195 Women in Danger Domestic Abuse at Home – #metoo – Brennan

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#MeToo At Home – Domestic Abuse, Violence & Denial

Johanne BrennanIs a powerful woman from Ontario Canada, Johanne Brennan is a survivor of nearly two decades of domestic abuse and violence abroad. As an advocate for women’s empowerment, she helps people worldwide break free from abusive relationships. As an author, speaker, and consultant, her message is indisputable and profound.

Johanne is currently preparing a North American tour of speaking engagements to raise awareness of domestic violence, helping women to stand their ground, find their worth and independence.

Hidden Home Incidence of Domestic Abuse – Beyond Celebrity

Johanne has endured and combated years of PTSD, anxiety, and two major depressive episodes. She has had years of intensive treatment in at Providence Continuing Care in Kingston, Ontario and extensive interpersonal therapy. She has overcome obstacles many could have never fathomed in a lifetime. Additionally, she has also endured seventeen surgeries, two of which were near death. With the help of her family, she successfully accomplished self-representation in court after being $30,000 in debt from legal fees in order to protect her children.

Stats: Women experience more serious forms of domestic abuse than men.

  • #metoo issues arise even more frequently at homes as thousands of women suffer from domestic abuse and homicide.
  • 4 in 10 women victimized by their spouse report being physically injured (42%), more than twice the proportion of male victims (18%) (2009).5
  • Women are three times more likely to report being beaten, choked, sexually assaulted, or threatened with a gun or knife by their partner or ex-partner (2009).6
  • Women are more likely to experience multiple victimizations, according to self-reported data (2009).7
  • Most victims of domestic homicide are female, while most perpetrators are male.
  • 95% of spousal homicide victims in Ontario are female (2011).8
  • There were 59 female spousal homicide victims in Canada in 2011, in comparison to 7 male victims.9
  • Of the homicide cases with domestic violence involvement which occurred in Ontario from 2002 to 2009, 80% of victims were women, 12% were children and 8% were men.10

Johanne’s Mission

Johanne is passionate about helping women empower each other, and building a deep support system. She strives to help others to develop their authenticity and find one’s true self again through love, perseverance, compassion – for themselves and each other.  Additionally,  she helps women develop a bulletproof mindset coupled with listening to their intuition – the one common denominator that you can trust after trust has been broken.

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Thanks, Johanne for joining us here at CBJ to review utilitarian solutions for surmounting the challenges so often seen in women with hidden #metoo tragedies in their marital lives. We well know that informed, actionable directions can turn lives around.

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  2. A Griffin on 07/21/2018 at 4:16 PM

    Im very happy for her that is free of what sounds like a very toxic relationship with a Narcissist and or a Narcissist Sociopath and suffered from Narcissistic Victims Syndrome. This would explain her returning. Victims of narcissistic abuse suffer trauma bonds which keep them engaged in the relationship. The cycles of abuse are, Idealize (or love bombing), Devaluation (the abuse cycle) and the Discards – but not in her case, she managed to escape.

    She mentioned having a hard time accepting what was happening was real or denial. This is referred to as cognitive dissonance for those in a pathological love relationship where you hold 2 different beliefs about your abuser. (i.e. he’s bad or maybe he’s good, but had a bad day because he’s been nice lately) Cognitive dissonance helps the victim survive the emotional and psychological abuse. These relationships also are full of manipulative behavior, infidelity, financial abuse , pathological lying, and in extreme cases physical and sexual abuse is also endured.

    When in these situations the brain chemicals, oxytocin, dopamine, peptides are actually changing and the victim forms a trauma bond and becomes addicted which keeps them trapped or going back even if they know it’s not healthy and may even feel enormous anger shame and helplessness. I thank her for sharing her story. It gives me hope that one day I will be free from the Complex PTSD, Major Depression and the traumatic bond that still keeps me feeling love for the one that destroyed me as I too am a survivor of a pathological love relationship with Malignant Narcissist. While searching for help I started researching ART due to EMDR not being helpful and that led me to this interview. I thank her for her bravery in sharing her story because it shows there’s still hope.

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