Perfectly Good Enough

Posted on May 2, 2011 in Children, Domestic Violence, Parenting

When my kids were in Nursery School and in those tender transitional moments when we had such difficulty separating for even ten minutes, the teacher in her infinite wisdom instructed the panicked group of parents that we had become to “be excited about separating so you can be excited to come back together”. She went on to suggest that we don’t make the all too easy declaration that “mommy doesn’t want to go to work”, because while that might...

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Charlie Sheen: The Next Phil Spector?

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 in Celebrities in the News, Domestic Violence

Charlie Sheen and his entourage are playing a deadly game with women’s lives. While reading about his latest drunken, violent episode, I couldn’t help but think of Phil Spector, who was convicted of murdering Lana Clarkson in a drunken haze. During the court proceedings in Spector’s case, numerous women reported having been threatened and treated violently by Phil Spector. Spector’s entourage had done him no service by...

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Randy and Evi Quaid: Folie a Deux?

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 in Celebrities in the News, Domestic Violence, Marriage

Actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, are seeking asylum in Canada from what they are calling the “Hollywood Star Whackers.” The Quaids have been finding themselves in a lot of trouble lately here in the United States. They have missed multiple court hearings related to felony vandalism charges in Santa Barbara. Their issues first came to light earlier this year, when the Quaids were charged with defrauding an innkeeper. Evi Quaid...

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Mel Gibson: A Racist, Misogynist and Anti-Semite!

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 in Celebrities in the News, Domestic Violence, Marriage, Television

After years of working with victims of domestic violence, it’s clear to me when I listen to the tapes of Mel Gibson apparently berating ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva (the mother of his child) that we are dealing with a classic domestic-violence situation. The abuser (Mel) has lost power and control over his victim (Oksana), and he continues to verbally abuse and threaten her to regain control. In the latest tapes, he is treating Oksana...

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Did Murderer Mom Suffer from Postpartum Psychosis?

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 in Children, Death, Domestic Violence, Parenting, Tragedies

Stephanie Rochester, who was charged with the June 1 suffocation death of her 6-month-old son, Rylan (whom she feared was autistic), may have been suffering from postpartum psychosis. This is a horrible tragedy, whether or not she was psychotic at the time of her son’s death. I am sure Stephanie Rochester is going through an extensive battery of tests to find out if in fact she is experiencing postpartum depression or postpartum...

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Amy Bishop: Resentment and Rage

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 in Death, Domestic Violence, Family, Television, Tragedies

One look into Amy Bishop‘s past will show a long history of violent behavior. Amy Bishop, mother of four (the youngest in third grade), is accused of gunning down three of her fellow professors at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The portrait that is now emerging of Bishop is one filled with resentment and rage. This rage may have been brewing for a long time: Bishop shot and killed her brother in 1986 with a shotgun. She was...

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