According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a victims-rights organization based in Denver, Colo., more than 10 million men and women are victims of domestic abuse every year. And every day, domestic hotlines across the country receive more than 20,000 phone calls from men and women who wish to escape from their toxic relationships. They know that by staying they are risking their lives as well as boosting their likelihood of depression and suicide.
Moreover, the repercussions of domestic violence are even greater affecting children, future generations, friends and relatives who may want to help but not know how.
Dr. Clarence Davis knows this all too well. His 23-year-old sister’s toxic relationship led her to commit suicide nearly 50 years ago. The suicide spurred Dr. Davis to study why people kill themselves and how that awful outcome can be prevented. It also led him to write his new book, I Deserve to Live: How to Escape a Violent Relationship, and to acknowledge the mistakes his family made while trying to help his sister.
I Deserve to Live shows how codependency is passed from parent to children and continues on to the next generation until it is broken. The book includes examples of dysfunctional families who developed poor relationship skills and were not able to break free from destructive patterns. And it shows how working with a trained professional can help people come out of the denial stage, learn who they truly are, break free from toxic relationships and go on to live a happy life.
Dr. Davis can talk about:
- How to spot the warning signs of domestic abuse
- Why people stay in domestic violence prone relationships
- The harm caused by absent or impotent fathers
- What you can do if you believe someone you know is contemplating suicide
- How to break the cycle if you grew up in a codependent home.
- Exit strategies for leaving a domestic violence situation
Watch Dr. Davis’ TEDx talk on 3 Dos and Don’ts for preventing suicide.
About the Author
Dr. Clarence E. Davis is a counselor, workshop presenter and a keynote speaker. He graduated summa cum laude from Cornerstone University, Lake Charles, Louisiana, with a Ph.D. in Christian counseling; he is licensed and board-certified by the National Christian Counselors Association and a licensed clinical pastoral counselor (L.C.P.C.) Dr. Davis has over 50 years of experience; he counseled soldiers while in Vietnam and with the U.S. Postal Service and has served as a pastor. He holds advanced certificates in family crisis, abuse, addiction, anger, depression and PTSD. He is a disabled Vietnamveteran and is the host of “Rebuilding Families One Soul at a Time” on WOLB in Baltimore.
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