I Am Not Your Victim: Anatomy of Domestic Violence

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Detailing the domestic violence suffered by the first author during her 16 year marriage, this moving volume details the background and events leading up to and immediately following Beth Sipe's tragic act of desperation: ending the life of the perpetrator.

Encouraged to publish her story by her therapist and co-author, Evelyn Hall, Sipe relates how her case was mishandled by the police, the military, a mental health professional and the welfare system, illustrating how women like herself are further victimized and neglected by the very systems that are expected to provide assistance. Her story is followed by seven commentaries by experts in the field. They discuss the causes and process of spousal abuse, reasons why battered women stay, and the dynamic consequences of domestic violence.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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In this first volume of a new series, Sipe, a victim of domestic violence who killed her abusive husband in self defense, details the events leading up to the shooting, and her experiences with the police, the military, the mental health, and the welfare systems. Includes commentary by experts in the field on the causes and processes of spousal abuse, plus b&w photos. For students and professionals in social work and counseling, as well as general readers. Paper edition (unseen), $23.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Beth Sipe is a formerly battered woman who is now a survivor. After sixteen years of abuse, she left her violent husband, only to be more severely harassed and threatened when she became independent. The mother of three adult children, she has reclaimed her identity and lives a quiet, productive life.

Evelyn J. Hall, Ph.D., was a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice for fourteen years. She served as Clinical Supervisor of the Counseling Office for Temporary Assistance for Domestic Crisis (TADC), a program dealing specifically with domestic violence. A guest speaker for various national and local groups, she taught continuing education classes at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, such as Women and Violence and Families in Crisis. Dr. Hall is now retired.

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Table of Contents

Prologue - Evelyn J Hall
PART ONE: BETH'S STORY
A Fine Romance
And Baby Makes Four
No White Picket Fence
Lord and Master of the House
Going Home Again
And Baby Makes Five
Rocky Mountain Lows
A House in Glitter Gulch
Rolling the Dice
A No-Win Result
Go Directly to Jail
Presumed Guilty
My Cup Overflows
The First Rainbow
The Second Rainbow
The Sun Comes Out to Stay
Afterword
PART TWO: COMMENTARIES
The Counselor's Perspective - Evelyn J Hall
The Lawyer's Perspective - William H Smith
The Fatal Flaw - Susan L Miller
Inadequacies in Social Support and Criminal Justice Responses
Rule-Making and Enforcement/Rule-Compliance and Resistance - Barbara J Hart
Beth Sipe and the Health Care System - Jacquelyn C Campbell
'Let's Get Out, I Can't Stand It Here Anymore' - Jeffrey L Edleson
Reflections on Our Work with Battered Women - Deborah D Tucker

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