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.

Let’s Talk About It 9/10/21: Domestic abuse by a police officer

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

-Weaponizing of children
-Police cover-up for one of their own
-Financial abuse

Guest: Amy Burns talks with Patrisha about how she thought he would protect her because he was a police officer but ended up terrorizing her and her son, and how reporting his abuse to the Maine State Police resulted once again in our state in no accountabilty, no justice.

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 community by community all across Maine.

Let’s Talk About It 8/13/21: Same Sex Domestic Abuse

Producer/Host: Patrisha McLean
Technical assistance: Tammy Oropesa

-Weaponizing children
-Dysfunctional Court system
-Abuse specific to same sex relationship

Guest: Tiffany Engelhardt

About the host:

Patrisha McLean is an award-winning photojournalist and the founder/president of Finding Our Voices, the Maine-based non-profit organization marshaling survivor voices and community creativity to break the silence of domestic abuse.

Let’s Talk About It 7/9/21: Extreme Isolation

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

-Terrorizing
-Isolation
-Incompetence of District Attorney

Guests: Illustrator Rebekah Lowell talking about how her husband virtually kidnapped her and her two daughters, keeping them confined and isolated for years.

About the host:

Patrisha McLean is an award-winning photojournalist and the founder/president of Finding Our Voices, the Maine-based non-profit organization marshaling survivor voices and community creativity to break the silence of domestic abuse.

Let’s Talk About It 6/11/21: Parental Abuse

Producer/Host: Patrisha McLean
Technical assistance: Tammy Oropesa

-Angry and Controlling fathers
-Mothers as enablers and victims
-Healing through love

Guests: Elizabeth Garber and Sue Garrett with readings by poets Linda Buckmaster, Ellen Sander, Marjorie Arnett, Kathleen Robinson and Karin Spitfire

About the host:

Patrisha McLean is an award-winning photojournalist and the founder/president of Finding Our Voices, the Maine-based non-profit organization marshaling survivor voices and community creativity to help girls and women avoid, recognize, safely leave and heal from dangerous relationships.

Let’s Talk About It 5/14/21: Domestic Abuse

Producer/Host: Patrisha McLean
Technical assistance: Tammy Oropesa

Police response to the criminal cruelty by husbands and boyfriends is the theme of today’s episode with guests Hannah, Mandy, Sarah and Lori. Music is by Roan Yellowhorn AKA Jackie McLean Strack, my daughter, of Blue Elan Records.

-Police reponse to DV
-Lax sentencing
-Mental illness

Guests: Hannah, Mandy, Lori and Sarah/Survivors

About the host:

Patrisha McLean is an award-winning photojournalist and the founder/president of Finding Our Voices, the Maine-based non-profit organization marshaling survivor voices and community creativity to help girls and women avoid, recognize, safely leave and heal from dangerous relationships.