Remedyblox founder and CEO, Remedy Max is a knowledgeable educator and public speaker on the subject of Domestic Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Prevention. As a subject matter expert in this field as well on the subject of Personality Disorders and Human Deviant Behaviors with a special knowledge base in Narcissism, Sociopathy, Psychopathy and Sexual Deviance - she fully appreciates the sensitive nature of these difficult and very emotionally charged subject topics when speaking to public audiences or when working directly with survivors of IPV and narcissistic abuse.
Her public educational programs and individual consultation sessions offered to survivors of IPV and also various forms of narcissistic abuse - are delivered with compassion and understanding. That is because she is able to draw on her vast personal and professional experiences as well as on her formal educational background which she completed to help in her own recovery journey post a mentally abusive relationship with a dangerous criminal psychopath.
Remedy's drive to understand this form of Human Deviant Behavior has been fueled by her desire to help as many other survivors of domestic abuse and Narcissistic abuse to help them reclaim their sanity, gain validation as well as a new sense of personal empowerment so they can embrace new opportunities in life and start living again healthy and normal lives. Basically helping others move from victimhood to survivor status with the drive to not just learn to survive but also thrive in life!
In 1995, Remedy Max completed several Specialized Training Certifications in Human Deviant Behaviors including Intimate Partner Violence under the instruction and supervision of retired FBI Criminal Profiler Det. Roy Hazelwood and Dr. J. Reid Meloy, a board-certified forensic psychologist (ABPP) who is often called to provide expert testimony in criminal and civil cases throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Post completing the above certifications in Human Behavior Deviance, she went on to complete additional certifications and an undergraduate degree in Criminology, Law & Ethics and Bioethics from the University of Toronto. Fascinated with the Frailty of the Human Condition and Human Deviance Propensity she continued on with her studies to complete her Master's Degree in Criminology and a Collaborative Program in Addiction Studies in 2001 from the University of Toronto..
From 2003 - 2004 she worked on the Woman's Abuse Council of Toronto (WACT) project and served as a Court Watch Reporter in the Provincial Family Courts in Ontario. In this role she monitored criminal court proceedings on domestic abuse trials to help identify what social justice reforms were needed to enhance a better understanding about the cycle of Domestic Abuse at trial and how the Criminal Justice could improve on meting out timely and just rulings to protect the rights and safety of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) survivors.
Sitting through numerous Domestic Violence court proceedings - Remedy Max personally observed and reported back on how some social biases and misconceptions about domestic violence prevailed during some trials where they produced a verdict that favored the accused to the detriment of the victim. Especially when the accused successfully managed to shift the blame on the victim and away from themselves using common Narcissistic traits and tactics. This left many survivors to feel revictimized by the court proceeding including holding legitimate new fears of not just their partner retaliating against them after getting off on a legal technicality or a slap on the wrist - but many also lost faith in the criminal justice system being unable to protect them in the future if another assault would occur. As such, the final WACT report was instrumental in identifying gaps needed to be filled along with various justice reforms so that perpetrators could be held better held accountable for the assault against their partner so that specific deterrence value could be achieved as well as general deterrence benefits to be gained for society as a whole. In addition, recommended changes in the report also helped serve the interests of future survivors of domestic abuse with new confidence that justice would be served and that their rights and freedoms to living a life free from partner abuse mattered and was worth fighting for.
Understanding the need and true value of breaking the stigma and social biases held about domestic abuse and intimate partner violence as well as a lack of much needed public awareness about Narcissistic partner abuse - prompted Remedy Max to bring greater public awareness to this very personal and private offense against innocent victims. As such she started to lead public presentations to help others understand the progressive nature of both domestic and narcissistic abuse, how to break the cycle of abuse and the need to dispel common misconceptions why some partners stay with an abuser. Her presentations and workshops also speak to the different economic, cultural and ethnic barriers that factor in why many female and male IPV victims do not report or leave an abusive partner and why many feel stuck in a narcissistic relationship not by choice rather by circumstance.
In her commitment to spreading public awareness about domestic and narcissistic abuse to help inform and empower victims with risk reduction strategies and harm prevention tools to promote their personal physical and mental safety - she accepted the position of Weekly Safety & Security Columnist with the Metro Toronto newspaper in 2004. In this role she proceeded to write 110 safety and security articles over a two years' span to help individuals identify and better protect themselves against various situational and social risk exposures presented by strangers and also persons they trusted and knew.
Her newspaper articles were read in print by over 540,000 people each week in just the Greater Toronto Area plus accessed by millions of other online readers across North America and around the world - many of whom reached out to her regularly for added advice and support to help them break the cycle of abuse and reclaim their life.
Through her articles for the Metro Toronto Newspaper and other written publications about personal safety and security in other magazines - Remedy Max was instrumental in bringing needed attention to the incidence of male victims of both Intimate Partner Violence and also abusive Narcissistic partners (in opposite and same sex relationships). She often presented on about the dark shadow of crime (unreported incidence of male victims of IPV) which afforded many men who were suffering in silence at the hands of their abusive intimate partner (either male or female) to have their private plight finally recognized and acknowledged in the main stream. Many of whom also ended up reaching out to Remedy Max from all over the world for added insights and strategies to help guide them to safety from their abusive partner and away from the toxic and harmful relationship.
Remedy Max is a strong proponent and advocate for protecting the rights of both female and male IPV survivors and helping them navigate the emotional vortex such abuse creates in an individual. She also uses her voice and knowledge to deliver powerful educational platforms to provide strategic insights and support to those being victimized by their physically and/or emotionally and/or mentally abusive intimate partners so they can better protect themselves against further harms as well as gain the needed confidence and personal empowerment to find healthy and nurturing relationships in the future.
Remedy's programs and presentation topics are often emotionally charged and she readily speaks candidly to the uncomfortable truth about the Frailty of the Human Condition to help audiences gain the needed perspective that will lead them to safety as well as create social equity, protection of victims' rights and needed justice reforms for survivors so they can live in healthier, safer and inclusive social environments regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, religion, abilities, age or economic status.
RemedyBlox is proud of its commitment and contributions made in the field of Domestic Abuse and Intimate Partner Prevention for the past two decades. From spreading public awareness about this form of private abuse that happens behind closed doors - to assisting those who have been or continue to be abused by their partner - we continue to help many survivors access needed supports, receive expert harm prevention advice, and resources. Our risk-mitigation platforms are designed to empower the survivor, help provide them with available options so they can make the informed decision about when and how to leave their abusive relationship safely and how to remain safe if they are not ready to leave.
We recognize the immediate and long-term benefits when survivors of traumatic event(s) (such as but not limited to Domestic Abuse) start working on healing their injured and often fragile emotional and mental state as soon as possible. This proactive measure helps to reduce their risks for developing severe and chronic psychological disorders such as PTSD, anxiety, stress induced physical illnesses, including engaging in high risk behaviors that lead to a serious addiction or substance abuse.
Through our interactions and support recovery work with survivors of domestic abuse / IPV since early 2000, we have become cognizant of the increased risk for survivors of trauma to develop high risk self-destructive addiction(s) and/or turning to substance abuse as well. For many the early onset of a behavior addiction like problem gambling, eating disorders, compulsive shopping even sex addiction - initially satisfies them greatly because they finally experience a sense of control that has been denied to them by their abuser(s). High risk behaviors also provide many with a temporary escape from their present or past abusive relationship. Still some turn to substance abuse in an effort to self-medicate to numb their emotional pain and suppress traumatic memories that they have not properly processed or healed from on an emotional and psychological level. All of this indicates that high risk behavior addictions are symptomatic of something else going on at a deeper level which needs to be considered in recovery.
NOTE: We are not purporting that all survivors of domestic abuse will automatically develop a high risk behavior addiction or turn to substance abuse. Only that those who develop a serious addiction consistently report having survived some traumatic life event(s) like domestic abuse / intimate partner violence in the past.
To help domestic abuse survivors mitigate against the risk for developing a full blown behavior addiction or a substance abuse addiction - we developed the Fractured Psyche Recovery Model which has been most instrumental for survivors of trauma as well as those battling an addiction for whom traditional addiction recovery programs got them only so far where they continued to struggle with the urges, or developed other concurrent or latent onset of other addiction vices.
At RemedyBlox we regard all forms of behavior addictions as symptomatic expressions of the addict's subconscious mindset which became fractured by an earlier exposure to traumatic life event(s). Meaning we view addiction as a symptom that can be managed but to help an addict truly recover and end the cycle of relapse (or develop latent addiction vice transference) the root cause driving their addiction needs to recognized and repaired.
Traumatic life events that can fracture one's subconscious mind (psyche) include *but not limited to:
Since traumatic life experiences (regardless of their severity or duration) are found in most if not among all addicts - the impact of such earlier trauma and their injurious lasting psychological effects on the individual's subconscious mind (their psyche) cannot be discounted, minimized nor ignored when it comes to understanding addiction onset and the recovery process.
Under the revolutionary and progressive "Fractured Psyche Recovery Model" that Remedy Max coined in early part of 2000 - it is our finding that whenever the survivor of a traumatic life event fails to mentally process the trauma or properly heal psychologically from their past traumatic experience(s) (preferably under the guidance of a trained professional) - then the onset / development of a high risk behavior compulsion or substance abuse leading into a serious addiction becomes more prevalent.
WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN?
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RemedyBlox' founder belongs to various Domestic Abuse / IPV Prevention fellowships, online support groups and organizations in Canada and abroad.
Remedy Max continues to enhance her knowledge about latest research findings in the field of Domestic Abuse / IPV prevention as well as policy developments, victim rights advocacy initiatives and legislative reforms and legal updates that aim to aid and protect survivors of domestic violence and society as a whole.
As an affiliate, contributing member and group moderator for the following online support forums she shares her expertise with many domestic violence survivors across the globe:
In addition to the various online and social media group supports - we at RemedyBlox also offer survivors of domestic abuse / IPV the following services - just CLICK on the LINKS below to proceed to the page:
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In February 2019 - we created this private & confidential group on Facebook for both men and women who are struggling with a particular difficult relationship with someone they know or are involved with (e.g., intimate partner, family member, neighbor, someone at work, etc..) who is causing them some form of undue hardship or being abusive.
This group is a closed group to offer all members the value of posting openly about their personal ordeal for the benefit of gaining added insights and support from fellow members who have gone through or are going through a similar abusive relationship. Insights and information shared in this group is intended to help members learn not just how to survive but how to thrive after gaining their freedom from their abuser that was physically, emotionally, mentally, sexually and/or financially abusive or who is refusing to leave them alone after the relationship ended.
The administrator of this group is Remedy Max (founder of RemedyBlox) where in addition to moderating the group activities she offers emotional support as well as identifying critical patterns in destructive behaviors, how to recognize toxic relationships so members can identify and validate their experiences.
She regularly shares practical tools and advice in this group as well as on RemedyBlox' Facebook page - to help others mitigate against future risks and harms while instilling self-confidence and empowerment to alleviate real and perceived fears that can prevent some from making the necessary changes in their lives.
Group members have ready access to many helpful risk-mitigation and recovery resources to help them break the cycle of abuse and reclaim their personal power and self-confidence so they can enter healthy and safe future relationships.
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RemedyBlox offers various public presentations at community events and public forums for members of the general public as well as for special interest agency groups to promote greater public awareness about domestic abuse and intimate partner prevention.
The purpose of these public educational platforms is to open the dialogue to dispel common misconceptions about domestic abuse - including bringing to the forefront how men can be abused by their partners only to be often revictimized when they attempt to report their abuser or when they disclose their ordeal to others.
Through our presentations we help audiences to readily recognize the Yellow & Red Flags of an abusive partner and how to mitigate their risk exposures to safeguard their personal safety and mental health. We also address how survivors of domestic abuse are at a higher risk of developing a serious behavior addiction or substance abuse and how to mitigate against this risk exposure.
Examples of Some Public Presentation Topics Offered to Members of the General Public:
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We are in the process of developing new online educational course programs on UDEMY that individuals who are currently dealing with an abusive partner or who have terminated an abusive relationship but need additional support.
Our upcoming online courses will be featured under the following 7 categories:
The category of DOMESTIC ABUSE / INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE PREVENTION will be offering the following online course topics:
Our online courses deliver their own set of valuable insights, practical tools and applicable recovery strategies for survivors of domestic abuse and intimate partner violence.
The overall objective is help empower individuals and help them recognize the early warning signs and how to safeguard against different forms of abuse including recovery strategies and personal safety considerations once they decide to leave their abusive partner to start anew.
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Our risk-based educational programs and emotional support services for survivors of Domestic Abuse / Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is gender neutral as we recognize that either genders can be victimized by their abusive partner / spouse.
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CONTACT US TODAY by booking a confidential session on our BUDDY LINE. We are here to listen and to offer you with confidential support and strategic insights to help you stay safe and access resources to get you through your current situation. You can also email us directly to schedule a confidential consultation session to discuss your current situation and options available to you.
We always look for feedback and topic ideas for our risk-based educational platforms.
So if you have a specific topic idea or a particular subject you would like us to add to our roster of Domestic Abuse / IPV Presentation Platforms please drop us a line using the online CONTACT FORM below.
Our subject matter experts on Domestic Abuse and Intimate Partner Prevention deliver informative and compelling public presentations to offer audiences with new insights and valuable strategies to break the cycle of domestic abuse.
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