Episode 21: Julie Levine: A Coercive Control Advocate Battles Rare Cancer

Coercive Control By Jul 29, 2023 No Comments

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 FoodDirect, 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 at GoFundMe to help Julie today.

About Julie Levine

Julie Levine is an artist and school teacher. She is also a blogger and a contributing writer at Narcissistic Abuse Rehab. For many years, she has been a dedicated advocate for coercive control legislation in New York and New Jersey.

Learn more about Julie at Until You Say Uncle Again.

Episode Overview

  • 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

Where to Listen

The Narcissistic Abuse Rehab Podcast airs on these fine podcast platforms.


GoFundMe for Julie Levine

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

– 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.


Manya Wakefield is a recovery coach specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy and coercive trauma. Her expertise has been featured in publications such as Newsweek, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Huffington Post. In 2019, she launched the social impact platform Narcissistic Abuse Rehab, building a global audience through human rights advocacy. The same year, she published the book ‘Are You In An Emotionally Abusive Relationship,’ which is used in domestic violence recovery groups around the world. In 2020, Manya developed The Coercive Control Legislation Global Database. She is also the host of The Narcissistic Abuse Rehab Podcast, which is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon.