“Every 7 seconds a woman is beaten and abused by a partner or ex-partner. Every 48 hours a woman is being murdered in the United States and 25% of all homicides in this country of women between the ages of 15-24 are relationship or dating related.”
Darlene Greene knows about these and other related statistics when it comes to domestic abuse and violence against women and girls. In her book, Blood Relatives: Breaking the Cycle; Breaking the Silence, Darlene opens a vein and bleeds her painful truth. The truth of dealing with the aftermath of the violence inflicted upon a beloved cousin, aunt and younger sister.
She is determined that their tragic deaths and the death of other women and girls at the hands of men who profess to ‘love’ them will not be in vain.
Darlene Greene is Founder and Executive Director of The Ina Mae Greene Foundation, a valuable resource for victims of domestic abuse. Her purpose is focused on helping women and girls leave a violent situation “safely.”
Blood Relatives:Breaking the Cycle; Breaking the Silence - By Darlene Greene $10.00
About the Book
Big Momma Didn't Tell Me is a cautionary tale about life, love and relationships.
Big Momma, being the strong Matriarch of the family, until it came to her husband; then everything he says goes, whether she agreed with it or not.
A legacy that was passed down to her daughters and granddaughters, perpetuated a cycle of "blind obedience," drama, pain, dysfunction, and even death.
This book is a time capsule that spans more than five decades. It chronicles the story of Ella Mae King (Big Momma) and the trials and tribulations of the women in one southern family who never understood what love really was. What to expect in relationships, or how to make healthy relationship choices.
A story about a family legacy of giving in to your man no matter the consequences, that is handed down to the young women, generation after generation-- like fine china and cherished heirlooms.
It's a legacy of control . . . of abuse and death, resulting from a lack of knowledge about relationship violence and how it affects the entire family, not just the victim.
Though the story is lived out by one family of beautiful African-American women, it is a story line that is echoed across the country by women of all races and socio-economic backgrounds where domestic violence and toxic relationships serve as a common theme.
Big Momma Didn't Tell Me This Would Happen will make you laugh; sometimes it will make you cry.
In the end, it is my hope that ultimately it will make you think-- about your choices, about love, and about relationship safety. Because "what you DON'T know CAN hurt you!"
This 3rd book, authored by Darlene Greene, (the 1st fictional work), will be available as a limited edition in August. You can order it online through the website at www.inamaegreene.org.
Look for the National distribution in October, for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
"Reading your book can't put it down. I was only going to read a little more but can't stop on page 141. ;-)"
"I think it's different for me reading it because I'm actually visualizing the character of our family members. Love Trudy...Mr.Tony..... I feel like I'm reading our family history. It's a good read and i've even Laughed OUT LOUD reading some of it."
"Sooooo while I like both endings, because of where I am in my life the alternate ending spoke directly to me! There is so much pressure by friends and family to be married, when deep down I know for ME the person that deserves ME has not entered my life. I am comfortable and LOVE where I am in my full life and what anyone else thinks is irrelevant! Excellent read... Just excellent! Thanks for sharing! Good Night! Sleep tight! Lol"
"Hey. Finished the book. Great reading and message. Loved Peaches so real and honest. Enjoyed it."
"GM, girl...I read Big Momma all the way home & then until 2:40 am this morning...I'm up to "Nowhere to Run-Nowhere to Hide"...can't wait to finish...WOW...this is definitely great storytelling. ...couldn't put it down.:-) Thanks for your insights into LIFE.....Luv,Luv you!<3"
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