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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.
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
My Cup Overflows
The First Rainbow
The Second Rainbow
The Sun Comes Out to Stay
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
Posted August 27, 2010
I read this book for a class and was not looking forward to reading an additional book for the class. However, once I started reading it I could not put the book down. This book made me feel exactly what the Beht felt, it was so real! I think this book motivates people to try to help victims of domestic violence and become pro-active to create domestic violence prevention programs and awareness. I honestly have a new perspective thanks to this book not only on a personal level but professional perspective as well. I thank Beth for sharing her experiences and really open my eyes and I'm sure through her book she can help someone to built the courage to make a change in their life. I refered this book to friends and they have also been moved as well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 8, 2006
I read this book about a year ago for a class and I absolutely recommend this book to anyone. This book made me look at domestic violence with different eyes. I now fully understand why some women stay in violent relationships even though many might be saying 'JUST LEAVE!' This book made me realize it is not always that easy. This book teaches you why you should never judge a person for their choices, because you truly do not understand until you have walked in that individual's shoes. This is a must read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 17, 2002
I recently had the honor of seeing Ms. Beth Sipe speak at Cal State Fullerton. She discussed her book and the rise of Domestic Violence in today's military and general populous. She was profesional, informative, and a strong voice against domestic violence. I would recommend this book to anybody interested in a grand tale of human survival.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.