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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…

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…

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…

Across The Pond

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Monday, and I hope all of you had a good weekend. Harry and I have been packing to go across the Pond to take care of a family issue. Harry’s sister is very ill, and her family has asked us to come. We don’t like…

Normandy Beach

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Friday and the beginning of another weekend. There’s a crispness in the air that reminds me that Fall is around the corner. Almost time to clean out my closet and bring in my Fall/Winter stuff from the back room. Harry and I had dinner with…

The Mouse

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, This morning Harry and I weeded the garden in the rain. It wasn’t heavy— gentle temperate rain—the wet earth easily gave way. I did the easy stuff like crab grass, and Harry clipped the hedges and low-hanging branches. My mother always told me “to water after…

Labor Day

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I can’t believe it’s Labor Day. The summer went so fast. I always want it to last at least another two months—the daylight becoming twilight until 8:00 pm, the scent of the watered earth, geranium and tomato plants from the garden. Harry and I have breakfast…

Conquering Fear

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s the beginning of Labor Day Weekend and there is a hint of Fall in the air. I can’t believe the summer is almost over. Kids are getting ready to go back to school. We’re having a family cookout, and Harry and I are getting everything…

Morgan

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s mid-week and I’m babysitting my grandson who’s six months old. My daughter is dropping him off for several hours while she’s at work. She’s a social worker and has a hard time taking time off. Her husband who works nights as a bank guard, usually…

Sailing

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, On Saturday, Harry and I went sailing in the harbor with a friend of his who has a Daysailer. What a beautiful day to sail and there was a terrific breeze filling the sail and pushing us along. My father taught me how to sail a…

Team Work

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It looks like we have a beautiful summer weekend ahead, and I hope you’ll be able to rest and relax a bit. Harry and I just came from the vet, and Reilly is doing better. The injections are working, and we’re so grateful. I’m preparing for…