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The cycle of domestic violence

Commentary by Carey Juez-Perez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker Abusive relationships often follow a pattern, known as the “cycle of domestic violence.” Although the cycle might look different in every relationship, three stages take place repeatedly in abusive relationships. The first stage is “tension building.” This begins when tempers flare and anger increases over domestic issues, including money and children. Name-calling, …

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Hope House helping area residents escape domestic abuse

By Nick Moreno The horrors of domestic violence will affect one in three women during their lifetime, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Additionally 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner, and 19 percent of all domestic violence involves a weapon. Hope House exists to help those victims. Its mission is to break the …

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Jimenez shares story of surviving domestic violence

Interview by Tere Siqueira Dos Mundos supports October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As a show of that support, the newspaper presents the following transcript of a recent interview with Natividad Jimenez, who shared her story of being a victim and survivor of domestic abuse: Dos Mundos: Tell us a little about how your relationship started. Natividad Jimenez: When I …

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How to improve communication with your significant other

Commentary by Melissa Arroyo You’ve probably been frustrated if you’ve ever asked your significant other to take out the trash or pick up the kids from school, only to end up doing the job yourself. How you communicate your frustration with your partner afterward is important. The way you express yourself could get your point across. Or it could negatively …

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Therapy can help navigate the stress of divorce

Commentary by Chara Divorce is stressful. Recovering from a divorce requires time. Therapy is a good way to find relief during the pains of the recovery process. If you’re going through a divorce – or you’re considering a divorce – and are considering therapy, you might find help in the following ways: *Before the divorce: Going to therapy can help …

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How to interact with your newborn

Commentary by Carey Juez-Perez Finding ways to interact with a newborn can be difficult. However, providing some basic interaction with your new baby can encourage development and strengthen the parent-child bond. Here are a few activities to try with your newborn: *Tummy time: This activity helps newborns develop their neck and back muscles, which are important for sitting and crawling. …

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No 401(k)? No problem

Commentary by Dermidio Juez-Perez The most popular type of account being used to save for retirement is the 401(k). However, not everyone has access to a 401(k) plan because not every employer offers one. If your employer doesn’t offer a 401(k), it’s not the end of the world. There are plenty of other ways to save for retirement. It just …

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How to become self-sufficient after a divorce

Commentary by Melissa Arroyo I haven’t experienced divorce firsthand. But when I was helping a family member get through it, I learned it can be a difficult process that can drain your energy – and your bank account. We weren’t going through this experience alone. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly half of all marriages end in …

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Divorce less common in Latin America than in U.S.

Analysis by Dermidio Juez-Perez In the United States, divorce is common. In Latin America, it’s not so common. According to the American Psychological Association, 50 percent of U.S. marriages end in divorce. Generally, American couples aren’t ashamed about going through a divorce. However, in Latin America, divorce is still considered something shameful to go through. That’s one reason divorce is …

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A father’s involvement is important in a child’s life

Commentary by Carey Juez-Perez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker A father plays a major role in a child’s life. Starting at birth, a baby develops a strong connection with its father. The sound of his voice and warm touch provide a sense of comfort and trust. This attachment continues throughout childhood, and it affects the child’s future friendships and intimate relationships …

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