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Local author publishes book on family violence


“The Cryin’ House” brings to light the effects of family violence to children

The Cryin' House

Clarksville, TN – According to, over 3 million children are at risk of exposure to parental violence every year. Family violence has many adverse and long-term effects on the victim and even the people who witness the abuse. In her book, The Cryin’ House, author Dr. Julee S. Poole gives voice to the children who grew up in a violent home environment.

The Cryin’ House is a poignant reading experience that brings to light the experiences of children who live in a violent home. It explores the pain and suffering that these silent victims have to go through and the dynamics of the family. Readers will be gripped by the dismal reality of violence within the family and its effects on children. At the same time, readers will come to realize that there is hope and something can be done to help the child. This eye-opening read is a gateway for children to explore their feelings and an opportunity for adults to provide effective support.

Although presented in the wrappings of a picture book, there are nuggets of truth embedded beneath the storyline. Poignantly written, The Cryin’ House not only emphasizes the gravity of family violence, it is a helpful tool for adults to discuss this delicate subject to children.

The book is illustrated by Elizabeth Morgan Conwell.

You can order a copy of the book online for $21.99 Softcover, or $31.99 Hardcover.

About Julee S. Poole

Julee S. Poole, Ph.D. has a Master’s degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN and a Doctoral degree in Family Psychology from Capella University, Minneapolis, MN. She is an International Coach Academy Certified Professional Coach.

Dr. Poole has 30 years of experience in the mental health field. She is a family advocacy interventionist in her work with victims of family violence. She has co-presented in regional, national, and international conferences in the area of family violence, in which she examines the impact of family violence on children and how professionals can work to decrease this impact. She is contributing author of Children of Trauma: When Hitting Hits Home, a manual for professionals treating children of family violence.

Dr. Poole has ten years of higher education teaching experience, teaching Psychology and Counseling courses for several universities, guiding future professionals in the field of mental health. She is the owner of The Path Life Coaching, a life coaching organization working with children, adolescents, and families.

About Elizabeth Morgan Conwell

 Elizabeth Morgan Conwell, M.A. is a visual artist who received her BFA from Austin Peay State University in 2009, with a focus in Studio Art. Conwell has taught through the Tennessee-based Community School of the Arts over the past several years. There, she specialized in private art lessons, watercolor classes, and ceramics for children and adults. After obtaining her Master’s in the Arts of Teaching from Austin Peay she moved back to her native Kentucky, to pursue a career in teaching and current artistic endeavors.


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