This Week’s Guest…

Episode 9: Darla Locklear Hooker

Our tenth episode of Ending Domestic Abuse features a candid and inspiring conversation with Darla Locklear Hooker, a survivor of domestic violence who served 105 days in prison for shooting her abuser in self-defense. Darla opens up about her traumatic experiences, which started during a difficult childhood, and provides poignant advice to listeners in similar situations.  

This episode features a promotion for My Sister’s Place, an organization that provides emergency shelter and essential programs for victims of abuse. If you live in the DC area and need help, visit www.mysistersplacedc.org

About Darla Locklear Hooker

Domestic violence survivor who went to prison for killing her abuser in self-defense. She shares her story of unthinkable suffering to help others who may be facing similar trauma.

Darla Locklear Hooker is a domestic violence advocate, survivor, and author of Broken Silence: The Darla Locklear Hooker Story.  Click here to buy her book.

As a child, Darla experienced unthinkable trauma including witnessing domestic abuse between her parents, the death of both of her parents, and even molestation and rape at the hands of family members and foster parents. 

At age 14, Darla met a 24-year-old man named Maddex who she would go on to marry that year. For the next several years, Darla endured extreme physical, emotional, financial, and verbal abuse. After surviving numerous, almost fatal, physical attacks and threats to her life and her children’s lives, Darla shot Maddex in self-defense at age 21. Darla would go on to serve 105 days in prison for her action of self-defense. 

After being released and working through her trauma with a therapist, Darla is able to share her story and dedicate her life to helping women like her. 


Past Guests

Episode 8: Louise Stratten

In our eighth episode of Ending Domestic Abuse, Dr. Ludy Green talks with actress and producer Louise Stratten, sister of the late actress and Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten who was murdered by her estranged husband in 1980. Together, Dr. Green and Louise discuss domestic violence, answer listener questions and emphasize the humanity often forgotten in sensationalized stories of domestic abuse in Hollywood. 

This episode features a promotion for The Women’s Center in DC, an organization that provides affordable mental health counseling and essential services to victims of violence. If you live in the DC area and need help, or if you were moved by the story on our podcast today and want to donate to help vulnerable victims, visit https://thewomenscenter.org/

About Louise Stratten

Actress, Producer, and Speaker

Louise Stratten is a producer and actress known for her performances in City Island, Django Unchained and It Chapter 2. As the younger sister of model and actress Dorothy Stratten, who was murdered by her estranged husband, Louise takes a very personal interest in assisting victims of domestic violence, working with several charities and even speaking at the White House. Her current projects include producing the feature One Lucky Moon with Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson, as well as two limited series. One of these, The Killing of the Unicorn, tells her sister’s story, giving her a voice and adding a human dimension to what some have seen only as a Hollywood true crime tale.

Episode 7: Loree Sutton

Our seventh episode of Ending Domestic Abuse sheds light on a “forgotten crisis:” sexual assault and domestic violence in our military. Dr. Ludy Green sits down with retired Brigadier General and Army psychiatrist Loree Sutton to discuss the barriers victims face to reporting abuse and finding justice, as well as needed reforms to promote a healthier military culture.

This episode features a promotion for My Sister’s Place, an organization that provides emergency shelter and essential programs for victims of abuse. If you live in the DC area and need help, visit www.mysistersplacedc.org

About Loree Sutton

Retired Brigadier General and Highest-Ranking Army psychiatrist who has dedicated her life to improving the health and well-being of veterans, active service members, and citizens of the state of New York.

Loree Sutton, MD is a lifelong public servant and retired Brigadier General who, as the Army’s highest-ranking psychiatrist and Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Veterans’ Services, has devoted 35 years of service to the nation and New York. Loree’s decorated Army career includes earning a Bronze Star for her actions in combat while deployed to Operation Desert Storm, during which she was responsible for the mental health care of 25,000 troops as the 1st Armored Division Psychiatrist. 

Selected as a White House Fellow, the nation’s premier leadership program, Sutton joined the faculty at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences to command the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, Texas during the height of Operation Iraqi Freedom hostilities. Serving as the Founding Director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, Loree’s visionary leadership yielded transformational change for generations to come.

In New York City, Loree served as the Founding Commissioner for New York City’s Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS), engaging continuously with New Yorkers for five years in all five boroughs. Under Sutton’s leadership DVS pioneered numerous groundbreaking policy and innovative program successes. 

Married to her wife, Laurie Leitch, Loree is stepmother to Laurie’s two children, Chris and Lindsay, and cherishes their two grandsons. They share their home with beloved pup Moxie, and are forever proud New Yorkers. 

Episode 6: Tanya Brown

In our sixth episode of Ending Domestic Abuse, Dr. Ludy Green speaks with Tanya Brown who opens up about the continued impact of her sister Nicole Simpson’s death and battle with domestic abuse on their family. Brown candidly shares her journey through mental illness and overcoming trauma, and responds to some difficult questions from listeners struggling with their own mental health and abusive situations. 

About Tanya Brown

Sister of domestic violence victim Nicole Brown Simpson who is using her trauma to help others work through mental illness and find their self-worth and confidence

Tanya Brown is a domestic violence counselor, advocate, and life management coach who is motivated by her personal experience with abuse and trauma to help people develop healthy coping skills and achieve their goals. Brown is well-known as the youngest sister of Nicole Brown Simpson, ex-wife of former football player and actor O.J. Simpson, who was murdered in 1994.

Tanya Brown has been an Intimate Partner Violence speaker for over 10 years. She has shared her story as a keynote speaker with the Hope Foundation, a Homicide/Suicide Psychology Class at the University of CA, Irvine, and for doctors of Mission South Coast Medical Center in Laguna Beach, CA. Brown also does consulting work with universities, victims of domestic violence, teenagers with mental health issues, and shelters for battered women. She has been consulting for 10 years and has been a life coach since 2001.

Brown personally survived a mental health breakdown— an experience that forced her to do the self-work necessary for survival, and gave her the strength to support others going through similar situations. She launched www.tanyabrown.net to empower people to come forward and talk about their emotional challenges.

Recently, Brown published a book called The 7 Characteristics of Abuse: Domestic Violence, Where it Can Start and Where it Can End. The book lets readers in on how to identify abusive relationships and what to do about it. Read more about the book and purchase it here: https://www.tanyabrown.net/the-7-characters-of-abuse/

Brown’s life goal is to help others help themselves by providing tools for heightened mental clarity and awareness. She empowers her clients to remain disciplined and focused so they will reach their ultimate goal of optimal mental health. Brown received her B.A. in Counseling Psychology with a focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from Argosy University in Orange County, CA. She is currently completing an M.A. in the same field.

Episode 5: Justice Mark Kennedy

In our fifth episode of Ending Domestic Abuse, Dr. Ludy Green and Justice Mark Kennedy answer difficult questions about child abuse/neglect, and provide concrete advice about navigating the legal system and family courts to best protect vulnerable children. This episode also addresses the specific barriers to legal action created by the Covid-19 pandemic, featuring personal stories and urgent situations shared by listeners who have been struggling during quarantine. Special thank you to Megan Huber for her valuable contribution to this week’s program! 

About Justice Mark Kennedy

Family Court Judge and Alabama Supreme Court Justice with decades of experience working to prevent child abuse and protect children. 

Justice H. Mark Kennedy received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and his Juris Doctorate with honors from Cumberland School of Law.  From 1978 to 1999, Justice Kennedy served for five years as a juvenile and Family Court Judge in Montgomery, Alabama, five years as a Circuit Judge for the Alabama Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, and eleven years as an Associate Justice for the Supreme Court of Alabama.

Upon his retirement, Justice Kennedy became President of the Montgomery (Alabama) Riverfront Development Foundation. In addition, he served as the City of Montgomery’s Project Manager for the development and construction of the Class AA Minor League Riverwalk Stadium, and is presently the Project Manager for the City of Montgomery for the development of the Montgomery Convention Center and Hotel. Justice Kennedy chaired the development of a Comprehensive Master Plan for the redevelopment of historic downtown Montgomery and has worked toward its implementation since 2001.  

Justice Kennedy serves as the Project Director for the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Foundation, which, in partnership with the National Park Service, is charged with the development and construction of a Memorial at the Tuskegee Airmen Historic Site. Justice Kennedy served for twenty-one years as the Chairman of the State of Alabama’s Children’s Trust Fund, and is founder and Chairman of the Corporate Foundation for Children. He is the past president of The National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse. 

Justice Kennedy is married to the former Peggy Wallace and they have two sons, 1st Captain Leigh Kennedy, U.S. Army and Burns Kennedy, a student at the University of Alabama.

Episode 4: Dr. Sandra K Cohen

In our fourth episode of Ending Domestic Abuse, Dr. Ludy Green is joined by Psychiatrist Dr. Sandra Cohen to explain how the stressors caused by the current Covid-19 pandemic can increase the risk of domestic abuse, and isolate victims already struggling. Dr. Green and Dr. Cohen discuss healthy coping mechanisms to handle frustration and mental health issues worsened by new economic insecurities, while also responding to urgent stories from listeners and providing essential steps to seek help and safety from domestic violence during a pandemic.

About Dr. Sandra K Cohen

NYC-based Occupational and Organizational Psychiatrist, dedicated to improving workplace mental health and helping employees adapt to changing conditions. 

A native of metro Washington, DC, Dr. Sandra K Cohen, MD graduated from Radcliffe College in 1974 and Harvard Medical School in 1978, where she was a Harvard National Scholar. Dr. Cohen moved to NYC for her Psychiatric Residency at The New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell University Medical College, which she completed in June 1982, and where she continues to serve as a faculty member.

During residency, Dr. Cohen began her lifelong interest in Occupational and Organizational Psychiatry, and also pursued psychoanalytic training at The New York Psychoanalytic Institute, which she graduated from in October 1987. Currently, Dr. Cohen operates an office-based psychiatric practice in Manhattan. She also offers consulting as an Occupational and Organizational Psychiatrist to the NYC MTA and NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, as well as to many private companies. 

Dr. Cohen has a particular expertise in helping high value employees challenge their negative behaviors, which often lead to familial tensions and even violence, and successfully adapt to changing workplace norms. The Covid-19 pandemic has altered these norms considerably, intensifying professional and family stress for most workers. Dr. Cohen continues to help her patients cope and craft successful, adaptive responses in this difficult time. 

Episode 3: Leslie Morgan Steiner

In our third episode of Ending Domestic Abuse, Dr. Ludy Green is joined by best-selling author Leslie Morgan Steiner to discuss Leslie’s story as a survivor of domestic abuse and now esteemed advocate. Leslie shares her story of how the man she loved became physically and mentally abusive and how she found peace and healing after finally leaving him. Dr. Green and Leslie explore the process of speaking out after experiencing trauma, rebuilding her life, creating a dialogue about victim-blaming, and feeling empowered to tell her story. Thank you to Leslie Morgan Steiner for bravely speaking out and sharing her story.

About Leslie Morgan Steiner

New York Times best-selling author, columnist for The Washington Post, speaker on work/family balance, domestic violence survivor, successful corporate executive.

I am the author of four nonfiction books: the New York Times bestselling memoir Crazy Love; the critically acclaimed anthology Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families; The Baby Chase: How Surrogacy is Transforming the American Family; and my latest memoir, The Naked Truth, which explores female sexuality, self-esteem and dating after 50.

One of the best things I ever did was from 2006-2008 I wrote over 500 columns for the Washington Post’s popular on-line work/family column, “On Balance.” 

I have a BA in English from Harvard College. My first job was writing and editing for Seventeen Magazine. After graduating from Wharton in 1992 with an MBA in Marketing, I spent 10 years at Johnson & Johnson, launching Splenda Brand Sweetener from Argentina to Australia to Dubai. I returned to my hometown of Washington, DC in 2001 to become General Manager of the 1.1 million-circulation Washington Post Magazine, a job I loved for five years, until the demands of juggling work and raising kids prompted my return to fulltime writing.

I’ve been a regular guest on The Today Show, National Public Radio, ABC, NBC, CBS, and cable news networks. After appearing three nights in a row on Anderson Cooper 360, I had a dream that he asked me to become his sole heterosexual lover (I accepted). I’ve appeared in Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Elle, Parents, Self, Vogue, Vanity Fair, The Los Angeles Times, and CNN.com.  I am speak about 30 times a year on how end family violence. My 2012 TEDTalk about domestic violence, which was curated by a friend from second grade, has been viewed by over five million people, and in 2014 I completed my  second TEDTalk exploring the ethics of global surrogacy on the stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

I proudly serve as a board member for the One Love Foundation, in honor of slain University of Virginia senior Yeardley Love.

I divide my time between Washington, DC, New York, New Hampshire, and anywhere else in the world I’m lucky enough to be invited to visit.

Episode 2: Judge Kimberly Todd

In our second episode of Ending Domestic Abuse, Dr. Ludy Green will be joined by Judge Kimberly Todd to discuss how the U.S. Justice system and laws help women find safety and justice after domestic abuse occurs. As a Judge and mentor with vast experience in Family Law/Unified Family Court, Juvenile Detention, Dependency Court, and Early Childhood Court, Judge Todd serves as a voice for women and children in Pinellas County as she oversees new judges and cases, including those regarding domestic abuse.

About Judge Todd

A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Judge Kimberly Todd graduated from the University of South Florida and, in 1996, the Mississippi College School of Law. She worked as a prosecutor and as general counsel for a private corporation before opening her own law practice in 2001.  She was elected to the circuit bench in 2010 and began her first term in the family law division. Upon taking the bench, Judge Todd was assigned to a family law section until 2013, when she was assigned to Unified Family Court where she currently presides.

Judge Todd was the President of Canakaris Inn of Court for the 2013-2014 year. Judge Todd was appointed by the Chief Judge to serve as Chair of the Sixth Circuit Pro Bono Committee from 2014 to 2016. Judge Todd was appointed, by the chief judge, to serve as a mentor for new judges assigned to the Family Law division and/or Unified Family Court. She previously served as chairperson of the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, and is presently Chair of the Sixth Circuit Dependency Court Improvement Committee and a member of the state-wide Dependency Court Improvement Panel. Judge Todd has taken a leadership role in establishing an Early Childhood Court here in Pinellas County.