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He Beat Me Twice on Our Honeymoon

Her 2009 memoir about surviving domestic abuse, titled Crazy Love, is the subject of the very first TED talk by a domestic abuse survivor! Leslie Morgan Steiner has been a guest on The Today Show, National Public Radio, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC…the list goes on! Now she’s my guest on Surviving Abuse Podcast. She was 22, a Harvard College graduate, a writer for Seventeen Magazine and living a magical life in New York City when her abuser captured her heart. They seemed to be...


To Grow is to Create a Really Great Life

Most CPAs are black and gray areas, no mushy stuff, no metaphysical beliefs…certainly no thinking like me! Deborah Williams is not that kind of CPA. She speaks about accounting and money mindset the way I talk about domestic abuse; Because of family patterns, Deb was attracted to an abuser who was also an alcoholic. Since leaving that relationship, she has created a happy, healthy, safe and authentic life. Listen to Deb’s interesting story of growth and transition. She...


I Choose to Wallow in the Good with Stephani Roberts

Stephani Roberts is also a podcaster. Her show also deals with domestic abuse. We are kindred Spirits…she and I … and you. Her podcast is called The Audacious Life. After separation from her abuser, Stephani described herself as a “frazzled, anxious mess most of the time.” With no family nearby, she decided not to lean on anyone else to get through her separation and transition. She was not married to her abuser, the Father of their two children. In some ways that made leaving easier....


The Company She Keeps: Georgia Durante

She was the most photographed girl in the world (THE Kodak girl)…and became a mafia wife. Having grown up in Western NY, her story gets intense in New York City at a mafia-run club called Sundowners. She never knew exactly what went down at the after-hours club where she worked, but the intrigue drew her into the mafia's underworld. "I end up in San Diego, and I was married to a guy in the mob at this time. he was very abusive." Wanting to take her daughter away from their abusive...


He Even Bugged Her Car

4% of our population are sociopaths, according to recent research. Like most of us, Stacy Brookman unwittingly fell in love with and married a charismatic man who appeared to be loving and caring; All that she ever wanted! He turned out to be one of the 4%... her ideal husband was a sociopath. She became a lifetime member of the Domestic Abuse Survivors Club. He could not keep a job, and that didn’t bother him. He suggested they move across the Country, and she went along. He...


He Hauls Off and Throws a Glass of Water in my Face

We present ourselves as confident, determined and gritty business women. We keep hidden in the shadows the truth about the life we live at home. Fear, anxiety and guilt are our constant companions but are seldom expressed. Like many of us, that was my guests’ truth. Carole Sanek shares with us personal examples of every dramatic phase of the domestic abuse cycle. Her charismatic, funny, and charming abuser manipulated her through control, financial, emotional and physical abuse. You...


She “Gets It”!!

Ruth Glenn is the President and CEO of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). She has served with this organization since 2014 and is a domestic abuse survivor. She “gets it”! We talk about victims wondering “how could I have allowed this to happen to me?” and other realities of domestic violence. Our discussion also overviews programs offered by the NCADV, including their flagships, “Remember My Name” and “Hope & Power for your Personal Finances”. 2018 is the 40...


People Know and People See

My guest, Bonnie Frank, created and managed a flourishing business, from scratch and on her own, while living in the midst of a very damaging relationship. She created her business by live-stream, every day, in spite of grueling accusations, confrontations and undermining by her abuser. She live-streamed, with high energy and a smile on her face. No one knew what was really going on away from the camera. She did what she had to do to support herself, to maintain her own sanity … and...


But What Does OK Mean?

“And yet, our society seems to think we should brush ourselves off after a life-altering change, go back to work and be OK. But, what does OK mean?” That’s a quote from Heather V. Shore’s new book, Deeply Wounded Hope. Another that made me smile is God saying to her “Patience is accepting God’s timing. I answer your prayers in ways you never imagined.” In her book and during our conversation Heather shares with us her inspirational life story of surviving and thriving after leaving,...


You Are Not the Only One. You are Not Alone.

Today’s guest, Lindsey Ellison, wrote in HuffPost, “While our culture gets criticized for being too pro-divorce, I’d like to counter that criticism and say we are a culture of over-tolerance. We tolerate bad behavior and bad relationships for far too long. We are rewarded for “sticking it out” and are scolded by our society if we don’t. I am often amazed to hear what my clients and readers tolerate in a marriage, and how they feel guilty for even having thoughts of ending the...


To be a Great Parent…

Anna Seewald, Founder of Authentic Parenting, brings clear insight and provides helpful advice for those of us raising children after experiencing domestic abuse. We discuss the core of her teaching which is, “to be a great parent we need to work on ourselves. By raising our children, we are raising ourselves, too.” She says “I believe in helping children by helping their parents. I have helped hundreds of parents around the world in the emotional job of parenting.” Our discussion...


I Remember the Exact Moment…

Addressing tough issues with confidence, encouragement and love of life, this show is both entertaining and inspiring. My guest is a survivor of sexual abuse (including rape); partner abuse; and is the mother of twins who were abused by their biological father after a judge granted him visitation rights when the children were three years old. She loves to meet new people whether online or just around the corner. Can’t live without music, traveling and chocolate. She loves psychology,...


Freedom K9 Project

Do you know there’s service dog a program for women suffering from PTSD as a result of sexual trafficking and domestic violence? There is! Lydia Wood founded an organization called Freedom K9 Program, specifically to meet the needs of women survivors of domestic abuse and human trafficking. Lydia said “Integrating into normal life after trauma can seem impossible, but we work with the dogs and the survivors to create a team that leads to the healing of the survivor.” She “gets...


Not Many Options

As a home-schooled young woman in a small, relatively closed community, at 19 Sarah was attracted to and married a handsome, charismatic and charming young man who swept her off her feet. Almost immediately, though she was not physically attacked, his rage at the slighted provocation, criticism of her, dangerous, erratic driving, holes punched in walls and smashed dishes created fear and anxiety in her life. She found that she cowered from her husband, chose not to express her own concern...


Loneliness is a Sign

Don’t you love synchronicity? I do. When two totally separate events come together to make sense, I love it! In the past several days I’ve had people tell me they are lonely. I’ve been surprised; that’s not something I hear very often. And then, I read a statement on Facebook: Loneliness is a sign that you are in desperate need of yourself. (it’s a Rupi Kauer quote) I realized that when I was lonely it was because I didn’t know who I was. I was in desperate need of myself! This show...


No Bigger Illusion

Without regard to what the abuse was doing to you, were you taught not to embarrass your family by talking about your abuse? Was the message loud and clear that talking about the way your abuser treated you would bring dishonor, disgrace, to him and the family? That is the lesson Mickie allowed to direct her actions and responses for many years. Once she left, she believed that thought-process was resolved. Last year when, upon defending herself in a workplace harassment situation, she...


Am I a Fraud?

I was momentarily ecstatic when I read the news brief about me and Surviving Abuse network. Then the fear, the anxiety, the knot in the pit of my stomach erupted! WHAT IF…WHAT IF…WHAT IF… the ramifications this publication are negative or my abuser reads it? I am shocked that I still experience those long held thoughts and fears. I’ve been out of abuse for 15 years! Am I a fraud…not completely willing to walk my talk? ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Please listen to more podcasts, read blogs and...


Top 10 Lessons Learned from Domestic Abuse Survivors

Odds are good that you have heard these Top 10 Lessons but, as a survivor of abuse, they are all buried. Our old buddy, Fear, has over-ridden putting them into practice, even in your new life. No matter how long you’ve been out of abuse, you have the option now to create and embrace the wonder-full life you imagine…you know, the one that you allow to shine bright light into your heart and imagination, every once in a while. Mickie details the Top 10 Lessons she compiled through Google...


You’ve Been Out of Abuse for a While: What Now?

Even if you’ve been out of domestic abuse for decades, I bet you are still being held hostage, in your head, by your abuser. There are thoughts and experiences that bring back that empty feeling in your stomach, make your heart race and cause the familiar burning dread of fear and guilt in our hearts and minds. Until we accept that we were really abused and that it’s OK to embrace the options and support available to us, our abuser will continue owning real estate in our minds. If you’re...


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