WHEN DATING HURTS PODCAST
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Domestic Violence Survivor and Forward-Thinking Entrepreneur
Sheri Kurdakul is a domestic abuse survivor. There is nothing typical about the abuse she suffered. Like many survivors of abuse, her story is challenging to listen to but there is much to be learned from her.
At first, you might feel sorry for Sheri but later you will come to admire and celebrate her courage and desire to rise above.
Bill Mitchell - Interviewed on the "I Need Blue" podcast
From time to time, I am fortunate to be asked to be interviewed on someone else's podcast. This is one of those occasions.
"I Need Blue", hosted by Jen Lee, shares real-life stories of people who have experienced traumatic situations. It's a podcast that supports survivors of violent crimes. It also gives thanks to law enforcement professionals who were there to save the day.
"No Grey Zone"
Podcast Interview with
Kathryn Marsh and Melissa Hoppmeyer are prosecutors who specialize in child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence crimes.
They are co-hosts of the thriving
"No Grey Zone" podcast, now in season two.
For October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month,
"No Grey Zone" interviewed
Bill Mitchell, author of the When Dating Hurts book and host of the
When Dating Hurts podcast.
DV Counselor for Middle Schools, High Schools and College Students
Katie is an educator with Laurel House, a domestic violence agency in Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania. She has been in prevention education for three years and worked with Laurel House for two years.
She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology with a minor in Gender Studies from Bloomsburg University in PA and is currently attending West Chester University (PA) to obtain her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health.
Katie’s core responsibility is talking with the community—mainly students ranging from middle school to college, about DV. Her passion: change behaviors and lessen the prevalence of DV in the future.
Domestic Violence Counselor
Nichelle is a licensed professional counselor. She joined Laurel House five years ago as a master’s level clinical counseling intern. Today, she is a senior counselor.
Nichelle has provided counseling services to the women and children in the shelter, and she covered their 24-hour hotline. Nichelle works out of three different Laurel House sites and oversees two of those locations in addition to providing individual counseling,
Nichelle also facilitates a weekly support group for survivors of domestic violence.
Nichelle's hope is: "One day all survivors of abuse will be able to find healing—and the tools to cope with the trauma they have endured."
Dynamic Domestic Violence Counselor
Denise's experiences, both personal and professional, led her to obtain her Master of Science Degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology.
In 2018, she began a clinical internship with Laurel House then continued as an individual, group and financial counselor.
She has offered group counseling for young adults (ages 18-24) who have been affected by intimate partner violence.
Denise is now running a new program called the “Economic Justice and Empowerment Program” that empowers survivors in financial safety and career matters.
Denise makes such an informative interview. So glad she spoke with us.
from a Male Domestic Violence Survivor
"Ryan" volunteered to speak with us. We're so glad he did. What he says is stunning. This episode will be remembered as one of the most-compelling interviews in our series.
I knew parts of Ryan's background, but I didn't know all he'd been through. You will hear his full story as you experience and learn from it. I gained such respect for Ryan's courage by hearing of his terrifying ordeal.
Your time invested in listening to this will be rewarded by seeing how someone who experienced concurrent nightmares was able to pull himself together and get to safety.
Be sure to share this with people you know who need to hear it. Each of us will learn from Ryan.
Executive Director of the Women's Center of Montgomery County (PA)
In 1998, Maria joined the Women’s Center of Montgomery County, PA as executive director. The Women’s Center is a domestic violence service.
The Women's Center is been a volunteer, community organization whose mission is: Freedom from Domestic Violence and other forms of abuse.
Serving approximately 5,000 unique individuals every year, the Women's Center offers critical services that positively impact those affected by abuse.
Maria and the Women’s Center of Montgomery County are proud (and so appreciative!) of the 185 volunteers who tirelessly donate their time and talent to the cause. Their programs, policies and procedures reflect a strong commitment to empowering women.
Hotline Counselor at the Women's Center of Montgomery County (PA)
Rosie has been with the Women’s Center of Montgomery County for ten years. The Women’s Center of Montgomery County is a domestic violence service.
After a long career as a research scientist in both academia and with Johnson & Johnson, she felt it was time to rediscover herself.
Rosie was drawn to the Women’s Center and became a domestic violence hotline counselor. She moved into facilitating support groups, court accompaniment, outreach and education, peer counseling, and serving as a Board of Directors member. She then became co-president of the board.
The most gratifying aspect of her experience is the growth and evolution of survivors who take that first step to contact the center.
June 3 Thoughts
A different kind of episode this time.
I felt like taking a walk and recording my thoughts around the time of the sixteenth anniversary of my daughter's death by dating violence.
This one's pretty short but felt it was good to share with you.
Professional Domestic Violence Counselor
Emily is a professional counselor working at Laurel House, a domestic violence agency in Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania.
Emily earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from West Chester University (PA) and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Villanova University (PA).
She began work at Laurel House in 2019. After volunteering for a few months, she accepted a position as an individual and support group counselor.
You can feel Emily's energy throughout this podcast. Her ideas and insights on how to help abused individuals makes this a compelling episode.
In September 2005, Ann lost her daughter, Lindsay Ann, when she was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. Lindsay Ann, who was 23 at the time, was similar to most victims of dating violence.
Like my daughter, Kristin, she didn’t know the warning signs associated with dangerous relationships like the one she was in. Lindsay Ann's life was lost because she had not been informed.
Since 2005, Lindsay Ann’s mother, Ann Burke, has dedicated her life to teaching all she has learned about dating violence.
In July 2007, Ann, now a retired Health teacher living in Rhode Island, worked with legislators to pass into law the Lindsay Ann Burke Act (2007). We talk about that and much more on this WHEN DATING HURTS Podcast.
DV Survivor and
Driving Force Behind "Karen’s Law"
Karen Widdoss is the courageous survivor of a savage assault suffered when she was a teen. In the summer of 1994, her ex-boyfriend attacked her and nearly took her life. How she managed to hold on is a complete miracle.
Karen has given her voice to survivors of violent crimes by speaking out about her experiences so that no woman would ever suffer as she has.
In this episode, we also talk about "Karen’s Law" which dramatically changes the way parole board hearings are handled. "Karen's Law" was passed on November 25, 2020 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Karen Widdoss has continually used her tragedy to dramatically help others in need.
Leader in the Dating Abuse Prevention Movement
In 2010, Jasmine joined Break the Cycle, a nationally recognized non-profit working to end relationship violence with youth ages 12-24.
Now, with over 15 years working to amplify the voices of survivors of violence, Jasmine is a program innovator and pioneer in advancing national dating violence prevention efforts.
In her current role as CEO (and Founder) of “Leaders Ending Violence”, Jasmine offers a robust set of skills to diverse audiences and at a senior consultant level. She’s a trained facilitator delivering workshops to both youth and adults related to increasing education, awareness, and support on matters related to dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and cyber-stalking.
Jasmine's mission is to development programs and opportunities that inspire change, break down barriers where they exist, and build authentic relationships along the way.
The website for Leaders Ending Violence is LeadersEndingViolence.com.
Veteran Intimate Partner Violence Expert
Dave Thomas is focused on projects pertaining to the National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women—which is funded by the United States Office on Violence Against Women.
During his law enforcement career with Maryland’s Montgomery County Police Department, Dave Thomas taught at the Police Training Academy, served on the S.W.A.T. team, was a Hostage Negotiator, and a member of the Domestic Violence Unit.
He helped to create the Domestic Violence Unit and was responsible for the department’s curriculum development in DV training, as well as the policy development on DV-related issues.
Dave challenges himself in his quest to achieve excellence in the DV field and considers addressing violence against women his calling in life.
Detective Jim McGowan
Insights Into Dating Violence and More
On June 3, 2005, Detective Jim McGowan was the first person who contacted me with knowledge about what happened to my daughter. Earlier that day, he interviewed Kristin's murderer—her ex-boyfriend.
Since 2005, I've gained invaluable insights from Jim on why abusers do what they do, and why abused women stay in dangerous relationships. Jim shares this and more on this episode.
It's a "must-listen-to" for parents, friends, and families of women who might be in unhealthy relationships. This could save someone's life.
Heroic Survivor of
29 Years of
Patrisha McLean was married to a world-renowned singer for 29 years. It started out as a fairytale relationship but devolved into a 24/7 nightmare.
Like many survivors, it took Patrisha a very long time before she recognized it as classic domestic violence. Getting out almost cost Patrisha her life.
This episode teaches volumes about what can happen to anyone who doesn't know the warning signs—and what to do when they are detected.
Mother of a Dating Violence Survivor
In 2015, I met Carla Clanagan at domestic-violence related events. Besides her limitless work in the domestic violence field, Carla is also the founder of "In His Eyes", an organization committed to helping women labeled as ex-offenders.
In 2017, Carla's daughter, Makenzie, was brutally attacked by an ex-boyfriend. She was very fortunate to survive. After much rehabilitation, Makenzie is now using her tragedy to speak out on intimate partner violence.
Carla has dedicated her life to helping young women stay safe from the epidemic we both know only too well as dating violence.
Law Enforcement Professional and Survivor of Domestic Violence
I met Lt. Heather Glogolich (Morris Township in NJ) during an all-day conference on domestic violence in October 2020. We knew we needed to come together and do something.
On October 16th, 2008, Heather's life changed forever when she became the victim of intense emotional and physical abuse by her husband who was also a police officer.
She used this as an opportunity to find her strength. Heather took her horrific experience and turned it into her calling. She advocates for victims of domestic violence by offering resources and speaking to people all over the country.
Listen to Heather's story—and all she has learned about the insidious epidemic domestic violence. If it can happen to Heather, it can happen to anyone.
When Dating Hurts
Our daughter, Kristin, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in June 2005. It was twenty days after her college graduation.
How can women protect themselves from dating violence? One way: listen to this podcast. Then share it.
This is not about MY family, it's about YOURS. It's for those with young women in their lives. They are at risk if they don't have ample awareness and education about dating violence.
Executive Director of
Laurel House Domestic Violence Agency
Laurel House is the largest DV agency in the Philadelphia area.
I've known Beth for 15 years and she has explained what I needed to know to be able to speak out on the dating violence epidemic.
I consider her both a mentor and a friend.
What she discusses in this episode can save someone's life. You should listen to this.
Heroic Domestic Violence Survivor
I met "Caitlyn" in 2009 before I gave a speech about my daughter's murder.
What Caitlyn told me was the most horrific story I had ever heard. It still takes my breath away.
Caitlyn's story shows how bad domestic violence can get, but it also demonstrates how strong a determined woman can be.
There is no person I respect more than this woman.
Father of Dating Violence Victim Kristin Mitchell
I was interviewed by Jerusha Mack for Halton Women's Place in Ontario, Canada. This was so comprehensive, I asked to share it with our "When Dating Hurts" podcast listeners. Ms. Mack is a licensed teacher and a public education team lead on Halton's Violence Prevention and Community Education team.
Halton Women’s Place provides shelter and crisis services for physically, emotionally, financially, sexually abused women, and their children. They're dedicated to ending violence against women and their children.