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October is domestic violence awareness month and when most people think of domestic violence, they imagine mostly female victims. However, abuse of men happens as well – in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. But some are taking it upon themselves to change all that.

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How One Website Is Changing the Way Women Fight Domestic Violence

UK-based gender and technology project Chayn puts the power to end abuse in the hands of those who need it most.

UK-based gender and technology project Chayn helps empower women via social media.

Imagine the following scenario: you are a woman who lives in the developing world, and your husband regularly abuses you. You live in a society that does not allow women to work once they are married, therefore you are largely under the financial and domestic control of your partner, and rarely able to leave the house. You tell your mother about the abuse, but she insists carrying out your duty as a wife is globally important. What do you do?

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New Emojis Give Kids a Unique Language to Speak Out Against Abuse

Featuring images of abuse, alcohol use, and self-harm, Abused Emoji offers children a means to express their complex realities.

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Love them or hate them, emojis have become one of the most widely used pseudo-languages of our smartphone-based world. From sex to racial diversity, emojis have grown and adapted to fit the needs of those digital natives for whom a picture might very well be worth a thousand words. And for some children, emojis may soon become a powerful tool to express ideas and emotions too complex and overwhelming to put into words.

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