Domestic violence occurs in 60% of marriages and is the most underreported crime.
90% of battered women reported their children were present when they were beaten.
Abuse is about POWER and CONTROL, NOT about passion or love! Abuse is NOT okay!
"Funny - He Doesn't Look Like a Murderer:
But Margie is Dead"
In this nonfiction account of her daughter's murder, Shirley warns that domestic violence can happen to anyone. Margaret Bostrom, a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and was a victim of domestic homicide. Facts about domestic violence are intertwined with the family's story.
My Best Friend is Being Abused"
This young adult novel addresses issues in a friendship and a healthy dating relationship versus dating an abuser, which the author recognizes and exposes as dangerous. Abby's best friend Missy is being abused, but she won't admit it. Abby knows Missy is in danger, so she seeks adult help. Missy is able to leave the abuser safely because friends, family and involved adults support her.
Funny - He Doesn't Look Like a Murderer:
But Margie is Dead
Our personal story of loss, grief and advocacy is told
in this PowerPoint presentation.
Pain-Pen-Pad: Writing, a Tool for Healing
Participants will experience writing as an effective
tool for understanding their grief.
Abby's Dilemma: My Best Friend is Being Abused
Shirley's young adult novel about teen dating violence
and Teaching Guide make a teen-friendly presentation
for adults and teens.
Consultants-At Adult Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team Committee Meetings
The Bostroms share their knowledge about victims'
"A Teaching Guide for Abby's Dilemma"
This guide provides detailed information, discussion questions and activities to reinforce and expand the students' knowledge about friendships and dating relationships.
Our story of why we began writing and getting involved in
Calie Books With A Focus on Domestic and Dating Abuse: It could happen anywhere, anytime, to anyone!