Susan Murphy-Milano’s newest book, TIMES UP, A Guide on How to Leave and Survive Abusive and Stalking Relationships, is out today.

TIMES UP is the perfect companion for domestic violence victims, guiding them towards safety by showing them the unseen pitfalls of leaving a violent relationship and how to navigate around them. It contains step-by-step details and instructions how to fill out an “Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit”, one of the unique tools that Murphy-Milano has created and used through the years in high danger cases, saving many lives.  I feel confident that if Susan McFarland, the subject of my book GONE FOREVER, had read TIMES UP, odds are, she’d still be alive today.

As I wrote in my essay and review, “It is all at your fingertips in the pages of this book. If you are a sophisticated, educated, aware woman, you will find things you didn’t know to help yourself and others. If you are a stay-at-home mom who has been controlled since a teenager and doesn’t know the first thing about leading an independent life, you’ll find all the details you need to escort you through the risk-filled and often baffling transition ahead.


Anny Jacoby, personal safety expert wrote: Every domestic violence agency, advocate, church, police and sheriff’s departments should have a supply of Susan’s book to share with EVERY victim that they speak to. Time’s Up should be included with every packet of information that is distributed to victims.”


Susan Murphy-Milano is more than just my friend, she is also a specialist in family violence and works nationally with domestic violence programs, law enforcement and prosecutors providing technical and consulting services in “high risk” domestic violence and stalking related cases. Her principal objective is to intervene before a victim is seriously injured or killed. In 1999, Susan was inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame for her work on behalf of Women’s Rights. In 2001, Susan received the Women with Vision Award from the Illinois Bar Association.
Susan is host of The Susan Murphy Milano Show.  Listen this Wednesday at 4 pm Eastern/ 3 pm Central for a discussion of TIMES UP.  She is also one of the women, like myself, who posts on the cooperative blog, Women In Crime Ink. With co-stars, Dennis Griffin and Vito Colucci, Susan will be participating in the new television show, Crime Wire which will examine cases in which the investigations have left questions unanswered and possible criminal activity unexposed.