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Divorce Conversations for Women

Jul 1, 2022

Today’s episode tackles the difficult subject of Coercive Control and the various ways your spouse could be controlling you. Rhonda and Lisa discuss some trends and offer suggestions on how to set boundaries and fight back. 

About today’s guest: 


Lisa Fontes, PhD, is an internationally known expert on child abuse, intimate partner abuse, and sexual violence. As a researcher, activist, expert witness, and author, she works to protect the most vulnerable people from violence.

She has written many journal articles and the books:

  • Invisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationship,
  • Interviewing Clients Across Cultures
  • Child Abuse and Culture: Working with Diverse Families

She is a Senior Lecturer II at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. She has worked as a family, individual, and group psychotherapist. She has conducted research in Santiago, Chile, and with diverse people in the United States. 

Dr. Fontes is a popular conference speaker and workshop facilitator, and blogs for publications including and

Connect with Lisa:






Buy her latest book: Invisible Chains

Your host is Rhonda Noordyk, CFEI, CDFA®, CEO of The Women’s Financial Wellness Center


Rhonda has dedicated her career to being an advocate for women and educating them on how financial strategies can impact their personal and professional success. Her work has shown women going through a divorce how to have a voice, be assertive, get results, be driven, and move forward with confidence. 


For Rhonda and her company, the Women’s Financial Wellness Center, helping women isn’t just about running the numbers. It’s about asking the right questions, demystifying myths and biases around finances, and helping women walk in their power. Rhonda is passionate about helping her clients navigate a broken system and level the playing field so they can achieve success—pre, during, and post-divorce. 


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