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Finding Humanity

72 EpisodesProduced by Humanity Lab Foundation and Hueman Group MediaWebsite

Finding Humanity is a Webby-winning podcast that shares true stories of courage and purpose in the face of today’s pressing social justice, equality, and human rights issues. With the help of leading global experts and advocates, host Hazami Barmada examines how we got here and how you can be a part… read more


26. Coerced: Addressing the Hidden Forms of Domestic Violence

Victims of coercive control might not recognize their experience as domestic abuse. In the case of Ryan Hart, his mother was left with no choice but to stay with his father — who portrayed himself as a well-respected family man in their community. Ryan says that it was their father's gendered view of the world which ultimately led him to murder his daughter and wife of 25 years.

According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men worldwide experience some type of abuse.  And with the COVID-19 lockdown, reported numbers of intimate partner violence rose significantly.

In this episode, we’ll unpack domestic violence and its manifestations. We learn about coercive control and emotional abuse and why it’s extremely difficult to escape a manipulative partner. On the show, we share the unspeakable tragedy that befell the Hart family and how we can better advocate for domestic abuse victims and survivors.

Featuring policy and advocacy insights from experts: Patricia Evans, Author and Founder of the Evans Interpersonal Communications Institute and John Hamel, Forensic and Clinical Social Worker and Researcher.


This episode is made possible with the support of Vodafone Americas Foundation. To learn more about their programs and how you can support their network of partners, visit


Finding Humanity is a production of Humanity Lab Foundation and Hueman Group Media.

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