Intimate Partner Violence Specialist’s pursuit of hope for survivors of violence and her personal quest for faith in the midst of her own tumultuous life. More than a story, the book is a re-enactment of how God reaches through the fire of chaos and brings peace and hope.
October 3, 2012………Susan Murphy Milano, veteran intimate partner violence specialist, launches her latest book, HOLDING MY HAND THROUGH HELL. Well known for her hands-on work with victims of violence and through her previous books, HOLDING MY HAND THROUGH HELL is based on the true story of Murphy Milano’s life, written with the flow of a novel, in a style that will incite heightened awareness about hope, survival, abuse, murder, and the ripple effect of family violence on society.
HOLDING MY HAND THROUGH HELL captivates the reader’s attention about socially unacceptable issues going on behind closed doors, and, in the case of Murphy Milano’s family, behind the blue wall of the Chicago Police Department. A gripping and compelling story of tragedy, she continuously questions her faith in God, yet enters battles she is unknowingly well prepared for by living in a perpetual crime scene.
Murphy Milano’s narrative grasps readers, sending them into a jarring ride through relationships, marriages and her inexhaustible struggle to save the lives of women caught in the net of violence. A position she didn’t intend to hold, her advocacy for these women is the ingredient stirred into the core of the account. Though taken to the brink of torment in her personal life, the victims, almost like angels, reached out to her, pulling her back and renewed her sense of worth to the world.
Peering through the looking glass, Murphy Milano saw a distorted view of who she was, what she lived through, and what hope could be for her future. What God saw was the reflection of His child, struggling to catch His hand as He reached to hold her. He brought her through the nightmares, smoothed out her feathers, and showed her how to fly right each day.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SUSAN MURPHY MILANO is a specialist in intimate partner violence and works nationally with domestic violence programs, law enforcement and prosecutors providing technical and consulting services in “high risk” domestic violence and stalking related cases. Her principal objective is to intervene before a victim is seriously injured or killed. Utilizing a procedure which she devised, the Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit© Murphy Milano’s clients are all still alive, a statistic that is remarkable at a time when there has been a distinct increase in intimate partner homicides.
SUSAN MURPHY MILANO is the author of DEFENDING OUR LIVES (Doubleday 1996), MOVING OUT, MOVING ON (Kind Living Press 2008), and TIME’S UP (Dog Ear Publishing 2010) which guide those in abusive relationships to a place of freedom and safety.
For more information about Susan Murphy Milano and HOLDING MY HAND THROUGH HELL, refer to her website: http://www.susanmurphy-milano.com or contact ImaginePublicity at 843-808-0859 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paperback: 286 pages
Publisher: Ice Cube Press (October 4, 2012)