Photo courtesy of the Parkersburg Shimmy Mob team performed Saturday at the Parkersburg Riverfront Amphitheater as part of a global event to raise awareness and donations of domestic violence.

Parkersburg — Dance can be used as a way to express, exercise and enjoy yourself. You can also raise awareness and solicit donations, as the Shimmy Mob teams around the world show.

What is a Simmy Mob?

A dance performance group founded by Francesca Anastasi (also known as Sabeya), it raises awareness and raises funds for women and children’s shelters in participating communities around the world.

This year, there were 147 teams around the world, including the Mid-Ohio Valley.

This year, all the teams “Yarayagamira” The instrumental songs and dances from Emad Sayyah’s album Arabian Jewels have been choreographed by ShimmyMob team leader Ellie Taylor since 2019 and currently run weekly classes and offer online lessons from Kiama, Australia.

The event, held worldwide for 11 years on May 14th, World Belly Dance Day, raises funds and supplies for victims of abuse at local shelters.

According to Jewels Whitney, the founder of the Area Team, the area donations are being made to the women’s shelter at the Family Crisis Intervention Center. Evacuation shelters require cleaning supplies such as paper towels and disinfectant wipes, but they also collect money.

This year’s sponsor was Fitness with a Philis training studio and workout facilities at Belpre. Parkersburg YMCA and Full Circle Yoga donated space for practice.

Next Saturday, YMCA will offer a free belly dance workshop under the guidance of Whitney from 11am to noon. There, more donations to the shelter will be collected.

Look at the stats:

∫ One in three women and one in four men have been victims of physical violence by close partners throughout their lives. Recent studies show that psychological abuse by intimate partners is much higher than physical abuse.

∫ Psychological abuse is a precursor to most cases of domestic violence. Recognizing early signs is the key to breaking patterns and stopping abuse before causing irreversible damage.

Examples of psychological abuse:

∫ Take excessive responsibility

∫ Overly critical spirit

∫ Grudge

∫ Hit a negative label on an individual’s characteristics and behavior

∫ Threatening physical harm

∫ Start rumors that damage your reputation

∫ Explosion of anger

∫ Operation (“If you love me, you …”).

∫ Tax withholding information

∫ Restrict access to finances and personal belongings

∫ Refuse to acknowledge the feelings of the partner

∫ Use ironic or mock tones, even if the message itself is positive

∫ Oral threat

∫ Insult your partner in front of friends, family and strangers

∫ Continuous criticism and humiliation

∫ Slandering and abusive language use

∫ Shout disproportionate anger and intimidation

∫ Unreasonable accusations of partners

∫ Withhold love, approval or gratitude as punishment

∫ Relentless jealousy and dishonesty accusations

∫ Instill the following beliefs in your partner “What he / she does is never enough”

∫ Use of intimate knowledge to create vulnerabilities

∫ Threatening to abuse or abuse a partner’s children or pets with the aim of emotionally hurting the partner

∫ Be irresponsible for money

∫ Condemn his or her behavior after continuous cheating

∫ Use insults, irony, or sneers

∫ Laugh at your partner

∫ Hurt yourself or threaten to hurt yourself

∫ Deny a statement or promise made or action taken and tell your partner that it’s all in his / her mind

∫ Silent treatment

∫ Listen to his / her phone, monitor car mileage, phone / text message / email

∫ Stop access to family and friends

∫ Make rules about what to say, what to do, and what to wear.

∫ Act like a spoiled child

∫ Act helplessly to go your own way

∫ You will never find a better person for him / her, or tell him / her that they are lucky to be with someone like them

This list is not complete. There are more examples.

Need help?

If you or anyone you know is at risk, contact a local domestic violence shelter or a national domestic violence hotline (text). “start” Call 88788 or 1-800-799-7233)

Source: Psychology Today – Steven Stosny Ph. D., Ashleighspatienceproject – Healthline

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