50 Shades Of Bruises; I am Free: A Live Monologue About Domestic Violence by Patti Ann Taylor

If you live in the Chicagoland area, you do not want to miss this powerful live monologue written by Patti Ann Taylor. Patti Taylor is the founder of nonproft entitled "The Taylor House". 50 Shades of Bruises; I am free is dedicated to Patti Taylor's aunt Pamela Ann Taylor who died of suicide after being abused for 16 years. 
The monologue will be held on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 from 6pm-10pm at Instituto Cervantes . 
Tickets can be purchased on eventbrite, by clicking here 50 Shades Of Bruises Tickets. Space is limited and tickets are selling fast so let's make sure we pack the house! 

Shattering The Silence On Domestic Violence( A discussion about domestic violence) on "Ask Pastor Deb"

Hey Everyone!

 On April 29th 2018, I was blessed to be a guest host on Pastor Debra Wadlington's radio show "Ask Pastor Deb".  Pastor Deb is a domestic violence survivor as well as a recovery coach. Coversations on the topic of domestic violence are very important because there are a lot of misconceptions on the topic. Together Pastor Deb and I touched  on some of the myths. Below is the recording, feel free to share your thoughts.

Thank you all in advance for listening!

Nicole Lofton 
Certifid Biblical Life Coach and Founder of Faithful Deeds Foundation

Men hurt too!


He loved me too Death

I can remember when the man with the cloth said to death do us part Wow, I said in the back of my mind; He must really love me. My mind glazed, until I realized the man I once knew took those very words to heart leaving my heart to feel the pain as I gave him my love.Loving me to death, I continue to review those words over and over again.Sounds of siren roaring through the neighborhood, children crying, neighbors whispering, he really loved his wife. Realizing all those who loved me gathered around and finally gave me flowers. He loved me to death

Vernell Logan Copyright © 2004

She survived domestic violence


I am a survivor ( Poem)

There were so many nights I did not think I would make it to see another day but; through my pain and sorrows I made it  to see the sun once again. Life at times seemed unbearable and I did not think I deserve to be here. Once I grasped for air and took a long swallow I felt a gush of wind awaken my soul. My mind rehearsed maybe there's room for me. I began to think I was worthy once again that was up until the slap of fire burned my face. I doubted the seeds of I can make it and I fell into life of despair. Slowly feeling like life will pass me by; only if I can dream once again. Abuse stole my identity leaving me to feel like a failure as my head hung low in shame. The song that penetrated my heart "I am a survivor as I roared my way back to health". I can, I will make it became my found new friends and the road to recovery was my way back to destiny. I am healed, I am free but most of all I am a survivor" 

Vernell T. Mackie (c) 2018
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The Truth About Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence(Guest Post)

The Truth About Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence By Michelle Peterson of Recovery Pride (
It’s no secret that substance abuse and domestic violence are correlated. Alcoholics and those who use drugs are more likely to commit spousal abuse than those who don’t. An alarming 61 percent of domestic violence offenders abuse substances and they often blame their explosive behavior on being under the influence. Substance abuse does not cause domestic violence, but because of the strong link between the two, they must be treated simultaneously. Here’s a deeper look on domestic violence, substance abuse, and how to combat both.

Domestic violence and power As defined by the Department of Justice, domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. It is a common misconception that those who abuse their partners are always heavily intoxicated at the time of …