Something To Be Brave For

SOMETHING TO BE BRAVE FOR tells the sometimes tender yet often harrowing story of abuse and of a woman’s resilience and courage, a tale that culminates in the triumph of self-discovery.

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Critical Acclaim

"If you couldn't get enough of 'Big Little Lies', either the series or the book, then you should get your hands on 'Something To Be Brave For'. Ms. Bennett has put a unique spin on the age-old story of a woman trapped in an abusive marriage. She creates a world of privilege that becomes a gilded prison for her protagonist, and that traps the reader into turning page after absorbing page to see how she'll manage to escape. This is absorbing reading at its unputdownable best." — Luther L., Amazon Review

"I just finished reading Something to be Brave For. The book was very intense and shocking as it centres around domestic abuse. It was very heartfelt and sad to know that there are many people out there that are suffering in silence and just because of your families social status it does not mean that you are immune to it. The book was very well written and realistic." — Dr. Stars, Goodreads Review

"This book handles the emotional subject of Domestic Violence, a subject I'm passionate about through my paid work and previous volunteer work with Victim Support. The Author delicately handles the subject and shows how a couple on the outside can be the envy of everyone who meets them; outwardly seen as being a happily married and successful couple, but behind closed doors the story couldn't be more different."— Lisa Hardy, Bookalicious Travel Addict Review

"The novel, Something To Be Brave For is a unique—yet still universal—story of domestic violence. Katie lives in an Architectural Digest home with her husband, a surgeon whose skill is known to the world and whose brutality is known only to his wife. This story of a women trapped in a gilded cage, living with a monster, transcends race, color and class: Katie is a sister to every battered woman. She’s also a survivor and as she turns her life of horror into one of hope, the reader will want to stand up and cheer!"— Rosemary Rogers, author of eight books including the bestseller Saints Preserve Us! and numerous magazine and newspaper articles.

"Well-written story beautifully told that will help those who are suffering from mental and physical abuse."— Fred Mermelstein, Ph.D Healthcare Entrepreneur and Former CEO and President of Javelin Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge MA

"Spellbinding…captures the world of high society; the elegant homes, political and sexual alliances, the affairs, dalliances and even the world of cosmetic surgery that often attends this glamorous-and frequently dangerous-lifestyle…" — Lewis Burke Frumkes, Author.  Read More 

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I read an article about why domestic violence awareness hasn’t caught up with the #MeToo movement and thought I’d share some of the findings. After the #MeToo movement went viral, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence created its own hashtag,…

Can You Spot An Abusive Partner Before You Get Involved?

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Is it possible to spot an abusive partner before you get involved? It is difficult in many cases. Many abusers are highly intelligent, clever and charming. They use this technique to deceive and manipulate drawing the victim in. As survivors know, the transition from love to…

What Survivors Can Collect For Evidence Of Abuse

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Here are some suggestions for collecting evidence of abuse. I hope they are helpful. Any written rules imposed by the abuser Information about abuse of previous partners Proof that you are being financially marginalized Records proving you provide most of the child care Diary of physical…

Statements Abusers Make To Control Their Victims

It’s almost summer, and I hope everyone had a pleasant Memorial Day Weekend. Often the holiday weekends bring on more violence and abuse instead of peaceful enjoyable interactions. I wanted to share some of the statements abusers will make to keep their victims under control. These are only a handful…

Children’s Domestic Abuse Wheel

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, As we come to the end of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, I wanted to share how violence affects children in relation to the Children’s Domestic Abuse Wheel. The wheel is divided into eight sections with these headings: Emotional Abuse, Physical and Mental Effects, Sexual Abuse,…

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, April brings spring flowers and is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse is under-reported and is a hidden epidemic. Over the past 10 years, more than 20,000 American children are believed to have been killed in their own homes by family members—almost five a…

White Ribbon Day

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Last Thursday State leaders in Massachusetts launched the White Ribbon Day campaign to end domestic violence. Thousands of men and boys took the pledge to end violence against women and promote safety and respect. The pledge reads, “From this day forward, I promise to be part…

The Cycle Of Abuse

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, The cycle of abuse will continue over and over until the abused one stops it. There’s a script domestic violence follows with the abuser rigidly in control. The survivors develop a script of their own and repeat the same lines over and over to themselves, friends…

Perspecticide

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I just read an article on Perspecticide and thought I would share some of the ideas about it. Perspecticide is the abuse-related incapacity to know what you know. It’s often part of a strategy of coercive control that may include manipulation, stalking, gaslighting and physical abuse.…

Why Doesn’t She Just Leave?

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s 2018 and I hope the holidays well and have hope for this coming year. It’s important to have hope. Life is always changing. At a recent party, I got into a conversation with another woman about my previous nursing career and the domestic violence issue,…

Surviving The Holidays

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I hope your holidays were peaceful and that you are staying warm. The emergency room I worked in was busiest during the holidays. Alcohol and drug consumption, high expectations of families and close quarters over an extended period of time seemed to contribute to the rise…

The Abuser And Food

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Now that we’ve entered the holiday season, abuse seems to escalate in so many ways. Food is such an important part of enjoying the festivities along with certain customs and traditions connected with food and other pleasures. Sometimes the abusers decide to use food as a…

Sex And The Surgeon

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, My mother, who was an operating room nurse, inspired me to follow her into the nursing profession. She told many stories of surgeons misbehaving in and out of the operating room, and in the 1970s they got away with it. She saw surgeons grab nurses behinds…

Eating The Leftovers

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I hope you were all safe over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Often domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse escalate during the holidays. When I worked in the emergency room, I saw it over and over. Drugs and alcohol played a part along with high expectations of…

Sexual Harassment In The Workplace And At Home

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, The spotlight is now on sexual harassment from Hollywood to Congress with much in between, and it’s long overdue. Women have put up with it, considered it part of the job description and have been silent out of fear. Sexual harassment and rape occur in situations…

Protect The Children

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I hope you had a restful weekend. Now it’s the start of a new week, and I wanted to share more on the effects of domestic violence on children. They are the innocent victims that don’t understand what is happening—filled with fear, helplessness and self-blame—they try…

Practicing Humane Medicine

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Friday and it feels like summer—amazing weather for November. I hope you have some relaxing plans for the weekend. Harry and I are going to the Farmer’s Market tomorrow to pick up some fresh vegetables, honey and fruit. This week was difficult for Harry who…

The Shelter

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I hope all of you were able to get some rest over the weekend. The weather has been amazing for this time of year. Harry and I went to a shelter where we volunteer our time once a week and try to give whatever we can…

Children And Domestic Violence

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and here are some statistics from different articles on children that I wanted to share. Each year, an estimated 3.3 million children are exposed to violence by family members against their mothers or female caretakers. American Psychl. Ass’n, Violence and the…

Women And Domestic Violence

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, To honor Domestic Violence Awareness month and to expose this epidemic, I wanted to include more statistics from an article that I read. Every 9 seconds a woman is battered in the United States. AMA, 1998, Georgia Department of Human Resources, 1999 Nearly 5.3 million intimate…

Emotional Abuse

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and here’s an excerpt from an article I read on emotional abuse. “Emotional abuse can escalate to violence, but doesn’t always. Abusers instead control their partners with words. The abuse, sometimes called coercive control, can be difficult to spot, both inside…

The Epidemic

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the color purple represents it as a symbol of peace, courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending violence. I have a purple scarf that I wear in respect to those that have been killed and who are suffering. We’ve…

A Coincidence

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Today Harry and I had lunch at our favorite pizza restaurant—pizza margherita with extra cheese—it doesn’t do much for our cholesterol, and for that reason, we only indulge once in a blue moon, making it taste even better. We sat at a table for two next…

Morgan and Reilly

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, The cooler weather over the weekend was refreshing, and it looks like this week will be temperate. Harry and I straightened up in the garden—pulling weeds and dead flowers—we left my geraniums alone with their green leaves and red blossoms. They’ll last a while longer. I…

Tea At The Kitchen Table

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Friday, and I hope you will have some time to relax this weekend. Fall seemed to have arrived today, and I so enjoyed the crisp dry air instead of the heat and humidity. Yesterday Tommy gave me a computer lesson, and after a posting, blogging,…

Jet Lag

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Here we are mid-week, and it has been so warm here, I can’t believe it’s officially Fall. Harry and I picked Reilly up at the vet where he stayed while we were away, and it was a joyous reunion of tail wagging, barking and jumping. At…

Family Ties

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Monday, and I’m back. I hope all of you are well. I missed you. Our trip was an emotional rollercoaster ride, as they say, but mission accomplished. I apologize for not having access to the website. I missed posting, tweeting and blogging and felt that…