Courage in the Dark: Understanding Intimate Partner Violence, Part 1

Content Disclaimer: This episode contains discussions about intimate partner violence that some listeners may find disturbing or difficult to hear.

In this episode, we begin a powerful two-part series on intimate partner violence (IPV). In Part 1, Kalena Brown, an IPV survivor shares her story of overcoming immense challenges including physical and psychological trauma, systemic failures, and societal stigma.

Kalena recounts her harrowing journey through custody battles, abuse, and the emotional aftermath of IPV. She reveals the persistent institutional problems survivors face and her efforts to advocate for change within the healthcare and judicial systems. Her story is a testament to resilience and the importance of reclaiming one's voice.

Join us as we delve into Kalena's story, shedding light on the often-hidden aspects of IPV and exploring how healthcare providers and society can better support survivors.

As we bring you this episode in May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month, it's crucial to recognize that IPV manifests in various forms beyond physical violence, including psychological, emotional, and financial abuse.

Kalena Brown

If there is one word to describe Kalena Brown, it is resilient. Despite facing numerous obstacles, including physical and sexual abuse, homelessness, and postpartum depression, she has persevered. Transforming the darkest moments of her life into a powerful advocacy platform, Kalena now stands as a beacon for justice, challenging both the healthcare and judicial systems. She leverages her personal story to raise awareness about intimate partner violence, influencing hospitals in Philadelphia, churches, and various organizations. Kalena is dedicated to sharing her experiences and bringing awareness to issues often overlooked by society.

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