Episode 20: How Family Court Enabled The Coercive Control of Catherine Kassenoff

Narcissistic Abuse By Jul 25, 2023

In Episode 20 of the Narcissistic Abuse Rehab Podcast, we explore the topic ‘How The Family Court Enabled The Coercive Control of Catherine Kassenoff,’  in an exclusive interview with renowned journalist and divorce coach, Amy Polacko, who broke the story in Ms. Magazine.

A mother of three, Catherine alleged that she suffered years of punishing post-separation abuse at the hands of her ex-spouse, Allan Kassenoff. We analyze how biases in the family court system allowed Allan to use a psychological theory that has been discredited by the American Bar Association, the American Psychology Association, and the United Nations to gain sole custody of their children and wage an endless campaign of psychological terror that ended in tragedy.

About Amy Polacko

Amy Polacko is an investigative journalist and divorce coach. She was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that broke the TWA Flight 800 story at Newsday. Amy studied politics and literature at the College of the Holy Cross and Oxford University. She obtained her master’s degree at the Columbia School of Journalism.

Learn more about her work at freedomwarrior.info.

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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.