From July 2017

RedRover Sends Heroes Right Over

One nonprofit hopes to fund a pet-friendly domestic violence shelter in every state July 26, 2017 By domesticshelters.org Think of them as the Red Cross for animals, says Nicole Forsyth, President and CEO of RedRover. For the past 30 years, the nonprofit has been helping animals in crisis situations. They…

Computer Challenges

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, On Saturday, Harry caught two flounders and a blowfish. He threw them back in the river to swim free, and we went out to dinner with my youngest sister, Kelly, who is also a nurse and not yet retired. She’d just gotten off work on the…

World Day Against Human Trafficking – July 30, 2017

World Day against Trafficking in Persons occurs July 30th to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.” Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries and will likely continue to grow. Every country is directly affected by…

Katie Learns To Knit

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Friday and the start of another summer weekend. I hope you’re all well. Harry wants to go fishing tomorrow, so if it’s not raining, we’ll go down to the river. I don’t enjoy fishing much, but he likes me to keep him company. Harry baits…

News from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence – 7.28.17

    The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence applauds Senators Collins, Murkowski and McCain for standing up for victims and survivors of domestic violence, their children, and all Americans by voting against the Senate’s ‘skinny’ Affordable Care Act repeal, which would, if enacted as passed, have led to 16 million people losing healthcare and…

Abuse Cannot Be Blamed on Mental Illness

Abusers love excuses. They only yelled at you because they were drunk. They only hit you because they were hit as children. They’re only abusive because they’re depressed. It’s not their fault. Survivors told DomesticShelters in a recent survey that the number one barrier that often prevents them from leaving…

The Colic Story

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I hope you’ve been enjoying the cooler weather before the heat returns. My daughter and grandson came over for a visit, and he still has a touch of colic where he tenses, pulls his little legs up and cries with what seems like stomach pains. We…

O. J. Simpson — “I’ve led a conflict-free life.”

NFL Star, Actor, Spokesperson, Celebrity, Son, Husband, Father, Narcissist, Abuser, Kidnapper, Armed Robber and Most Think a Murderer. He was born July 9, 1947 in San Francisco, California and granted Parole on July 20, 2017. But not for domestic violence and murder. He was acquitted of the latter in criminal…

Katie’s Childhood

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Over the weekend I had time to delve more deeply into my Katie character as I cleaned my kitchen cabinets. My daughters had come for a visit, and we sat in the living room laughing and sharing stories about their lives. As I watched them, I…

Gardening With Rose

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Please take special care to stay hydrated in this summer heat—water, ginger ale and sports drinks are a good combination to keep your electrolytes balanced. Harry and I had to stop doing the gardening before we passed out. “Come on, Pris, we finished the weeding, and…

Group of Friends Renovate Domestic Violence Shelter

The Partnership for Families, Children and Adults announces the renovation of its Domestic Violence Shelter, thanks to the effort and generosity of community volunteers. For nearly a decade, Tennessee has consistently ranked among the top 10 states in the nation for the most homicides due to domestic violence. Partnership’s shelter…

Katie’s Mindset

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Harry and I just got back from having lunch down at the pier where there’s always a nice cool breeze. We strolled along the water’s edge where we had our first date, and Harry took my hand. We reminisced about our romance and had a good…

Shadow Of A Doubt

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Over the weekend, I watched the film SHADOW OF A DOUBT again on the old movie channel. My father loved 1940s black and white films and introduced me to them when I was a kid. On Saturday afternoons, he would take me to the movies, and…

More On Katie

  Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s a cool wet Friday, and my garden and I are so happy after yesterday’s heat and humidity. It’s my youngest daughter’s birthday tomorrow, so I’m busy baking a birthday cake from scratch—eggs, flour, sugar, butter and vanilla. I beat seedless raspberry jam with a…

What Is the National Task Force?

Nationwide, the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence works as an important voice in the conversation about public policy that can reduce domestic violence. While the National Task Force works to change federal laws, state, city, and community task forces are needed to focus specifically on the…

Reilly Update

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s mid-week, and Harry and I just got the results of Reilly’s x-rays from the radiologist who concurred with the vet that Reilly does not have a fracture and his hips and pelvis are fine, but that he has a floating knee cap and advanced arthritis…

Learn About Hope House

Our Mission Statement Hope House’s mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing safe refuge and supportive services that educate and empower those affected by domestic violence. Hope House will advocate social change that protects and enables a person’s right to live a life free of abuse.…

Reilly In Distress

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Monday, and I hope you had a peaceful weekend. Unexpectedly, we were busy taking care of Reilly. On Saturday after his breakfast, he suddenly began to limp. His back right leg was sticking out, he was whimpering and couldn’t put any weight on it. Fortunately,…

What Are the Roots of Domestic Violence?

Many factors can contribute to domestic violence, but none excuse hurting another person. Partners who are in healthy relationships respond to problems by talking things out together—or sometimes by seeking therapy—and do not turn to controlling or abusive behavior. You have a right to be respected in all aspects of…

Please Read About Camp Hope America

Camp HOPE America, a program of Alliance for HOPE International, is the first nationwide camping and mentoring initiative in the United States to focus on children exposed to domestic violence. Camp HOPE operates in collaboration with Family Justice Centers and community-based domestic violence and child advocacy agencies across the United…

More About Claude

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I hope you’re all well and looking forward to getting some rest and relaxation over the weekend. This morning Harry and I took Reilly to the vet for a booster shot. He didn’t even feel it—not a whimper. The vet gave us a new medication for…

Safe Horizon Is Your Safe Place To Rebuild

Signs of Abuse Some signs of domestic violence are more obvious than others. Here are a few common signs. Does your intimate partner ever: Accuse you of cheating and being disloyal? Make you feel worthless? Hurt you by hitting, choking or kicking you? Intimidate and threaten to hurt you or…

More On The Katie Character

  Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Here we are mid-week and the day after the 4th of July. Fortunately, the weather was beautiful, and we had a wonderful family celebration except for poor Reilly who went crazy with the fireworks. My Grandmother had passed down information to my mother, and she…