Let’s Talk About Domestic Violence

It shouldn’t hurt to be a woman, and as sisters in the great country, it is our collective responsibility to ensure that our daughters and sons know this statement to be absolutely true. Violence and abuse manifest themselves in a myriad of ways, and there isn’t always a raging red flag to alert us that someone we know or love might be in pending danger.

My Blue Suede Shoes seeks to shed light on various forms of abuse in relationships, and to heal these hurts by focusing on the root cause of the abuser’s behavior and having him or her take responsibility for instituting the necessary self-change.

Whether it be child abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse or emotional abuse, domestic violence in any of its many manifestations is simply wrong, and as a people we must acknowledge it when we detect it in our communities, and then take active steps to assist the victims in obtaining the help they need to remove themselves from relationships that cause them harm.

But help mustn’t only be provided for the victims of abuse. Many cases of domestic violence are perpetrated by those who have also been abused themselves. Causing pain to others thus becomes a vicious cycle, one that is difficult to break without intensive intervention and assistance.

In this second volume of our Sister-4-Sister Empowerment Series, we not only seek to illustrate various aspects of violence and abuse, we also strive to understand the motives behind the behavior and to find methods of eliminating the abuser’s need to inflict pain on others. It is our hope that the stories we’ve penned for this important volume of fiction are eye-opening and thought provoking in ways that are beneficial to you in your daily life.

So, as you go about your lives, may each of you place an arm of protection around your sisters and brothers in need, while praying for them the same safety, comfort, happiness, and protection that you seek for yourselves. May you be blessed with the utmost peace and balance, and as you navigate the harrowing roads to self-awareness and determination with CC, Zana, Charmaigne, and Monique…please…if you run across a sister who’s in trouble, don’t turn your back on her. Empower her! Be a Sister 4 your Sister. Share a copy of this book, and give her a pair of blue suede shoes!

Peace and balance, Tracy and TaRessa

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One Response to “Let’s Talk About Domestic Violence”

  1. Such a powerful read! Thank you my Sisters for keeping this topic in the forefront. Having been a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate for several years, I have seen the visible and non-visible scars left at the hands of DV. I was always amazed at the stories of these women and men; why some stay, why some choose to leave. Although similar attributes, no two stories were the same. Their pain was their own, their scars were their own, but one thing was certain…..the need for a pair of Blue Suede Shoes was/is universal. We must encourage each other to get help. Protect yourselves, protect your children. There are people and agencies out here to help you navigate through the multitude of options. From Protective orders to shelters to just someone willing to listen until you are ready to make a decision. As alone as you may feel…..you are not alone.


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