Posts Tagged ‘Susan Murphy-Milano’


Last Sunday, as Hurricane Sandy pummeled the East Coast, a hurricane of a different sort was swept up into her Father’s arms after a courageous battle with cancer.

Susan Murphy Milano, a tireless advocate for crime victims, was taken home. When someone who accepts God’s grace passes into that mysterious, timeless realm of joy, there is both rejoicing and sorrow. I grieve because of the pain she went through and because our world has lost a warrior. I feel sadness for her friends and family and all the people whose lives she touched. (more…)

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Pilgrim of The Cross, Thomas Cole, 1846-47


Who’s going to believe you? I’m a policeman, I’ll have you locked up, Roberta, and you’ll never see your children again. If you even think of leaving me, I’ll kill you and the kids, set the house on fire and get away with it.

Raw, palpable honesty like a Sawzall gnawing furiously down to the bone—that’s what Susan Murphy Milano’s biography Holding My Hand Through Hell is. As someone who has both lived and studied the garish specter of police officer-involved domestic violence, I found Susan’s life journey to contain many familiar elements. But the level of abuse and depravity this titan of victim advocacy has endured at the hands of her family, law enforcement, spouses, and colleagues is particularly horrific. (more…)

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Document the Abuse


Today I was reminded that the Document the Abuse website is up and running. Domestic violence experts Susan Murphy Milano and Sandra L. Brown have created an invaluable resource for victims. This website details how to create an Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit and a questionnaire to help people determine if they’re in a potentially lethal relationship.

Please forward the link to this website freely. Many domestic violence victims make the mistake of not documenting what has happened to them– and it’s an easy omission to make when you’re fighting for your life. I am a staunch advocate of documenting all types of abuse, from what happens in the workplace to the emotional, physical, financial, and sexual abuse that can happen at home. You may have read my previous article on the subject that has appeared on several blogs: https://wildninja.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/documentation/. (more…)

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