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http://au.reachout.com/find/articles/an-abusive-relationship This offers tips on what to do / say to convince someone why they shouldn't remain in an abusive relationship. The problem with abusive relationships is that people who have been abused for so long see the abuse as being normal, a one off, or are scared of what happens if they leave. There are Australian domestic violence services (Rape Crisis Centre, Mens Line, Centre Against Sexual Assault Crisis, Police/Ambulance/Fire Brigade is 000)

http://www.heart-2-heart.ca/men/The Excellent advice on how abused men can leave violent relationships. The advice can also apply to abused women, and people of other genders. It covers safety, legal and financial issues, evidence documenting the abuse (photos, affidavits, journal/diary), contact details of domestic violence services, financial documents (credit card/mortgage/insurance/investment documents, your Will). This also offers great advice on how to convince someone to leave an abusive relationship and not be fooled when the abuser pretends to have changed their ways.

Also, something important to keep in mind: Domestic violence is a Child Protection issue. Many domestic violence situations (more than fifty percent) involve child neglect or child abuse. In Australia, children witnessing/hearing domestic violence is considered a form of abuse.
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At least 145 people have died from the Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand, and many people have been injured on gone missing. This is absolutely heartbreaking and devastating news. Please pitch in to help in some way. Every bit helps, so don't worry about not being able to contribute anything. Below is some information on what you can do to help, and where to find support if you're living in areas affected by the earthquake:

In Australia, you can donate to NZ Earthquake survivors at your local Woolworths supermarket.

Offer or look for help for the NZ earthquake by visiting the TradeMe website here (for emergency accommodation, Lost and Found pets, transport, volunteers) :


  • Australian government helpline from New Zealand: +61 2 6261 3305
  • Ausralian government helpline from Australia: 1300 555 135

Emergency assistance number: 0800 779 997
For local emergencies, call: 111
For missing people: Google Person Finder or 0800 733 276


Use the Christchurh Recovery map to identify hazards, evacuaion zones and government agencies:
From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10708187:


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Hi everyone,

Check this out! http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/ltrs.index.htm 

This website has valuable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

It has free flyers and resources, too. Wrightslaw is US based, but has some information on letter writing and communication that is priceless for anyone.

If you check the menu on the left hand side of the website, there's links on assistive technology (technology that helps people with disabilities), law, advocacy, ADHD, mediation, juvenile justice and more. You can also discover upcoming seminars and search for topics in alphabetical order (just look at the top left hand side of the website, under the heading "Wrightslaw").  

There's also a section on how to write letters to stand up for and represent children with disabilities here: http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/ltrs.index.htm

Please feel more than free to let me know of any other legal resources for children or people with disabilities! And pass this on! It's more useful if more people know about it. You never know who might need it one day.
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Trayce Shaw's helpful youtube videos to straight people and GLBTIQ people (on having GLBTIQ friends, coming out, dealing with bullying and homophobia):


The Tyra Banks show has many invaluable episodes on important issues people from all walks of life face (teen dating abuse (domestic violence), homophobia, advice from doctors, racism, harm caused by prostitution)



Anti Pornography blog: Youtube account with loads of videos. These onlione videos reveal the ugly truth about how pornography creates demand for prostitution and sex trafficking: http://www.youtube.com/user/AntiPornographyBlog
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Hi there!

Here are 2 lj communities that can answer questions or give advice on almost anything!

Check these out here:

http://community.livejournal.com/thequestionclub/profile The Question Club. Membership is moderated, and people with new lj blogs can't join. If you have a new blog and still want to join, you can email one of the moderators.


Ask me Anything lj community. Remember - one question per post. Ask me Anything also has related lj communities (click on the link to see its user info page. The user info page has links to related lj communities).

Best of luck in finding the answers you've been searching for!
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Hi there! You may find these links handy if you're a young Scot (a person aged under 26 in Scotland):

Your rights and the law - what you can do at what age:

http://www.youngscot.org/channels/law/?ss=131&s=46&sr=68&ID=22089 The Young Scots website also has plenty of helpful information if you're stuck and need advice on many issues (including education, moving out, getting a job, money, your legal rights, safety, health, sexuality). On the top right hand side of the website (under the words What's Happening) is a box saying"Choose Town". Click on this and scroll down to the town you live in for more advice on what you can do.

Housing and homelessness: http://www.youngscot.org/channels/housing/


Get advice on what to do and who to contact) if you are the victim of crime, and the offender is a young person: http://www.crimeandyou.net/c_o12_help.cfm

Dumfries and Galloway Police website: http://www.dumfriesandgalloway.police.uk/
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To teens out there reading:

LJ communities that give advice for teens:



You cand discuss relationship problems, moving out, dealing with traumatic situations, family violence. These are places to ask for advice and vent.

Best of luck, and hope this helps!


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