Feminist Book Review: Hoffman's The Story Sisters

Alice Hoffman’s The Story Sisters (Crown, 2009), a family saga, is a haunting examination of how the rape of a child affects not only the child herself, but also every single person in her life. No one is exempt from the evil effects of molestation in this book, and Hoffman demonstrates a raw and irrevocable example of one family’s struggle to overcome the festering effects of this one vile and life-changing corruption of a minor....more

Her Name Was Dalia Sabae

On Thursday, we learned that a police officer responding to a domestic call in the suburban borough of Canonsburg had been fatally shot. Another officer was seriously injured in the exchange of gunfire. The gunman then murdered his pregnant wife and killed himself....more

Behind Closed Doors


THe Silver Lining & Healing

The Silver Lining & Healing through AdversityPosted on March 25, 2016 by ...more

If Your Partner Treats You Badly

Do you live with someone who hurts you? Maybe your spouse or partner hits you. Maybe this person likes to twist your arm, pinch you, or pull your hair. Maybe he or she threatens violence as a way of controlling your behavior, preventing you from speaking your opinions or asking for what you want, or preventing you from leaving. Has this person shown you a knife or a gun in order to control you? Has he or she threatened to cripple or kill you? ...more

I Haven't Been Afraid of Anyone in 32 Years

The other day I emailed the director of a small domestic violence shelter to ask if she wanted some of the feminine hygiene products collected through Time of the Month Club, an annual donation drive I coordinate to collect tampons and pads for women who are homeless. There was extra left over after distribution to five local emergency shelters and because I'd seen this domestic violence shelter in the newspaper that morning, it occurred to me that they could possibly use some tampons and pads....more
J-MOM  I've thought about it but not thought about it, you know? When the shelter director made ...more

Why I Used To Hate Battered Women

 For years, whenever I’d hear of a woman standing by an abusive man, I’d wonder what bodies she’d helped him bury. I’d wonder what crimes she’d helped him conceal. I’d see her as an accomplice to misery, and not just her own. Every battered woman was a criminal in my eyes.It took me years to see that not every battered woman will “allow” her abuser to terrorize her children....more

Valerie, Shayley, Samantha, Sharon, Monique, Zina and Jitka

Valerie, Shayley, Samantha, Sharon, Monique, Zina and Jitka. These are the names of six American women, and a little girl, shot and killed by domestic abusers who easily bought guns online by exploiting our country’s background check loophole – a failing in the law that allows criminals and other dangerous people to buy guns from unlicensed sellers, no questions asked. ...more
Any measures we an take to help save our mothers and children in this country should be explored ...more

Rest in Peace, E'dena Hines

Morgan Freeman’s granddaughter, E’dena Hines, was stabbed to death by a mentally ill man (who appears to have been either her boyfriend or ex-boyfriend) claiming he was performing an exorcism....more

The Grinch Mantra

When I notice how self obsessed I have become through my experience as a participant in the dance of domestic violence I am truly stunned. As a younger woman, innocent to many ills of society, including partner abuse, I was invested in creating peace, though in my natural exuberance I was a bit more like a tornado than a calming wind. Now as I bumble back to my authentic self it is not without sadness that I realize what I gave away, what was taken from me. I lost my belief in everything I thought about the world and myself....more