauma they ingest on behalf of their clients, it is imperative that we be reminded of how profoundly clinicians, first responders, and healthcare professionals in general can be (and often are) […]

Healthy Teen Relationships: 6 Things Your Teen Needs to Hear

Sometimes it can be difficult to sort through the “noise” of parenting. 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 take. As teen relationship abuse experts, we […]

Teen Relationship Abuse: 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 their safety. Approaching the topic of healthy […]

Teen Relationship Abuse: The Warning Signs

Would you know if a teen was in an abusive relationship? While some signs are more apparent than others, the truth is, ALL warning signs are important and we need to take make sure we’re not missing any, including those which seem to be more subtle. We’ve compiled this list of warning signs to watch […]

Teenage dating and the dangers of relationship abuse

When we think about relationship violence we often limit the population we assume to be affected as married adults. However, with so many advances in technology and pressure of early relationships, we are finding that more and more of our youth are experience relationship violence or at the very least dangerous red flags in relationships. […]

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):