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Invincible Is a Timely Release Providing Practical Solutions for Adults Who Experienced Domestic Violence as Children

October 24, 2014 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
October 24, 2014 - Invincible: The 10 Lies You Learn Growing Up with Domestic Violence, and the Truths to Set You Free, by CDV - Children of Violence (CDV.org) founder Brian F. Martin, is a timely release for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The book not only talks about childhood domestic violence but also provides the tools to break the secrecy code that keeps adults from overcoming the often-unrecognized impacts of domestic violence in their own childhoods.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the impact of witnessing domestic violence as children includes long-term problems, among them are "higher levels of adult depression and trauma symptoms and increased tolerance for and use of violence in adult relationships." But what's being done to help those adults whose lives are still affected, years after leaving home?

"Invincible" reaches out directly to those adults, with stories and simple, practical exercises to help them become aware of false beliefs and to change incorrect self-perceptions that are formed as a result of living with domestic violence as a child.

Young adults leaving a home where they have grown up with domestic violence often wish to just put that part of their history out of mind. As children, they typically learned not to talk about what went on at home. They may have been told specifically not to talk about family business, may been threatened if they did, or they may have just somehow come to the conclusion that they should not talk about it.

That "not talking about it" is exactly what Martin is attempting to break through with his book and through the work of CDV.org. Children who grow up with domestic violence form beliefs about themselves, and about life, based on that experience, and most don't realize to what degree they, as adults, are still making choices based on the beliefs they formed as a wounded child.

CDV - Children of Domestic Violence is a non-profit organization whose mission, "To help those who experience domestic violence as children reach their full potential and break the cycle of violence," is being accomplished through advocacy, education, training, and research. For further information, and to find out what you can do to help, visit the website at CDV.org.

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