Category Archives: violence

Scapegoats: Burdening Those with Mental Health Conditions with a Nation’s Outrage

America, we need to talk. Specifically, we need to talk in more meaningful ways and be more intentional with our words. After the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history by a domestic terrorist in Las Vegas over the weekend leaving … Continue reading

Until All Lives TRULY Matter

  Don’t tell me that ALL lives matter until they truly do. Don’t tell me that until LGBT lives matter, homeless lives matter, veteran lives matter, poor lives matter, those with mental health challenges lives matter, women’s lives matter, the … Continue reading

Music As A Change Agent

So. . .the Grammys were Sunday night: Part fashion show, part rock concert, part awards show. Madonna made (some?) of us vow to go back to the gym and posed as a confused matador/flamenco dancer. Kanye West took his pro-Beyonce … Continue reading

To Those Who Wish Me Silent

Thinking about the stigma that surrounds the concept of survivorship and the timeline of healing that those unaffected by trauma and sometimes, even those who have been, place on our shoulders. A number of thoughts came to mind and I … Continue reading

I Am From: Surviving Trauma and Becoming A Phoenix

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at the Success, Hopes and Dreams 2014 Nebraska Statewide Behavioral Health Conference.  As part of the advocacy I do with the Truth Leadership Council of the Domestic Violence Council, I offered the opportunity … Continue reading

Peer Support Training Didn’t Make Me An “Expert”

    It has been a while since I’ve posted here, so it seems appropriate to update and see what all of you have been up to, as well as to provide an explanation for what I’ve been doing.  As … Continue reading

Just Drunk Talk: Surviving & Thriving After Domestic Violence

Recently, I decided to lend my voice to the efforts to curb domestic violence.  The choice to tell my TRUTH, not my “story” (as though you or I lived fiction) in a public forum versus merely in conversation with friends … Continue reading

Guest Post: When Abuse is Normal, Normal is Abuse by Jenny Griffin

Today, I am honored and blessed to share this piece by Jenny Griffin with each of you.  Jenny is the Catharsis Coach and she makes some very important points about “normal” when one has been abused.  Without any further ado, … Continue reading

Naked Truth Telling

*TRIGGER WARNING – rape and violence are referenced in both videos.*   Friday evening I had the honor of live reading two of my poems at the biennial Native Omaha Days celebration.  There is something very vulnerable about standing and … Continue reading

Don’t Take That Yoke!

Text and Image © 2013 Paulissa Kipp Don’t Take That Yoke! A heart full of love compensates for a heart and mind that is filled with hate. The hope for a peaceful future exists in the way in which we … Continue reading