Domestic Abuse

Violence Against Women Act


Your DGB for today is to get your elected reps to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, as it is due to expire next month.

In the past, this bill has always had bipartisan support, and has always been reauthorized when it came up on the floor. Yet this time, the reauthorization bill has zero Republican co-sponsors and little if any GOP support. We think we know why. Since a gun is the most common weapon in domestic murders, this bill seeks to make it harder for domestic violence perpetrators to keep their guns. Well, as you can imagine, this goes over like a lead balloon with the NRA-owned GOP. Protect women, or protect murder-sticks? Hmmmm… Tough choice.

Please call your members of congress and urge them to re-authorize this critical piece of legislation. If your representatives are Republican, lean on them to co-sponsor this bill, because the health and safety of women *should* be bipartisan… right?


Out With John Kelly


Your DGB for today is to demand White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s resignation.

White House staffer Rob Porter resigned yesterday, after reports that he abused both of his ex wives surfaced Tuesday. He’s a piece of shit and no one is surprised, least of all Senior White House staff. They’ve known since LAST FALL. Not only that, but they both defended him and expanded his role since then.

John Kelly’s statement on the matter included this passage:

"Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor and I can't say enough good things about him.”

And here’s a photo of what Porter did to wife Colbie Holderness in 2005:


Kelly doesn’t get to stick around after this. Let @PressSec on Twitter know it’s time for him to resign.


Domestic Abuse Awareness

Your DGB for today is to learn the signs of domestic abuse and how to help yourself or a loved one create an exit strategy.

DGB cannot claim to be experts in this area, but we have collected a variety of informed resources in one easy-to-share Grab. If any of the following broad descriptions sound like behaviors your partner or the partner of a loved one has exhibited, please explore these links further. If not, bookmark this for future reference. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence statistics suggest you or someone in your life may need it. 



Controlling behavior and isolation of the victim

Pushing the relationship to get serious very quickly

Unrealistic expectations

Blaming others for problems and/or feelings


Cruelty to animals or children

Any use of force during intimacy

Verbal abuse

Belief in rigid sex roles

Dual personality

History of battering

Threats of violence

Any force during an argument, including breaking or striking objects


This is a comprehensive collection of general domestic abuse resources.

Read about the intersection of substance abuse and domestic violence at

Hack*Blossom also has an excellent guide to cyber security for victims of domestic abuse.

Lastly, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233 is always a good place to start. Add it to your contacts.