March 20, 2012

18th National Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect is April 16th – 20th in Washington D.C.

It starts when we collaborate to end violence against children. This is the biggest and most important conference for those fighting to protect children and families. April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month. Help us spread the word.


February 9, 2011

Sign The Petition

Let Pepsi know their Super Bowl commercial wasn’t funny! Sign the petition here.

February 7, 2011

Abuse is more than just violence

We are all exposed to violence through media and television and we accept this fact. However, portraying violence within the context of our families and intimate relationship crosses the line and becomes abuse.

 It is our sincere desire to join forces immediately with leaders in our communities to speak out against the Pepsi ad aired during Super Bowl 45 on February 6, 2011. Please join us in doing so. Please keep in mind that a strong united and peaceful stand for what is right, not what is acceptable or seen as funny. Your voice is more powerful if you have a clear not violent message.

Here are some ways you can speak out.

Call Pepsi at 800-433-2652

Send them a letter, their address is:

Pepsi Consumer Relations

RE: There is no excuse for abuse

1 Pepsi Way

Somers, NY 10589 

Please make your voices heard on this!

Again, here is the link to the commercial:

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December 23, 2010

Cut Down Holiday Stress

Taken from

Six Ways to Cut Down Your Holiday Stress

Here are some great tips on keeping your stress levels down over the holidays from Intent, via Divine Caroline.

By Gimundo Staff. Posted on December 14 2010


Staying grounded during the holidays is difficult for most everyone. Financial stressors, substance abuse issues (yours or someone else’s), or a history of trauma can only exacerbate the problem. Add to that the fact that old family roles kick in during family gatherings, and well-adjusted, normally sane people suddenly find themselves acting like five-year-olds. How do you maintain your peace of mind and stay balanced? Here is a list of suggestions for maintaining your mental health during the holiday season:

1. Maintain Your Self Care
If you have a regular exercise routine, a healthy diet or a relaxation program that gets you through the rest of the year, the holidays are not the time to forego them. In fact you often need them more this time of year. Eat as healthily as you can. Maintain your workout or relaxation regime as best you can. Use suggestion number two to save time for these very important practices.

2. Just Say “No”
Maintain your boundaries and your sanity. The holiday can be a great time for getting together with friends and family. However, too many parties or gatherings can leave you exhausted and compromise your self care.

Things you might think about saying “No” to:

Attending every single holiday invitation you receive
Being pressured to eat or drink too much
Buying presents for every single person you know or ever met
Buying expensive presents that break your budget
Being pressured into bypassing your self care (exercise, diet, relaxation techniques, etc.)
Attending family gatherings which deteriorate into drunken brawls, finger pointing contests or other dysfunctional patterns

You may even want to create a holiday gathering of your own and forego dysfunctional family dynamics. We don’t often think of it, but many people have been cast out of their families of origin. The gay and lesbian community is one community which has been very strong in creating their own healthy families and having their own gatherings. We should all learn from their example. “Family” doesn’t have to be biologically relevant.

Individuals who are newly sober might be compromised by a family which drinks heavily. Individuals who have experienced childhood abuse or violence within their families may not feel safe returning to them if their abuser or molester is still present. If attending a family gathering is not possible for any reason, don’t miss out on the season. Create your own community and have your own gathering that is safe, supportive and healthy.
3. Maintain Moderation
Eating, drinking, and partying too much can wipe out the good health you strive for the rest of the year. Be mindful of how much you do of each and try to maintain moderation. It’s not necessary to taste everything or drink as much as Uncle Fred. Do what is best for you. Refer back to number two, learn to say “No.”

4. Drink Up
Water, that is. It’s cold out there and most people have their houses nicely heated this time of year. Combine that with the stressors of airplane travel, non-stop shopping, overeating and increased alcohol intake and dehydration can be an issue. Keep drinking your water to stay hydrated and energized.

5. Stay Connected
If you have a support system that helps you get through the rest of the year, don’t abandon it now. Exchange phone numbers or emails if you are traveling and determine ahead of time the best method for getting, or giving, support during these next few weeks.

6. Get Real
Every year I watch as people motor off to the Normal Rockwell family Christmas they have created in their heads. And every year I watch them crawl back to work totally disillusioned and depressed. Get real about your family’s dynamics and how Christmases really turn out. Having more realistic expectations will keep you from having that great let down on December 31st and allow you to develop strategies for having a Christmas that is more realistically likely to happen.

By Kellen Von Houser for Intent, syndicated from Divine Caroline

December 16, 2010

Check Out Our New Site!

Our website launched on schedule! Visit us at A HUGE thank you to Rodney Knoke for all of his hard work and creativity!

December 12, 2010

Domestic Violence Increases During Holiday Season

Law Enforcement’s view of domestic violence at this time of the year.

Do You See What I See? Domestic Violence During the Holidays.

December 12, 2010

New Website Almost Here

PAAC’s website designer has been working hard on the new website design. It is scheduled to be unveiled Dec. 15th. Watch for it!

December 9, 2010

Working For Prevention

Working For Prevention-Cincinnati, OH

July 8, 2010

PAAC Could Use Your Help

PAAC is currently in need of volunteer program coordinators. Program coordinators work closely with the Operations Director  in the development and classroom delivery of the Healthy boundaries for Strong Kids Program. If interested please contact us at

November 17, 2009


Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of attending the symposium on innovative approaches to intimate partner violence hosted by The Center on Violence and Recovery, New York University. As I gather my notes and thoughts about this powerful “movement of change” happening at all levels in the field I am deeply humbled by the people I had the pleasure to meet and relate to during the two day event. I have resolved to describe it as a “family reunion” instead of a conference simply because the world “conference” not does surround the immense power of the connections and conversations that took place there.

Many of us had the experience of discovering we were not alone in our struggles against a system that is not working. We learned that many have put forth the effort to innovate and bring about positive change but are most often met with great resistance. It should not surprise us that from the bench and public policy to intervention and rehabilitation programs, there is a great opposition to changing what we know and can now prove is not working.

A dialogue has begun and it must continue. A dialogue of change, hope and promise that we can make things better for families, couples and children. The next wave of practice and innovative purpose is gaining force and will surly crest as long as we continue to contribute to the energy. This time the movement is not built on passionate and understandable anger over oppression or the poor treatment of one group of individuals by another. This momentum is built on a collective desire for change and justice for everyone. Perhaps for the first time in history we don’t have a moment that seeks to ostracize one group for the gains of another. We are compassionately seeking the ability to lift away the pain for everyone leaving no one, no color, no gender and no identity behind.

At the heart of this powerful assortment of people and their deep dedication to change is the desire to transform all of our lives for the better. Perhaps none of us have been entirely untouched by the heinous reality and variety of abuse. If not our own individual experience than perhaps our friends and loved ones have been the victims of some form of violence leaving its awful scars seen and unseen on our hearts and minds.

A familiar and powerful quote sums up the computation of this event and those who attended to the call of need for change.

“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margret Mead

A deep and hearfelt Thank You goes out to Linda Mills and her staff for the tradmendous effort and importance in bringing this group together. I am personally commited to nuturing this movement and will do whatever is necessary to see it continue. Our will is our force and I shall use mine to promote powerful and positive change at the core: for ourselves, our communities, our loved ones and families.