Episode 212: Domestic Violence: Interview Brielle Cotterman and Melissa Haenchen

Episode 212: Domestic Violence: Interview Brielle Cotterman and Melissa Haenchen

 Brielle Cotterman is a TEDx Speaker, Publicity Expert, and Celebrity-Maker. She is a survivor of attempted murder and domestic violence and an advocate for a world where intimate partner abuse is not tolerated and survivors are met with empathy. She is a graduate of Indiana University, a World’s Grand Champion Equestrian, and she has been married for just over a year to the love of her life and owns & operates a show horse breeding farm, where she lives with her husband, three children and many, many animals!

She has spent the better part of the last decade helping clients to craft and scale Dream careers to 7 figures and beyond by leveraging their personal stories and passions in order to create speaking tours, author award-winning books, procure media placements, and inspire the millions of people that need to hear their story.

Tune in to the audio program to hear Brielle’s story about having a gun held to her head, and how she has overcome the abuse.

Melissa Haenchen, Prevention Coordinator at the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, hails from Eastern Kansas and earned her degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of Kansas. She began her career as a domestic violence advocate, and has also held roles coordinating outreach and events for an organization serving adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and supporting parents to strengthen protective factors to prevent childhood sexual abuse, child abuse and neglect.

1-3 women undergo abuse. If you need help – please use the following tools:

To contact Brielle Cotterman:


To contact Melissa Haenchen:

Utah Domestic Violence Coalition:

Office: 801-521-5544

Help Resources:

24-hour LinkLine – 1-800-897-LINK (Available 24/7 in Utah)

For other locations in the USA: www.thehotline.org


Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault – www.ucasa.org

Utah’s 24 hr. Sexual Violence crisis line: 1-888-421-1100

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About the author, Lori

Lori is the host and producer of the Love Your Story podcast, a podcast dedicated to sharing candid interviews and conversations about living our best life stories on purpose. Lori pulls no punches in capturing interviews that shine a light on how we make it through the hard stuff – stress, anxiety, suicide, eating disorders, rape, the death of children, abuse, divorce and the real stuff we have to deal with. But, she also shares interviews with Olympians and incredible athletes, life coaches, therapists, and people who are changing the world – most often these two categories are one and the same. She has a master’s degree in Folklore--her research focuses on the personal narrative. She is the author of six books and over 100 magazine and newspaper articles, including her latest, L.I.F.E. – Living Intentional and Fearless Every Day. She consults with individuals on a personal and business level in helping them find their stories, reframe the ones that are holding them back, and manage the stories they currently tell themselves in order to create the story they personally want to live.

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