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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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…

The Types of Abuse

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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.…

Algeria Needs to Do More to End Domestic Violence

Published in TSA Rothna Begum Researcher, Women’s Rights Division Rothna_Begum Expand A woman at Dar al-Insania, an NGO-run shelter in the eastern city of Annaba on March 3, 2010. Dar al-Insania provides women victims of domestic violence, among others, with shelter and services. © 2010 Zohra Bensemra/Reuters “I would beat…

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…

An Excerpt from My New Novel Something To Be Brave For

Beacon Hill Three years earlier—summer 1994   I met Claude Giraud at dinner at my parents’ house on a summer night just before my twenty-second birthday. I had just graduated from Colby College up in Maine and had moved back home. I hoped to find a job in a Boston…

Support and Education: The Role of the Domestic Violence Coordinator

June Keeling, RGN, RM, is domestic violence coordinator and assistant researcher, Arrowe Park Hospital, Upton, Merseyside Domestic abuse can be defined as any violence between current or former partners in an intimate relationship, wherever and whenever it occurs. The violence can include physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse. It is…

A BATTERED WOMAN’S BILL OF RIGHTS

She has: · The right not to be abused · The right to be angry over past beatings · The right to choose to change the situation · The right to freedom from the fear of abuse · The right to request and expect assistance from the police and social…

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…