Don Hennessy Digest
8 For Professionals who work in Domestic Abuse NB: I believe all the posts in this Don Hennessy series would benefit such professionals, but this one is particularly aimed at them.
Who is Don Hennessy?
Don Hennessy’s work in the field of domestic abuse spans nearly three decades and at the age of 72 he says, “I continue to work a full week as I know that I enjoy my work.”
As a relationship counselor, Don Hennessy was one of six founders of The Cork Domestic Violence Project which was initiated in 1991 by the Cork Marriage Counseling Centre in Cork, Ireland.
He later became the director of the National Domestic Violence Intervention Agency in Ireland.
His experience includes interacting directly with both victims of domestic violence and 1000+ abusers. As a result of his personal experience and research he has acquired profound insights into the deliberate and effective tactics some men use “to enslave the women who love them.” His research and insights are supported by fellow colleagues and have been considered on the national level in Ireland.
His second book Steps to Freedom (published March 2018) is different from most ‘sympathy’ and ‘support’ books which rely on the target woman to protect herself. Instead it talks directly to the target woman while she is being controlled and hopes to give her the permission and the skills to protect her mind and her soul.
Hennessy’s Bio Details
- 6 years studying to become a missionary priest
- 25 years in various sales roles including 20 years of car sales
- 28 years and ongoing relationship counsellor
- Director of Ireland’s National Domestic Violence Intervention Agency (NDVIA) since 2003
- prior to the NDVIA he worked at the Cork Marriage Counselling Centre
The NDVIA was set up in 2003 with government funding, forced to close in Jan 2003 when funding ceased, then re-started in May 2003 and continues to run on a voluntary basis.
He is currently 72 years old and has been married for 48 years. He and his wife have five children (2 girls, 3 boys, who are now aged 38–47) and five grandchildren.
We have added Don Hennessy’s book How He Gets Into Her Head to our Gift Books Offer for victims who can’t afford to purchase it for themselves.
In our Don Hennessy series, all quotes from Hennessy and Irish media articles use British spelling to retain authenticity.
Don Hennessy has very generously allowed me to quote as much as I like from How He Gets Into Her Head to pass on the message to others. Thank you Don!
UPDATE: Hennessy’s new book Steps to Freedom: Escaping Intimate Control can be purchased direct from the Irish publisher Liberties Press.com – Steps to Freedom
Hennessy says that Steps to Freedom is different from most ‘sympathy’ and ‘support’ books which rely on the target woman to protect herself. Instead it talks directly to the target woman while she is being controlled and hopes to give her the permission and the skills to protect her mind and her soul.
[Updated Oct. 1, 2020: The following book links have been updated to take you to the Kindle ebook. Editors.]
Amazon UK and Amazon Canada have listed it as available in June.
As is common with newly published books, the US distributor has a separate release schedule from the British Commonwealth distributor. Amazon US [*affiliate link] have listed it as available July.
*Amazon affiliate link — ACFJ gets a small percentage if you purchase via this link.