Friday, June 11, 2010

Talking on Matters of the Heart with Cissy Hunt

Please give a warm welcome to my guest Cissy Hunt.  She is the author of A Rose Blooms Among The Thorns,  a fictional novel delving into the subject of domestic violence.  This title will take you through the storms of the life of LaRae,  from fear to healing. 

Cissy lives in the Ozark Mountains with her husband.  She loves working in her yard,  and the mountains give her serenity.  She is an ordained minister,  reaching out to help hurting woman,  helping them through the healing process.

Thank you so much for stopping in today Cissy.  I know domestic violence is something most people don't think too much about unless it is effecting their lives in some form.  I appreciate you discussing such a touchy subject.

Cissy Hunt speaks about Domestic Violence:

My book, A Rose Blooms Among the Thorns is a fictional story about a woman's journey from domestic abuse through healing to forgiveness. This book covers a subject matter that is very close to my heart. the subject matter it covers is domestic violence. Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background. Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic
violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime.

Did you know?
One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. 85% of domestic violence victims are women. Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew. Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence. Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.

Even though A Rose Blooms Among the Thorns is a fictional book it is taken from my own life experiences. I choose to make it fiction rather than non-fiction because I want every woman that has gone through domestic violence to be able to relate to it. I don't want them to just read about another woman who experience domestic violence. I want them to know that another man is not the answer that healing is their answer.
Jumping into another relationship after domestic violence without healing 90% of the time leads to another abusive relationship. Yet, if they take the time to heal then they can find a new life that does not include domestic violence.

I would like to leave you with this exert from my book.

After stepping to the podium, LaRae looked down at the urn holding Terri's ashes then to the picture displayed on the easel before looking back up and beginning to speak.

"Terri never made it to true womanhood for she was only nineteen years old when she died. She will never know what it means to be a mother or a grandmother because her life was devalued so greatly by
her abuser that it meant nothing to him to take it. Her life was snuffed out instantly with no thought of remorse because her life wasn't her own; it had been taken from her. She had become property not a human being.

Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control another. Do you know that every nine seconds a woman is assaulted and battered in this country, and 5.3
million women are abused each year, and that Domestic Violence is the single major cause of injury to women, more than muggings and car accidents combined. Fifty percent of all women murdered in the
United States are killed by a spouse or an intimate partner. Also, over 500,000 women are stalked by an intimate partner each year. An average of about four women per day dies because of domestic violence.

So you see on the day Terri died at the hands of her abuser so did three other women. Three other families in this country lost a mother, a sister, a daughter, an aunt, or a niece.  Terri Carter is not the first nor will she be the last this town will gather together in mourning over. I wish she would be the last, I pray she would be, but until this community starts changing and becoming aware of domestic violence; there will be more victims like Terri. Think about it! The next service could even be held for one of your family members...maybe even one of your daughters."

Thanks again for chatting with us on such an important subject Cissy.  Please visit Cissy's website at  for more information about Cissy and her book.  Leave a comment today for your chance to win a copy of A Rose Blooms Among The Thorns or purchase at Amazon.


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