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#AbuseTalk Forum is NOW OPEN!!! @JenLGilmour

Today I am helping spread the word about #AbuseTalk Forum started by Jennifer Gilmour.  By now you know I am a huge supporter of hers. Though she is based in the UK, this forum is worldwide as domestic abuse is everywhere! Today is the ‘opening day’ of the Forum!

Up to date information on the day on virtual opening event: https://www.facebook.com/events/227612351343912/

Hi, I am Jennifer Gilmour and I am an advocate for women in abusive relationships, I am an author and a mum of three. I have personally experienced domestic abuse and wanted to bring awareness to what happens behind closed doors.

A bit about my journey:

My debut novel, ‘Isolation Junction’ was published in 2016 which follows the story of Rose who is trying to flee her abusive partner. The book is based on true events of my own and has been fictionalised.

Since this publication I have continued to be an advocate for those in abusive relationships through my blog posts, radio interviews and Twitter feed.

My second publication was released in October 2017; I put together stories told to me by survivors of domestic abuse. In this way, I hope to give a voice to their experiences and to raise awareness of the types of unacceptable behaviour which fall into the category of domestic abuse. Thankfully the law has changed to incorporate this kind of insidious behaviour but still far too many people are trapped, isolated and afraid or unaware of how to escape. I hope that this anthology will give them the courage to take that first step and will raise awareness for those who can help them.

I opened #AbuseTalk in October in 2017 and haven’t looked back, its opened many doors, its connected many people, its supported lots of individuals and it has created an community.

I was a finalist for Inspirational Mum Award in the BizMums Awards 2017.

I started writing for Coercive Control Chat Magazine (CCChat Magazine) in October 2017, I have my own column for #AbuseTalk and an Online Book Club with a difference.

In May 2018 I won Most Informative Blog 2018 in the Blogger Bash Awards, something I am most thrilled about.

 

Why have I opened a forum?

I have always felt a forum was needed but couldn’t find its place and so I decided a Twitter Chat was the direction to go. After a few months of hosting #AbuseTalk I realised that tweeting was great but it wasn’t for those who don’t want to publicly discuss domestic abuse. It is also restrictive with the character limitations. That’s when I realised that a forum can work alongside the Twitter Chat and offering a register only forum.

I am also delighted to have the forum sponsored by a solicitor which will be announced in the grand opening, our solicitor has agreed to answer questions within the forum on their own thread ‘Ask a solicitor’. This is priceless, to have the opportunity to ask a solicitor when perhaps someone may not have had the ability to do so. 

How do I access the new forum?

You can head there right now… www.jennifergilmour.com/community

PLEASE NOTE: You will only see the news and updates forum until you are registered, once you are registered you will see the main Abuse Talk Forum appear with all the topics and discussions.

Who is the forum for?

Anyone! Anyone with an interest or passion surrounding domestic abuse.

It can also be for those in the sector like charities, organisations, advocates, bloggers, businesses and more.

Or it can be individuals that want to help, offer guidance, who have gone through abuse or are going through it now.

There will be a VIP Membership area but that is opening later on, updates will be given and this will be just £10 a year with a bag full of offers, discounts and more. This is you really need that extra security and community.

Sign up for notification of this service here: http://eepurl.com/dor93f

I would like to sponsor the forum, how do I do this?

The forum is open for sponsorship to cover the maintenance and time it takes to moderate the posts.

Anyone can be a silent sponsor for £1 or £3, scroll to the bottom of this page: https://jennifergilmour.com/abuse-talk-twitter/

For businesses/charities/organisations/advocates etc please contact me for availability – contact@jennifergilmour.com

Sponsors will receive a unique badge to place on their website and social media to show that they support the forum.

Tell me more about #AbuseTalk…

#AbuseTalk is a Twitter Chat that runs every Wednesday evening 8-9pm GMT. It is open to anyone who wants to discuss domestic abuse.

Each week we have a theme which is there to help the conversation flow through the one hour. You can at any point ask your own questions, reply to others and join in.

Not in the UK? That’s not a problem either, we have people joining in around the world and have adapted the cover photo to display the times in the timezones most used.

Find out more here:

https://jennifergilmour.com/abuse-talk-twitter/

 Need to know more?

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or are interested in becoming a sponsor at contact@jennifergilmour.com

Thank you for your time and if the forum isn’t for you – it may be for one of your friends. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men experience domestic abuse in their lifetime.

Video on how to register and see how the visibility of the forum is altered with the registration- https://youtu.be/YtImyAHffDE

Happy 5th Anniversary!

It’s my fifth anniversary and it does not feel like it! It is crazy how time flies by.  We have a special weekend planned. Five years is a big deal!  I’m not traditional, so I had to look it up and saw the 5th anniversary is wood….. Hey now….Paper comes from wood…. Maybe he got me books!  lol…. He’s out of luck as I did not get him anything wood……

To my hubby:

I really love you and I am so excited for this weekend.  Life may have taken us in a totally unexpected direction, but we are pulling through.  Thank you for being so supportive of my site and my love of books. And thank you so much for being my editor: You help to make my reviews better!

To those supporting us:

Prayers and thoughts are needed as this journey we are experiencing is long term. We thank everyone who has been helpful in any way.

Special thanks to Nancy:

For the surprise anniversary gift basket she gave us. You are wonderful and it was unexpected and very sweet of you! Lots of love to you and Thomas!

 

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SNOW in Georgia!

As you guys know, I live in Georgia. Well we have had snow!  It started Friday morning.  We were sent home from work at noon, which was almost too late!  The roads were bad and I don’t drive a car for that kind of weather.. I made it home safely. The snow continued through part of yesterday. We lost power and internet off and on all day!  It’s on now and will hopefully stay on…

Here’s some pictures of the snow. It’s pretty, but….. People can’t drive in this stuff!  They don’t need to be out in it either….

We estimated 8-10 inches. It started melting off the trees yesterday and we got the snow off the cars.  It got really cold last night so what’s still there is most likely refroze and is ice now….

We are hoping to get out this afternoon.  If it comes down to it there is a Family Dollar within walking distance.  We do have a Bronco that is 4WD, but it is having mechanical issues. We will see what today brings and who know what will happen tomorrow…

We live across from a cemetery, and it looked so pretty! A small portion is civil war and the snow on the wall around those tombstones was so pretty.


Our poor little house!  8-10 inches…

Anyone else got any snow this weekend?  I’m hopefully going to catch up on my blogging today. I hope to get posts scheduled for the week and I have two reviews to write: The Hate U Give (This is one I am nervous about reviewing as I was nervous about reading it) and Anatomy of a Scandal.  This was originally to be released December 5, but was changed to January.

Have a great Sunday guys!

 

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