THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN because our daughter, Kristin, had been murdered by her ex-boyfriend. Our family wanted to help others prevent a similar tragedy. Saving lives is our lifelong mission. WHEN DATING HURTS is the true story of our devastating loss of Kristin. You will follow a journey beginning with the call from detectives.
THIS FACT IS SHOCKING: 1 in 3 women experience serious intimate partner violence during their lifetimes. It's typically between the ages of 16 and 24. But dating violence could be harming someone's 12-year old daughter. Or someone's 30-year old niece, or one of your co-workers. And harming them right at this moment. Dating violence is prevalent in every community, zip code, city, county, state, and all parts of this country. Forget all of your preconceptions or stereotypes. It is everywhere. Equally.
I'VE SPOKEN BEFORE GROUPS ABOUT DATING VIOLENCE OVER 100 TIMES at high schools, colleges, private companies, community groups, and police academies. I've given TV, radio, and podcast interviews as recently as this spring. I discuss the life-altering emotional and physical injuries that are possible unless we are aware, and we act. This book explains the warning signs and "the template every abuser follows." It's good, lifesaving information. It works.
I OFFER PRACTICAL GUIDANCE gained from countless conversations with domestic violence counselors and law enforcement professionals. I have spoken with many victims and survivors. Most of what I have learned, of course, is from our lives after our loss of Kristin.
HAD WE SEEN A BOOK LIKE THIS, we believe Kristin would be alive today. What you will read can improve and possibly save someone's life. The more you know, the safer you—and those you love—will be. We cannot undo my family's past, but we can enlighten your family's future.
WHEN DATING HURTS is available in paperback and eBook at Amazon.
Bill is a board member with Clery Center for Security On Campus
He is also on the Board of Advisors with Cabrini University's Jordan Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence Education