Category Archives: Domestic Violence

Be On the Lookout: Olivia Cattano

Olivia Cattano

Update: Olivia has been found!

Hello Everyone,

If you have a minute, be on the lookout for Olivia Cattano. She was taken out of school by her mother, Dawn Vigue, on September 9th and has not been seen since then. Olivia’s dad and family are doing everything possible to find her and bring her home. I do know her dad and have seen Olivia a few times through the years.

Her mother has lost custody but has not been served the paperwork yet. The word is that Dawn has had a history of violence against children. She went on the run while the court case was in process. Dawn Vigue has lived in the Columbus area, Ohio, including Westerville, Powell, and Delaware. She is also good at staying under the radar so she probably isn’t drawing attention to herself.

It is possible that they are staying in the area with a man named “Yogi.” The rumor is that Yogi is a pimp. I cannot stress how important it is to find Olivia. Her safety is really in jeopardy.

If I had to guess, I would say that they could be at a homeless shelter, a cheap motel or a campground. They are more than likely living a transient lifestyle so they could be anywhere. Columbus is also close to Interstates 71 and 70. They could have also gotten on Interstate 75 in Dayton.

Please share the Facebook posts or this post in order to get her Olivia’s story out there. So if you see Olivia or Dawn, please contact (419)202-1404 or (419)603-8661.

If you suspect that this case could be related to human trafficking, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-3737-888 — or Text INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733). Calling 911 is always an option.

No More: “Why Doesn’t She Just Leave?”

If you have a blog, you have a platform and a voice. Use today to talk about the cause most important to your heart.

http://nomore.org/
http://nomore.org/

It is so common for victims of domestic abuse to also have to choose between being homeless and being abused. Most victims do not have a place to go or the financial resources to move.

It’s not that easy to just leave. It should be but it’s not.

This week is No More Week. The band, Hellyeah, will be releasing their single, “Hush,” on March 13 as part of No More Week. “Hush” was written about singer Chad Gray’s experience with domestic abuse.  If you call your local rock station and request the song, it will bring a little more awareness to the cause.

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http://hellyeahband.com/nomore/

 

NoMore.org also has a list of events and things that you could do to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Let’s get out the word out people. Start a conversation. Volunteer. Let’s do something.

 

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Since it is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I’ve added a new list to my Twitter account. The list includes Too Apparel (), Mack Movement ),
No More.org ( ) and Break the Cycle DV 
Too Apparel donates undergarments to women’s and children’s shelters. I think that is totally awesome!
Actually, all of the groups on the list are awesome. If you get a chance, check out the list and all of the organizations that are working to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence.

Alberta Ferretti top
$480 – yoox.com

Athleta purple top
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Dabuwawa
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Sonia by Sonia Rykiel silk skirt
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Tulle tutu
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Misbehave plaid shoes
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Dr. Martens front lace up boots
$160 – amazon.co.uk

Vans sneaker
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Stand Strong & Wear Purple

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For more information on the No More campaign, visit http://nomore.org/

Floral handbag
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A’Marie tortoiseshell sunglasses
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Wrap shawl
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Glitter makeup
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Domestic abuse of men

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Men can be victims of domestic abuse. It is under-reported because there is still a stigma àttached. Men don’t want to admit that their partners, male or female, have physically, verbally or emotionally abused them. They might think it makes them look weak. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one out of fourteen men have been assaulted by their spouse, domestic partner or boyfriend/girlfriend.

The CDC National Survey in 2010 results say that the percentage of male victims of severe domestic violence is 40 %.

MenWeb (www.batteredmen.com) is a website with many resources and articles about domestic violence against men.

Anyone that needs help can call the Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women (1-888-7HELPLINE).

One of the signs of an abusive relationship is isolation. The abuser will isolate the victims from anyone who might help the victim. If the abuser feel threatened by the victim’s family, they will not hesitate to keep the family away. They will use any excuse and even lie about why the victim shouldn’t be with their family or friends. I have an acquaintance going through this right now. I hope he realizes what is happening. I don’t think he sees it yet. His mind has been warped by this abuser. His family would like to have a relationship with him. They haven’t given up although it has been a difficult time.

I have included links to several sites. If you know anyone in a domestic violence situation, please don’t hesitate to try to help. Thanks!

Links:

Battered Men. Menweb

Abuse and Relationships. Isolation

NCADV

Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women (1-888-7HELPLINE)