Let’s Talk About It 5/13/22: Author Donna Kaz on “Another Side of William Hurt”

Producer/Host: Patrisha McLean
Production assistance: Tammy Oropesa
Music by Roan Yellowthorn AKA the host’s daughter Jackie McLean Strack

Let’s Talk About It: Conversations with Survivors of Domestic Abuse

What is it like when your abuser is an artist admired around the world for his sensitivity? Tune in to my conversation with Donna Kaz, a feminist activist who as a young woman knew another side of the late actor William Hurt.
-Emotional abuse
-The power of fame
-Being robbed of yourself

Guest:
Donna Kaz, author of the memoir Unmasked: Memoir of a Guerrila Girl on Tour
William Hurt’s Former Partner Donna Kaz on Surviving Abuse and Speaking Her Truth (Guest Column, Variety 3/18/22)

About the host:
Patrisha McLean is the founder/president of Finding Our Voices, the grassrroots survivor-powered non-profit organization breaking the silence of domestic abuse community by community all across Maine.

Let’s Talk About It 4/8/22: They Don’t Change

Producer/Host: Patrisha McLean
Technical assistance: Tammy Oropesa
Music: Jackie Lee McLean/Roan Yellowthorn

-Multi-generational abuse
-How they don’t change
-Family enablers

Guest: Christie/survivor from southern Maine talks about how her mother-in-law enabled her husband’s violence and control, based on what she endured by her own husband and Christie’s father-in-law.

About the host:
Patrisha McLean is the founder/president of Finding Our Voices, the grassrroots survivor-powered non-profit organization breaking the silence of domestic abuse community by community all across Maine.

Let’s Talk About It 3/11/22: Getting Trapped at 20

Producer/Host: Patrisha McLean
Technical assistance: Tammy Oropesa
Music: Jackie Lee McLean/Roan Yellowthorn

-Coercive Control
-Sexual Abuse
-Physical Abuse
-Rebuilding One’s Life

Guest: Boston Law student Emily Dillan talks about getting trapped at age 20 to an abusive intimate partner who was 17.

About the host:

Patrisha McLean is an award-winning photojournalist and the founder/president of Finding Our Voices, the Maine-based, survivor-powered non-profit organization breaking the silence of domestic abuse.

Let’s Talk About It 2/11/22: Serial Domestic Abusers

Producer/Host: Patrisha McLean
Technical assistance: Tammy Oropesa
Music: Roan Yellowthorn of Blue Elan Records

Two victims of the same domestic abuser come together to protect each other and his future victims.

-Financial Abuse
-Dysfunctional Court system
-Talk to the Ex’s!

Guests: Kali Dori and Amanda McKenney

About the host:

Patrisha McLean is an award-winning photojournalist and the founder/president of Finding Our Voices, the survivor-powered and grassroots nonprofit organization breaking the silence of domestic abuse.

Let’s Talk About It 1/14/22: Domestic Abuse and Religion

Producer/Host: Patrisha McLean
Technical assistance: Tammy Oropesa
Music: Roan Yellowthorn from Blue Elan Records

A woman survivor of domestic abuse in the orthodox Jewish community and another woman in the Christian community talk about how religion played a factor in keeping them trapped in domestic violence.

Guests:Jennifer Greenmith and Anonymous

#Religion
#Mental Illness
#Family court malfunction

About the host:

Patrisha McLean is an award-winning photojournalist and the founder/president of Finding Our Voices, the survivor-powered and grassroots nonprofit organization breaking the silence of domestic abuse.

Let’s Talk About It 12/10/21: The Effect of Domestic Violence on the Children

Producer/Host: Patrisha McLean
Technical assistance: Tammy Oropesa
Music: Roan Yellowthorn from Blue Elan Records

Shelly, author of the forthcoming memoir Beautiful Ashes, talks about life as a child with a violent father and her healing journey after he killed her mother and burned their house down. Beautiful Ashes can be pre-ordered here

Topics: How children suffer in homes where there is domestic violence, no justice in the courts, healing from trauma.

The host, Patrisha McLean is the founder/president of Finding Our Voices, the Maine-based and survivor-powered, grassroots non-profit breaking the silence of domestic abuse.

Let’s Talk About It 11/12/21: “Growing Up In Domestic abuse– Man’s Perspective”

Producer/Host: Patrisha McLean
Technical assistance: Tammy Oropesa
Music: Roan Yellowthorn from Blue Elan Records, and Clara Shneid, Kathryn Brunhaver, Suzie Assam from DocSong

Drinking as a factor in domestic abuse, mother/son relationship, breaking the cycle. Guest Andy talks about growing up with a violent, angry father and also about getting out himself as an adult but his mother still being trapped.

-Growing up with an angry and controlling father
-Breaking the cycle
-Wanting to get your mother to safety

About the host:

Patrisha McLean is the founder/president of Finding Our Voices, the survivor-powered, grassroots non-profit breaking the silence of domestic abuse all around the state.

Let’s Talk About It 10/8/21: Mother/Daughter Talk About Abuse by Husband/Father

Producer/Host: Patrisha McLean
Technical assistance: Tammy Oropesa
Music: Roan Yellowthorn of Blue Elan Records

In this rerun from 2020, mother and daughter Rhonda and Ashley talk about how they were controlled and torrmented by the same man in similar and different ways and how they have healed their own relationship

-Coercive Control
-Child Abuse
-Financial abuse

About the host:

Patrisha McLean is an award-winning photojournalist and the founder/president of Finding Our Voices, the Maine-based, survivor-powered non-profit organization breaking the silence of domestic abuse.