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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Indiana Bill Would Keep Pets With Domestic Violence Victims

Victims of domestic violence could take their pets with them after leaving the relationship under an Indiana lawmaker’s measure that seeks to remove an impediment to reporting abuse. Animal advocates and domestic violence organizations spoke in favor of the bill during the committee hearing Wednesday, the Evansville Courier and Press…

Domestic Violence Victims Turned Away

  Uploaded: Fri, Jan 20, 2017, 9:07 am County turns away 2,500 requests every year, advocates say by Sue Dremann / Palo Alto Weekly Erin O. stands outside the Los Gatos Library on January 16, 2017. She lost her home, children and finances after her partner froze access and lived…

A Mother’s Story…

  Houston area, and their mother was charged with snatching them, police announced Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Yates, who had been living in Houston under the name Liana Waldberg, was arrested on Monday, Jan. 16, without incident and faces arraignment Wednesday in Rhode Island on a fugitive charge. (Harris County…

“Why Do I Love My Abuser?”

  We hear from many people who are in abusive relationships, and even those who have left relationships, but say that they love their abusive partner. They wonder, “Why do I love someone who has hurt me so much?” It can feel strange, confusing and even wrong to love someone…

Please Read Audrey’s Story…

What A Vicious Burn Attack Taught This Woman About Inner Beauty   Photo: Courtesy of Audrey Mabrey. Beauty is most often cast as fun, frivolous, and vain. And though in the larger picture, things like mascara, blush, and lipstick indeed seem lighthearted — it is the business of appearances, after…

Domestic Violence in Affluent Marriages

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A Conversation with a Hotline Advocate: Josephine

“My hope is that one day our phones will stop ringing, and we will all live in a nonviolent world where everyone is treated with respect.” – Josephine S., Hotline advocate since 1996 Josephine has been answering the phones as an advocate at The Hotline for 20 years. This new…

“Closure” on NFL’S Domestic Violence Inquiry?

Jan 16 (The Sports Xchange) – Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott wants to see “closure” on the NFL’s domestic violence inquiry related to the assault accusations made by his ex-girlfriend over the summer. Elliott, the league’s leading rusher this season as a rookie, was accused of a second domestic…

Mariska Hargitay Speaks Out

Mariska Hargitay: ‘SVU’ helped change society’s views on rape By Tashara Jones January 12, 2017 | 10:00pm Modal Trigger Mariska Hargitay at TV Guide’s “Law & Order: SVU” party AP Mariska Hargitay says the best thing about having spent 18 years on “Law & Order” is that the show has helped…

Don’t Be the Next Tara

Prosecutors dismissed his domestic violence charges — then, police say, he killed his wife Tara O’Shea-Watson saw her husband indicted on burglary and domestic-violence charges against her. Then he walked free. For years, friends said, Tara O’Shea-Watson (right) had been a victim of domestic violence. Her estranged husband, Jeremiah Monell,…

Domestic Violence Gun Debate Resumes in General Assembly

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A debate over whether domestic abusers can have guns is returning to the General Assembly this year after legislation was defeated during the final hours of last year’s session. At least two bills aimed at keeping guns away from people who have committed misdemeanor domestic violence…

Why Unloved Daughters Fall for Narcissists

At some level, the relationship between a narcissist and the unloved daughter is a lot like an Animal Planet kind of thing—all about predators and prey. Just imagine the voice-over with a British accent: “Here we are on the veldt and the gazelle leaps gracefully, not knowing, not sensing that…

Antisocial Personality Disorder

The Antisocial Personality Disorder* is characterized by a pervasive pattern of disregard for the rights of other people that often manifests as hostility and/or aggression. Deceit and manipulation are also central features. In many cases hostile-aggressive and deceitful behaviors may first appear during childhood. These children may hurt or torment…

A Toxic Person Will Try This…

If abusers can’t get you to turn against your friends, family, and loved ones, they will do all they can to turn your friends, family, and loved ones against you. He/she will tell them lies about you; anything he/she can, to make them think less of you. Don’t let what…

Family, Friends and Co-Workers

As a friend, family member or co-worker of someone who is being abused, there are many things you can do to prepare yourself to offer supportive and empowering assistance Learn about domestic violence – Read our website’s Learn about Abuse section, talk to a domestic violence advocate, read books, or…

Why Men Don’t Leave…

If we listen to men who abuse their wives, what we hear is how terribly inadequate these women are for the men. At the same time, we know that abusive men are tremendously dependent on their partners. Fear of rejection, emotional withdrawal, and/or abandonment are major factors that actually cause…

Tamron Hall Launches Fund in Memory of Her Sister Renate

  Support this fund now Tamron Hall and her family, including her sister’s two sons Damion and Leroy, were devastated by domestic violence when her sister Renate was killed and they were left with guilt and questions about what they should have done. Tamron recognized the importance of raising awareness…

New Domestic Violence Team…

Two domestic violence fatalities lead to new team in Gloucester GLOUCESTER, Va. (WAVY) – A local community shaken by two deadly cases of domestic violence says more needs to be done to figure out where things go wrong. That’s why Gloucester County is forming a team tasked with stopping domestic…

It’s Okay to Argue

You’re in a healthy relationship now. So what does a healthy argument look like? In their relationships with abusers, most domestic violence survivors focused on managing someone else’s emotions and behavior. As a survivor, arguments may have left you feeling disparaged or worthless. But it’s okay to feel angry—your emotions…

Are YOU A Narcissist?

Quiz reveals how your feelings about your body and a desire to be a leader could indicate if your ego is out of control Narcissistic Personality Inventory test has been developed by researchers Features 40 questions, including feelings about appearance Quiz asks if you enjoy control, manipulation or power A…

Gretchen Carlson Talks “Fight Back”

‘It’s important for women to stand up and fight back’: Gretchen Carlson talks about the need to empower woman on Today in triumphant return to TV, six months after $20m Fox News sex suit Gretchen Carlson hosted the third hour of Today on Tuesday morning It was her first time…

Recognizing Stalking Awareness Month this January [2017]

January 2017 The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) recognizes January as National Stalking Awareness Month. Stalking is a misunderstood crime with startling statistics: in one year, 7.5 million people were stalked in the United States; one in six women and one in 19 men have experienced stalking at…

2017 and What It Truly Means to Me

Dear Priscilla Bennett Fans, I am writing a new year’s letter to you of sorts.  A new year traditionally means a new beginning to most, a fresh start. Well, it might for some of us but not for all of our brothers and sisters in pain and turmoil. I am…