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Contributing Writers

The following group comprised of authors, academics, researchers and nationally-recognized domestic violence experts serve as contributing writers to DomesticShelters.org.

Amanda Kippert is an award-winning freelance journalist and the content editor of DomesticShelters.org. She is a trained domestic violence advocate and volunteers with the emergency help line of her local domestic violence shelter. Her writing has appeared in more than a dozen local and national publications. You can learn more at AmandaKippert.com.

Barry Goldstein is a nationally recognized domestic violence author, speaker and advocate. He is the author of five leading books about domestic violence and child custody including The Quincy Solution: Stop Domestic Violence and Save $500 Billion. Barry is research director for the Stop Abuse Campaign and co-chair of the child custody task group for NOMAS. He has served as an instructor for a New York Model Batterer Program since 1999 and serves on the Editorial Advisory Group for this website.

Brian Martin is the Founder and CEO of the Childhood Domestic Violence Association and author of the New York Times Bestseller Invincible: The 10 Lies You Learn Growing Up With Domestic Violence and the Truths to Set You Free. His work has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes and he has testified before Congress and appeared on national television programs including Dr. Phil.

Connie Sloan is an author, philanthropist, consultant and revitalization coach, and the Founder of The Soda Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps survivors of domestic abuse rebuild their lives.

Evan Stark Ph.D. is a leading authority on woman battering and child abuse and an associate professor of public administration, director of the master's in public health program at Rutgers-Newark and director of the Division of Urban Health Administration at the UMDNJ School of Public Health.Evan is the author of Coercive Control: How Men Entrap Women in Personal Life.

Heather Poole is a flight attendant for a major U.S. carrier and the author of the New York Times bestseller Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet. You can follow her on Twitter at @Heather_Poole.

Janice Fuller Roberts is a freelance writer, novelist, and blogger living in the metropolitan Detroit area. She has a popular advice column called “Ask Janice” at SuzyKnew.com, a site dedicated to the sexual health and pleasure for women of color, with a focus on women from the African diaspora. Janice is also a frequent contributor to the Sexy Single Mommy and has been featured in For Harriet, emPower Magazine, and Corset.

Kit Gruelle is a survivor of domestic violence who has worked as an advocate for battered women and their children for almost 30 years. She is a renowned community educator, lecturer and subject matter expert and trainer for California POST (Peace Officers Standards and Training), helping develop training films and curricula for first responders, public safety dispatchers, and hostage/crisis negotiators. She is also the subject of Private Violence, an intimate and compelling documentary on domestic violence that premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was featured on HBO the same year.

Lisa Aronson Fontes Ph.D. is a popular speaker, workshop facilitator and senior Lecturer at University of Massachusetts. She is the author of Invisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationship and has dedicated two decades to making the mental health, social service, and criminal justice systems more responsive to culturally diverse people. She has worked as a family, individual, and group psychotherapist, and has conducted research in Santiago, Chile, and with Puerto Ricans, African Americans, and European Americans in the United States.

Lynn Fairweather M.S.W. is an abuse survivor who has worked in the domestic violence response and prevention field for over 23 years. She is the principal of Presage Consulting and is the President of Oregon VAWPAC, America’s only political action committee focused on violence against women, and is author of Stop Signs: Recognizing, Avoiding, and Escaping Abusive Relationships.

Samra Zafar is an international speaker, human rights activist, scholar, author and social entrepreneur. She also serves as Governor for the University of Toronto and is the founder and president of the nonprofit Brave Beginnings, an organization dedicated to helping women find personalized mentorship, friendship and support to rebuild their lives after oppression and abuse.

Shahida Arabi is the author of three books including the No. 1 Amazon bestseller POWER: Surviving and Thriving After Narcissistic Abuse. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Columbia University and she blogs about abuse and trauma recovery at Self-Care Haven.

Shelley Flannery is a trained domestic violence advocate long-time freelance writer and editor whose experience includes domestic violence reporting as well as law enforcement. She strives to make stories come to life with fresh angles and concise messaging.

Stephanie Thurrott is a journalist and trained domestic violence advocate who has contributed more than 50 articles and counting for DomesticShelters.org covering topics that range from the costs of escaping abuse to ending revenge porn. In addition to this site, she also writes for NBC News Better, Taste of Home magazine, Stanford Health Care, Tufts University, and other print and online outlets.

Suzannah Weiss is a freelance writer and editor who currently serves as a contributing editor for Teen Vogue and Complex and a regular contributor to New York Magazine, The Washington Post, Vice, Glamour, Bustle, Refinery29, Everyday Feminism, Self, Men’s Health, The Establishment, Audiofemme, and more. She holds degrees in Gender & Sexuality Studies, Modern Culture & Media, and Cognitive Neuroscience.

The following guidelines are used by DomesticShelters.org to determine which books we will make available in our Recommended Books section. If you are an author and would like us to consider your book for our site, please review the guidelines carefully before submitting. To submit a book, email us at info@domesticshelters.org and include a PDF copy of the book.

  • Your book must be published by a traditional publisher, not self-published.
  • The book must be professionally written, researched, fact-checked, edited and copyedited.
  • The book must meet book publishing industry standards for formatting, structure and presentation.
  • The writing must exhibit expert understanding of domestic violence or related topics.
  • The author is ideally widely recognized for their expertise on the topic presented.
  • The book must have an ISBN 10.
  • The book must be available through amazon.com.
  • You must submit a PDF version of the book so that it can be easily reviewed.

While we receive many book submissions and reserve the right to determine which books will become available on DomesticShelters.org, we’re nonetheless greatly appreciative of all the good work created by the many people working to help survivors and end domestic violence.