Like many young women, I found myself in an unhealthy relationship in my early twenties. My experience with the relationship, police and Criminal Justice System motivated me to become a catalyst for change.
I decided to write a book because there seemed to be no books that spoke to women like me at the time. However, I didn’t just want to tell my own story. I wanted to know about other women’s experiences.
I began interviewing and chronicling the stories of friends, family and strangers. Dirty Laundry: Women of Color Speak up about Dating & Domestic Violence, was the book that emerged from those conversations.
As a resource guide, Dirty Laundry provides readers with both historical and current data on domestic violence. The book explores strategies for safety planning with women both in and out of abusive relationships. Friends, family, employers and educators looking for signs of domestic will also find Dirty Laundry useful.
As a self help and motivational book, Dirty Laundry uses real stories to show readers that they are not alone, while proving that it is possible to get past the pain and shame of an abusive relationship.
As a teaching tool, Dirty Laundry illustrates the unique barriers to safety facing victims of domestic violence in communities of color. This book also details the unique tools used by abusive partners.