California passes law to recognize Canadian Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law, authored by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa), to protect victims of domestic violence and strengthen cooperation with Canadian authorities. The newly signed bill authorizes California law enforcement officers to enforce Canadian domestic violence protection orders. “California and Canada enjoy significant cross-border trade, travel, and …

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Why Can’t I Heal?

Originally published on ACEs Connection on July 17, 2017 By Svava Brooks. This is a question I asked myself for a long time. So many people could diagnose me. So many people could tell me what was wrong with me. But few could actually help me heal. Why? Because my …

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Do You Know How Courageous You Are?!

Originally published on ACEs Connection on , 2017 By Svava Brooks. Abuse and trauma survivors are incredibly strong people. We know our strength is what helped us survive, and it’s what keeps us going now. Yet we know something is missing. This missing link is courage. We know we’re strong. …

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“The most important thing I’ve learned about depression…”

Originally published on Option B on April, 2017 By Dior Vargas. My depression emerged when I was only six years old. It started after my dad abandoned my mom, my sister, and me. He was abusive to my mom, but I was still devastated when he left because we’d been …

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