DiscoverCrime Junkie48: EXPERT ON: Domestic Violence
48: EXPERT ON: Domestic Violence

48: EXPERT ON: Domestic Violence

Update: 2018-10-0221
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In our last episode, we talked about Susan Powell who was a victim of domestic violence. Many of her friends talked about Josh's strange behavior and the recalled things that should have been warning signs.

Today we talk to an expert on the topic, Ashley Bendiksen. She will tell us her story of survival, what signs to watch out for and how to safely leave a toxic relationship.

Ashley Bendiksen is an acclaimed survivor speaker and award-winning activist, speaking and training nationally on the topics of domestic violence, teen dating violence, sexual assault, and bystander intervention. She also delivers motivational keynotes on resilience and leadership. Passionate about helping others reshape and redesign their lives as she once did, Ashley also offers coaching and consulting services for victims and survivors, and life empowerment coaching for women.
Ashley’s professional background includes 11+ years’ as a speaker, a career spanning victim services, advocacy, and PR. She holds a B.S. in Administration of Justice, graduating as Valedictorian of her class - years after dropping out because of domestic violence. She also remains active on numerous boards and initiatives and serves as an Ambassador for several national organizations.
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Comments (6)

Timothy Drummond

Look into what a narcissist is. Love bombing and then manipulating.

Jun 22nd
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Sapphire Perez

Been down this road as well. These things are SO important and much needed. Hopeful helpful to listeners: 1. Support the victim by listening. eliminate saying "If I were you I would..." you dont know the victims 24/7 and it can be damaging. TRUST their intuition. if They admit they are scared they've probably endured a lot by the time they say this out loud. keep that in mind. 2. Educate yourself about DV laws for your State, signs about DV, terms and HOW to be an advocate. You'll be ready when the victim comes to you. 3. ASK the victim what she would like YOU to do. They know their abuser the best and WHAT triggers the abuser! if you do something and you dont know the triggers, you could potentially put the victim in harms way and potentially risk their life. 4. DOCUMENT! If you can write down, take pictures etc for the victim so they have evidence for court/police this will help them tremendously for their future and to (if they are ready) reassure them that it really is bad. My friend did this for me and it was a life saver. 5. SAFETY PLAN-help prepare a SAFETY PLAN for them. Where will the victim go? The children? etc. pack something the abuser wouldnt know for an emergency escape. there are helpful SAFETY plans online. KEEP any papers or documents or signs of leaving AWAY from the victims home. This will escalate the abuser and the abusers ally!!!

May 30th
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Alissa Maxwell

Great information. Very relatable scenarios. I consider myself super lucky to have gotten out when it was just the early warning signs.

Apr 23rd
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Traci Wilhelm

I am a survivor and I can tell you everything she is saying is true. This is such an important issue.

Oct 4th
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Traci Wilhelm

I have seen this on investigation ID and so much more information is given here... I am totally stunned about how stupid the 911 operator was... just hope he was relieved of his position

Oct 4th
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Mary Canafax

I've been down this road, in a far with far worse circumstances. I am so thankful for the friends and family that stayed by my side and kept encouraging me to get out not just for me but for my unborn son. It took me almost two years before I finally got the courage to leave and super thankful for my friend who knew what was going on and when I quit answering my phone he showed up in my apartment so I could call the police. He spent less than 24 hours in jail but karma got even 3 years later when he got thrown in prison for rape. I've seen the signs in a few of my friends relationships and thankfully they saw the signs shortly after being with them and left. Thank you so much for this episode and there needs to be knowledge available for (possible) victims in this situation. ❤️

Oct 2nd
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48: EXPERT ON: Domestic Violence

48: EXPERT ON: Domestic Violence

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