One of the most amazing experiences I had was in El Paso speaking at their “Help. I’ve taken a break from travelling for at least a few months at the beginning of this year for some personal time.

Jonathan finished the welding program and is a certified welder now so he’s looking for a new job and life in general is just wonderful!

Posted in on Monday, January 9, 2012 PM by Jennifer Happy New Year 2012!

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I feel so blessed by having your continued support, prayers, and positive thoughts!

I check my e-mail and read my guestbook daily on the website, and I really thank each of you who have used your voice in expressing your feelings & emotions and those that have shared your personal experiences and stories of survival with me.

I hope that with this time off, I’ll have more time to blog and keep you all updated!

Dating or Domestic violence is a pattern of controlling or coercive behavior by one individual to maintain power and control over another in an intimate relationship.

From there I travelled to Denver, CO – El Paso, TX – South Padre Island, TX – and finally, Galloway, NJ. To be able to stand up and show a room full of people that “it’ll be okay” and see the hope in their eyes is an indescribable feeling.

Alot of flying/driving in those last couple of months of the year, but was honored to be able to use my voice and share my story with others. I love what they’re doing in El Paso and I’m hoping after meeting with our head DA, Jack Roady, here in Galveston County, we’ll be able to soon start a yearly conference of our own for crime victims to bring more awareness to our communities in this area…it’s greatly needed and I know will be beneficial and positive in so many ways!There are a variety of gaslighting techniques that an abusive partner might use: Withholding: the abusive partner pretends not to understand or refuses to listen. “I don’t want to hear this again,” or “You’re trying to confuse me.” Countering: the abusive partner questions the victim’s memory of events, even when the victim remembers them accurately. “You’re wrong, you never remember things correctly.” Blocking/Diverting: the abusive partner changes the subject and/or questions the victim’s thoughts. “Is that another crazy idea you got from [friend/family member]?” or “You’re imagining things.” Trivializing: the abusive partner makes the victim’s needs or feelings seem unimportant. “You’re going to get angry over a little thing like that?It is an extremely effective form of emotional abuse that causes a victim to question their own feelings, instincts, and sanity, which gives the abusive partner a lot of power (and we know that abuse is about power and control).Once an abusive partner has broken down the victim’s ability to trust their own perceptions, the victim is more likely to stay in the abusive relationship.It is important to note that NJ law does not strictly define “dating relationship”, meaning that there is no set time limit for how long a couple must have been dating in order for the victim to seek relief under the law.