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Narcissistic Abuse Rehab

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The Narcissistic Abuse Rehab Podcast provides a trauma-informed evidence based perspective on topics related to abusive power and control dynamics. Selected as one of Feedspots Top 10 Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Podcasts of 2021. Host Manya Wakefield is a recovery coach, educator and author speciali… read more


Julie Levine: A Coercive Control Advocate Battles A Rare Form Of Cancer

In Episode 21 of the Narcissistic Abuse Rehab Podcast, we delve into the topic ‘Julie Levine: A Coercive Control Advocate Battles A Rare Form of Cancer,’ and the disturbing similarities between Julie and Catherine Kassenoff's experiences of coercive control, child custody in the Westchester Family Court, and adverse health outcomes.

Like Catherine, Julie has allegedly suffered from years of cruel post-separation abuse from her ex-husband, Robert Levine, President of Food Direct, whose treatment of Julie was found to be "cruel and inhuman" by the court. After Julie's escape, she says Robert has withheld the financial judgement she won 20 years ago and made good on his promise that she would be forever estranged from her children, Jared and Jason.

Julie has spent the last two decades advocating for survivors. However after decades of stress and heartache, she was diagnosed with MPN (Myeloproliferative neoplasms), a rare blood cancer. Please donate to help Julie today


- Julie Levine's story

- Similarities to Catherine Kassenoff's story

- Post-separation abuse

- Parent-child estrangement

- Financial abuse

- Vexatious Litigation

- The link between coercive control and cancer

- The systemic abuse of coercive control survivors


- Julie's GoFundMe -⁠

- Until You Say Uncle Again -

- Wakefield, M (2023, February 18). ‘PTSD + Depression Comorbidity Increase Risk of Mortality In Women.’ ⁠⁠

- Levine, J. (2020) 'The Use of Isolation in Coercive Control.' Narcissistic Abuse Rehab.

- Reingle Gonzaleza, J.M., Jetelinaa, K.K., Olaguea, S., Olaguea, J.G. (2018) Violence against women increases cancer diagnoses: Results from a meta-T analytic review. Preventative Medicine. Pages 168-179.

- Cumming, C. (2018) West Orange Resident Being Sued For 10 Million Dollars By Ex-Husband. Tap Into West Orange.

- Cumming, C. (2023) Former West Orange Resident & Inspirational Volunteer Diagnosed with Rare Blood Cancer Needs Help. Tap Into West Orange.

- Julie Levine v. Robert Levine, NY Slip Op 19284 [2 AD3d 498] December 8, 2003 Appellate Division, Second Department As corrected through Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431. 

- Heid, M. (2014) How stress affects cancer risk. University of Texas MD Cancer Center.


Every effort has been made to present accurate and verifiable information. Listeners are encouraged to conduct their own research to further understand Julie's journey and the challenges she and other coercive control survivors faces in their battle against cancer. Narcissistic Abuse Rehab takes no responsibility for any actions or decisions made based on the information provided in this episode.

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