From March 2017

Sobering Assessment of Domestic Violence Victims

Fifty per cent of domestic-violence victims are strangled at some point in the course of their relationship—often repeatedly, over years—and the overwhelming majority of strangulation perpetrators are men. Those strangled to the point of losing consciousness are at the highest risk of dying in the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours…

Giveaway – My New eBook Something To Be Brave For

Dear Priscilla Bennett Community: My new eBook is now available for presale on Amazon. I would like to giveaway copies starting today and get feedback before my official release date of April 3, 2017. Would you like a copy? Just email me at priscilla@priscillabennett.com and I will forward you a…

Read Jenny’s Story – “I Survived to Help Others”

By Rose Minutaglio•@RoseMinutaglio Posted on March 9, 2017 at 2:32pm EDT Domestic abuse survivor Jenny Andrus prays that no other woman will ever have to endure the horror she went through two years ago. Andrus, 43, is the victim of domestic abuse by her ex-husband Val Santarromana, who is currently…

Saturday Sunrise…Boston Looks Beautiful to Me

Good morning Priscilla Bennett Community! I wanted to check in, say hello and share some random weekend thoughts. It’s been quite a week. My team and I have been preparing for the release of my first novel Something To Be Brave For. The eBook will be released on April 3,…

From the Mayo Clinic

Domestic violence against women: Recognize patterns, seek help Domestic violence is a serious threat for many women. Know the signs of an abusive relationship and how to leave a dangerous situation. Your partner apologizes and says the hurtful behavior won’t happen again — but you fear it will. At times…

UN Chief Warns Women Globally Are Suffering New Assaults

By Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS — Mar 13, 2017, 7:52 PM ET Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that women are suffering “new assaults on their safety and dignity” around the world, pointing to extremists subjugating women and governments curtailing women’s freedoms and rolling back laws against domestic…

Snow Day in Boston by Priscilla Bennett

Today I wanted to go to The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston to see their biennial showcase on Boston-area artists, but it was a snow day and hasn’t stopped. I love the building—all glass and sharp angled steel hovering over Boston Harbor like a protective bird. I like to…

The Link Between Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse

The complex link between domestic violence and substance abuse creates unique challenges to treatment and encourages relapse in both behaviors. Domestic violence and chemical dependency share similar characteristics, such as loss of control, continued negative behaviors despite knowing the consequences, obsession, tolerance development and withdrawal. Forty to sixty percent of…

My Inspiration by Priscilla Bennett

After twenty years, I retired as an emergency room nurse from the large Boston hospital where I’d started my career, and it was the abused women’s stories and experiences that inspired me to write this novel. I created a young heroine from the upper echelons of medical society to demonstrate…

Brave Stacey Solomon Talks About Domestic Abuse

 ‘I was in an abusive relationship. These people manipulate you’ 16:23 – 13 Mar 2017 STACEY SOLOMON OPENS UP ABOUT BEING IN AN ABUSE RELATIONSHIP Speaking about domestic violence, Stacey talked about her own personal experience of being in an abusive relationship in the past. ‘I was in an abusive…

A Common Thread – A Blog Post by Priscilla Bennett

As more and more battered women came into the emergency room by ambulance, car or on foot, I saw the magnitude of a problem no one wanted to address. I witnessed and treated abused women from all backgrounds and saw the devastating effects of mental and physical violence it had…

Jenny McCarthy Speaks Out

Worthless Disgusting Ugly Fat Smelly March 9, 2017 170 Comments [E Online] It took surviving an abusive ex to make Jenny McCarthy learn how to love herself. Speaking at a product launch for a hair product, the Sirius XM radio host and TV personality opened up about a four-year toxic relationship with…

Mom’s Operating Room Stories

At the age of twelve, I began writing down my mother’s operating room stories in a journal. “Tonight at dinner, Mom told us about a surgeon she worked with today. She said everyone calls him the Head Chopper. He does the most serious cancer cases from the neck up, and…

Domestic Violence Didn’t Exist In My Universe

I was raised in a loving family in South Boston. Both my parents needed to work to support us—there were four girls— my mother was an operating room nurse, and my father had his own plumbing business. He used to joke that they were doing the same thing—rewiring plumbing— only…