Tag Archives: Domestic Violence

Asking the Right Questions in the Wake of the Las Vegas Mass Shooting

As the days go by, and it becomes clearer and clearer that many questions about the Las Vegas mass shooting on Oct. 1, 2017, will likely never be answered, our Men’s Resource Center of West Michigan therapists, Randy Flood, Al Heystek, and Otha Brown, weigh… continue reading Asking the Right Questions in the Wake of the Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Manning Up to Sexual Assault on Campus

According to the CDC, 1 in 5 women will be raped in their lifetime. That’s alarming. If you’ve been listening to the discussions happening across college campuses—where 1 in 4 women will suffer date rape or attempted date rape— you’ve heard that people are finally… continue reading Manning Up to Sexual Assault on Campus

Parental Alienation and Domestic Violence: What Gets Lost in the Fog?

Since the term “parental alienation” appeared, countless articles have described the phenomenon of battered spouses losing custody of their children when their batterer defended with claims that the battered spouse tried to alienate them from their children. As a result, domestic violence advocates and some… continue reading Parental Alienation and Domestic Violence: What Gets Lost in the Fog?

Violence: a Social Toxin

I’m concerned about how parents trivialize violent media. The proverbial argument that not all kids who play violent video games commit violent acts is a short-sighted rationalization for not limiting children’s exposure to violent media. Psychologist James Gabarino, Ph.D., discusses how violent media is a… continue reading Violence: a Social Toxin

Violent Acts Reflect Broader Issues

In July, the Grand Rapids community was witness to four lives lost to domestic violence. Three slayings and one suicide asked families, schools, churches, neighborhoods and the community at large to make sense of the violence around them. Historically, we have tried to convince ourselves… continue reading Violent Acts Reflect Broader Issues

Gender – Not Race – is Biggest Factor in Violent Behavior

Since The Grand Rapids Press featured an article on black men killing black men, people have weighed in with their analyses of the problem. They’ve presented a myriad of causes such as poor education, poverty, ineffective parenting, racism, etc., but the most common denominator, male… continue reading Gender – Not Race – is Biggest Factor in Violent Behavior