Does your significant other constantly chalk his bad mood up to something that you’ve said or done, then apologize almost immediately? Is your friend’s new beau always listening in to her phone calls or reading text message conversations over her shoulder? These seemingly normal scenarios can also fall into the category of abusive behavior, according to some relationship experts. “Any action that limits your freedom or self-expression could point to a pattern of control or abuse,” says author and relationship expert Maxine Brown. Read on for a list of more subtle signs that you or a friend may be in an abusive relationship on Your Tango…
You’ll never hear me offer up much praise for Dr. Phil, but his wife, Robin McGraw, is owed some props. Her foundation, When Georgia Smiled, has released a free app for smartphones called ASPIRE News that seeks to aid women who are in abusive relationships. ASPIRE News is, on the surface, just your standard news reader, offering “summaries of top stories in world, sports, and entertainment news” — but the app also has a help section, filled with resources for victims of domestic violence, like phone numbers for shelters and help lines. Additionally, the app can be set up to secretly alert the user’s “trusted contacts” that they’re in an emergency situation, simply by tapping the top of the screen three times. Because the app looks and operates just like your standard news reader, it won’t draw the attention of abusers who closely monitor their victims’ every move.
ASPIRE News makes clear that it’s not a replacement for emergency services, and that 911 should still be called if necessary, but for DV victims that don’t want or aren’t yet ready to call authorities, the app’s ability to alert a trusted love one that they need help could be a lifesaver. [iTunes via When Georgia Smiled]
“Sources” connected to George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted this summer of murdering unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, say his girlfriend is lying about the circumstances of his domestic abuse arrest on Monday.
Samantha Scheibe called 911 on Monday after Zimmerman allegedly smashed furniture in her house and pointed a shotgun at her. On the 911 call, you can hear Scheibe as she is being hustled outside her house in Apopka, Florida, by Zimmerman, who apparently locked the door behind her so she couldn’t get back in. He was charged with aggravated assault, domestic violence battery and criminal mischief.
However, through TMZ, Zimmerman’s sources are claiming that Scheibe is making all this up because Zimmerman tried to break up with her. The sources claim she concocted a possibly-fake pregnancy to keep him around and when that didn’t work, she made up the domestic violence. You know, as “revenge.” Keep reading »
George Zimmerman is a free man (for now). The man who killed unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was released from a Florida jail on a $9,000 bond today after yesterday’s arrest. Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault, battery domestic violence, and criminal mischief after he allegedly pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, and shoved her out of her house. (You can listen to her 911 call here.)
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Yesterday, George Zimmerman — the man who shot and killed unarmed teen Trayvon Martin — was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, called 911 and said Zimmerman broke all of her things and pointed a shotgun in her face. Now we can actually listen to Scheibe’s 911 call and it’s disturbing to say the least. One thing that stood out to me — Scheibe says, “He knows how to play this game,” as if he’s pulled this abusive, manipulative shit before. Not shocking to the many, many people who have been screaming that this man should have been locked up a long time ago.
Side note, however: while I extend my sympathies to Scheibe and of course believe that no one deserves or should tolerate abusive behavior, WHO DECIDES TO DATE GEORGE ZIMMERMAN in the wake of the Trayvon Martin trial? I realize there are people who believe he acted in self defense, but for real though, who looks at that man and what he did and his shitty history and goes, “That dude, he’s the man for me”? The mind boggles.
UPDATE, 6p.m.: Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault, battery domestic violence, and criminal mischief after he allegedly pointed a “long-barrel shotgun” at his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe. Zimmerman also allegedly broke a table and pushed Scheibe out the front door, barricading it shut with furniture. [ABC News]
UPDATE, 3:30p.m.: TMZ reports that Zimmerman’s girlfriend is reportedly pregnant. Due to her pregnancy, Zimmerman’s domestic violence charge is a felony. [TMZ]
George Zimmerman was arrested today for domestic violence in Apopka, Florida, after an alleged dispute with his girlfriend. Zimmerman was acquitted this summer in the murder of Travyon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old boy. Keep reading »
I have just one word for “author” J. Lola: taste. In this context, it is defined as the ability to make discerning judgments about aesthetic, artistic, and intellectual matters, and this J. Lola here has approximately none of it. Lola’s e-book, “Fifty Shades of Sin,” will run you 99 cents for your Amazon Kindle and, oh, just about an eternity in the sulfurous pit of hell. The “Fifty Shades of Grey” fan fiction (no, really?) is summarized as follows. I’ll let you connect the dots. Keep reading »
The promise of IKEA is affordable furniture that looks expensive. But those of us who have been lured in by the dream of the sparking showroom know the truth: the money you save is not worth the hours of your life lost, trying to assemble those dastardly beds/coffee tables/dressers. One tiny wrench to build an entire bookcase? It’s enough to turn you into a blathering banshee…or have the cops called to your place. Such was the case for a Swedish family who were up until the wee hours of the morning trying to put together some new furniture from IKEA. Keep reading »
Fake news site The Onion posted a weird story today about Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel about JT threatening his wife that no one would ever believe her if she told anyone what he really does to her because he’s so famous and beloved. Keep reading »