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The Ultimate Betrayal

A Renewed Look at Intimate Partner Violence

Tricia B. Bent-Goodley, PhD, is professor of social work at Howard University. Dr. Bent-Goodley has a passion for creating solutions to improve the safety and viability of families, with a particular focus on the development of culturally specific faith- and community-based interventions that strengthen families and communities of color. She is the author or coauthor of three books in the area of social policy. Dr. Bent-Goodley serves in a number of local, state, and nationally elected and appointed leadership positions, for example, as a member of the Prince George’s County Domestic Violence Fatality Review; member of the National Association of Social Workers Committee on the Role and Status of Women; Steering Committee member of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community; and cochair of the NABSW National Academy for African-Centered Social Work. Before coming to Howard University, she served as an administrator and clinical practitioner in the area of family violence, school, and community practice. Dr. Bent-Goodley received her PhD in social work with specialization in social policy, planning, and analysis from Columbia University; her master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania; and her bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Queens College of the City University of New York. Dr. Bent-Goodley finds her greatest joy in being a wife and a mother of two boys.

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