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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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…

Friday Sad News – A Blog Posting from My Heart

Dear Priscilla Bennett Community,   I hope that you are all well as we come towards the end of April.  Today, I share sad news.  My husband, Harry, and I went to the funeral of a good friend’s daughter who overdosed at the age of thirty-four from opioid addiction.  She…

Drug Addiction-Domestic Violence Connection Strong

Kristi L Nelson , USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee 10:14 p.m. ET April 26, 2017 Jerry Vagnier, president and CEO of the Helen Ross McNabb Center, talks about opiates and its relationship to domestic violence. Buy Photo (Photo: SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL) In his long career in law enforcement, Knoxville Police…

Support Denim Day – April 26, 2017

Denim Day is a campaign to prevent sexual violence through education and public awareness.  April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Denim Day is a call to action for all people to come together by wearing denim as a visible sign of protest against sexual violence. By participating in Denim Day…

Meet My Husband Harry – A Blog

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I’m Harry Bennett, Priscilla’s husband, and I wanted to say hello and let you know that I’m in complete support of my wife’s fight to end domestic violence.  We were discussing it over dinner—Priscilla made my favorite meatballs and angel hair marinara—and she said, “Harry, if…

Blog Posting – Monday Must-Have

Good afternoon, my dear Priscilla Bennett Community, I hope your weekend has been peaceful and filled with the smells and sights of spring. I was sitting outside in my little garden looking at the red tulips and yellow and white daffodils I had recently planted—I love digging up the earth…

Today is World Book Day!

Dear Priscilla Bennett Community: Please support the domestic violence community by purchasing a very affordable copy of my eBook Something To Be Brave For by Endeavour Press. I am donating proceeds to the National Network to End Domestic Violence(NNEDV.org). Click on Amazon link above and it will bring you right…

50 Facts About Domestic Violence

  Number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq: 6,614: Number of women, in the same period, killed as the result of domestic violence in the US: 11,766 Number of people per minute who experience intimate partner violence in the U.S.: 24 Number of workplace violence incidents in the…

Spring Flowers Are Blossoming – My Newest Blog

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I hope your holidays were peaceful and filled your spirits with renewal.  Spring flowers are blossoming, and I love looking at, touching and smelling them in spite of my allergies—yellow daffodils, pink hyacinths and purple pansies. It reminds me of the cycle of life and how…

Melania Trump Visits with Victims of Domestic Violence

Apr 15th 2017 4:28PM Seven girls in Florida reportedly got a big surprise just in time for Easter weekend. First lady Melania Trump made a surprise visit on Friday bringing Easter baskets and goodies to multiple girls who were victims of domestic violence, according to the Palm Beach Post. The…

Easter Sunday Thoughts — A Blog Posting

Dear Priscilla Bennett Community, I would like to thank each and every one of you for supporting the launch of my new novel Something To Be Brave For by Endeavour Press.  This process has been a rebirth for me, like Easter season. I have been dreaming about writing for years.…

Easter Sunrise Services Benefit Domestic Violence Victims

King’s Harbor Church hosts the 59th Annual Easter Sunrise Service in Veteran’s Park on Sunday. Photo courtesy of King’s Harbor Church by Dan Bradford, pastor King’s Harbor Church Sunday marks the 59th Annual Easter Sunrise Service in Veteran’s Park in Redondo Beach. For the past 19 years King’s Harbor Church…