Domestic violence victim shares her story to give hope to others

By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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EL DORADO HILLS, CA - An El Dorado Hills woman has turned her personal tragedy into a book in the hopes of helping other victims of violence.

Susan Hamlin’s husband, former prosecutor Richard Hamlin, was found guilty of torture and corporal injury to a spouse in January 2006.

He is currently serving a life sentence.

Susan Hamlin, herself an attorney, said she was physically abused for years and felt she needed to share her story with others.

“I’ve been wanting to write a book for a number of years,” she said. “This book is a smaller commentary of what I’ve learned and a guide for family and friends standing on the sidelines while a loved one is living in abuse.”

Hamlin’s new book, A Guide for Family and Friends of Someone Living in Domestic Violence is from the perspective of a survivor and is a mini-account of her story.

“It’s more from that perspective than telling my full story. My motivation in writing telling this part of it is to get the information out there and dispel the common stereo types that abuse victims live on the other side of town are uneducated,” Hamlin said.

“They are in fact people that live in every neighborhood, are educated or uneducated.”

Hamlin said her four children, now ages 15, 17, 21 and 25, also suffered.

“We all lived in the home the physical abuse was directed at me. I tried to keep him focused on me so I could protect the kids. The children were victims as well,” she said. “I didn’t want what my family lived through to be swept under the rug and not talked about.

It’s important for victims to tell their stories.”

Hamlin volunteers for the Center for Violence Free Relationships and a portion of the proceeds from the book sales will be donated to the Center.

Hamlin is a graduate from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California and practiced Municipal law for many years. Susan helped create a Survivors Advisory Council and volunteers and speaks often for the Center for Violence-Free Relationships in El Dorado Hills.

Her story has been featured on the Discovery Channel in Canada and the United States, as well as ABC Primetime.

Hamlin serves as a board member for WIN (Women In Networking), volunteers for CASA as a Capital Leadership Founding member; is a member of the Board of the El Dorado County Bar Association, is on the Board for SPEAR, a teen suicide prevention for non-profit. For more information, contact