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Getting Ready to Leave – A Guideline

Make a plan for how you are going to leave, including where you’re going to go, and how to cover your tracks. Make one plan for if you have time to prepare to leave the home. Make another plan for if you have to leave the home in a hurry.…

Doing The Carrots And More

  It’s Monday, the start of a new week, and I hope all of you Priscilla Bennett Friends had a peaceful weekend. I used to love the heat, but now that I’m older, I find it doesn’t agree with me. I was happy to stay inside with Harry. He had…

The Next Step

Thank goodness it’s Friday for all of you hard-working Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s the end of the week, and I hope you are well and can catch up on some rest. I keep thinking about how I wrote my novel and wanted to continue with my thoughts. My next step…

The Beginnings Of My Novel

  Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s mid-week, and I hope all of you are well. I’ve been fighting a cold, and it’s kept me quieter than usual with time to reflect on the process of writing my novel. I knew I wanted to write about domestic violence and bring a…

How I Began Writing

  Dear Priscilla Bennett Community, I hope you had a peaceful weekend. I did some long overdue spring cleaning and took some clothing that I knew I’d never get into again over to the women’s shelter. They always need contributions. The cleaning process is good for me—getting rid of unnecessary…

My Father’s Birthday

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Friday June 2, and my father’s birthday is today. He’s no longer with us, but I always think about what he gave me as a parent—unconditional love, stability and support. Gifts so many daughters don’t get from a parent that should be their birthright. I…

First Barbecue Of The Season

Hello again, it’s Harry here! Checking in after Memorial Weekend to let you know that I’m thinking of you. I am a Vietnam Vet and am so proud to have served this country. Our family had a terrific time together grilling chicken and fish and barbequing pork ribs with home…

Gratitude On Memorial Weekend

Dear Priscilla Bennett Community, This past Memorial Weekend marked the sacrifice our men and women have made for our country to fight and destroy the enemy that has wanted to destroy us. Now that enemy is called terrorism, and it is real. The Boston bombing was horrific and effected so…

Practice Makes It Easier–Not Perfect

  My dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s been rainy and chilly but soon to change…Everything changes, and we must keep that in mind. It’s not easy to accept. I always wanted everything to stay the same, as long as I felt safe and happy. Since I’ve published my book, I’ve…

Starting A Conversation

Good afternoon, my dear Priscilla Bennett Community, I hope you’re all well and in good spirits. Sunday night, while the boys played cards, their wives and I met in the den to continue our discussion about domestic violence. They had read the book and wanted to do something to help.…

Lasagna And Green Salad

Hello Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Priscilla’s husband Harry wanting to say, “Greetings” to everyone, and I hope you’re all well. Last night, the boys and I played cards in the living room, and the wives had their own meeting in the den. Pris made my favorite lasagna with Bolognese sauce…

PLANTING GERANIUMS

Dear Priscilla Bennett Community, This past week felt like the middle of summer, and I haven’t even done my Spring cleaning. This morning I decided it was a good day to plant my red geraniums. I like working with my hands—the touch of the damp earth, dirt under my fingernails, the…

IT’S HARRY-A NEW BLOG

Hello Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Harry, again, wanting to say, “hello” to everyone. A couple of days have passed since Mother’s Day, but I’m still thinking about the meaning of the day and how fortunate we are. I was very close to my mother, and all the good I’ve learned…

My Mother’s Day – A Blog Posting

Dear Priscilla Bennett Community,   I hope all of you had a lovely Mother’s Day.  I started my day by going to my mother’s grave not far from our home.  There was a chill in the air, and light rain fell as I placed white roses on her stone and…

Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 14th

Mother’s Day Moms are special and important people. At SafeHouse Center we think Mother’s Day is a great time to let all women know they are important! Whether it be your mother, aunt, sister, daughter, grandmother, or wife – all women should be celebrated. We also include women who have…

Friday Follow – My Newest Blog

Good morning Priscilla Bennett Friends, I’m Harry, Priscilla Bennett’s husband, and I wanted to give you an update on our last card playing get-together.  It wasn’t our usual Gin Rummy night.  As promised, we had invited the wives to expand the conversation about domestic violence.  Pris started it off by…

Glenn Close Is A Mental Health Crusader

By Tashara Jones May 9, 2017 | 10:26pm Modal Trigger Glenn Close speaks onstage during the 4th Annual Town & Country Philanthropy Summit. Getty Images Glenn Close presented her first public service announcement on mental health, which was shot at Grand Central Terminal by Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, at Town…

Harry Makes Pancakes – My Newest Blog

Dear Priscilla Bennett Community,   Harry just finished making pancakes and bacon for me, and I was talking to him about May being Mental Health Awareness Month, and how alone the domestic violence victims feel—first they’re stigmatized for being abused—very often people say, “It’s your fault. You must be doing…

Extraordinary Stories: Rebecca

  The Live Your Dream Awards empowered Rebecca to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in social work. She now uses her degree to assist homeless families and survivors of domestic violence. . Support Rebecca by Taking Our Pledge   PLEDGE TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN Rebecca Shuflin of Humboldt County,…

The Smells of Cooking Remind Me – A Saturday Blog Posting

Dear Priscilla Bennett Community, I’m cooking my mother’s turkey chili recipe which is one of our favorites.  Harry says, “There’s nothing like it,” and between the two of us, we finish a serving of four.  The smells of it cooking remind me of my mother, how good she was to…

Rape and Domestic Violence Could Be Pre-existing Conditions

  By Jen Christensen, CNN Updated 12:03 PM ET, Thu May 4, 2017       Story highlights Domestic violence and rape were considered pre-existing conditions by some insurance companies Waivers in GOP health care bill could allow charging people with pre-existing conditions more (CNN)Jody Neal-Post has been reading about…

Congress Invests in Lifesaving Programs for Victims

May 3, 2017 The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) praises the vital bipartisan commitment of Congress to supporting and serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The appropriations package to complete the remainder of fiscal year 2017 (FY 17) commits investments to critical programs serving victims of…

Tuesday Takeaway – A New Blog

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Once again, it’s Priscilla Bennett’s husband, Harry, saying hello and letting you know that I’m in complete support of my wife’s fight to end domestic violence.  She encourages me to speak out, so here I am, not knowing what to say, except that I’m so proud…

May Begins Mental Health Awareness Month

How You Can Stop Mental Illness Stigma By Laura Greenstein | May. 01, 2017   Some people believe that focusing on fighting stigma is a worthless cause. They wonder why NAMI pushes our StigmaFree campaign so much. Why does being StigmaFree matter? What difference does it really make? Because of…

End of Month Thoughts – A Blog

Dear Priscilla Bennett Community, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and today is the last day.  Bringing awareness out into the open is so important in relation to destigmatizing abuse.  Back in the ‘90s when I was working as an emergency room nurse, there was but little recognition of sexual…