Beyond the Mirror
Welcome to Beyond the Mirror’s website

If there is to be peace in the world there must be peace in the home.
Violence in the home is everyone’s problem.
Each of us must be part of the solution.
We must do all that we can in the time that we have.

This site provides:
  • A free e-book of poetry on psychological abuse; (click on book cover below)
  • Information on unhealthy/abusive relationships;
  • How we can help as individuals and as communities.
Our mission is to work for peace in homes by distributing information about unhealthy/violent relationships; suggesting ways to help individuals in such relationships; and empowering and affirming victim/survivors.

About the Author
Marlene Jezierski, RN, BANauthor
Violence Prevention Educator
Author of Beyond the Mirror

Ms. Jezierski is a nationally recognized violence education consultant, educator, lecturer and author. She has spoken widely on the subject in the U.S. and New Zealand. A pioneer, she teaches health care professionals and community members on ways to respond to the problem of domestic violence through early intervention and support. She has written curricula for health care professionals, faith communities and preschool providers, developed screening tools, written patient education materials, and developed and delivered domestic violence training to health professionals, fire departments, emergency responders, faith community members, pre-school caregivers and community members. She developed groundbreaking domestic violence educator courses and courses on the impact of domestic violence on children and continues to expand these materials, while mentoring countless health care professionals, church groups, preschool providers and community and legislative leaders on this vital public health issue.

She has written numerous definitive articles on the various aspects of domestic and family violence for various publications including the Journal of Emergency Nursing (JEN). She also served as associate editor and member of the JEN Editorial Board for several years. In 2002, Senator Paul Wellstone asked her to testify on the impact of domestic violence on women’s health before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension sub-committee in Washington, D.C. Retired from nursing, she remains active in community and faith-based groups working for peace in the home.

Over the years, she has received several awards:
  • Excellence in Med-Surg Nursing, 1960
  • Award of Appreciation from the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing, 1983
  • Deanna Earl Award from the Greater Twin Cities Emergency Nurses Association, 1998
  • Journal Cover Award from the Journal of Emergency Nursing, 1989
  • Mary Piner Award from Minnesota Emergency Nurses Association, 1990
  • Nightingale Award from Metropolitan State University, (St. Paul, MN), 1991
  • Honoree at Medica’s “Speaking of Women’s Health” conference, Minneapolis, MN 2003
  • Public Health Recognition Award from the Anoka County Board of Commissioners, (MN), 2006
  • Spirit of Peace award from Partners for Violence Prevention (St. Paul, MN), 2007
  • Changemaker Award, 2009, bestowed by the Minnesota Women's Press to individuals who promote greater equality, justice and self-determination for women or girls in their community, state, nation or around the globe.