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A Safe Place for Women: How to Survive Domestic Abuse and Create a Successful Future
     

A Safe Place for Women: How to Survive Domestic Abuse and Create a Successful Future

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by Kelly White
 

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As a young wife and mother, Kelly White experienced violence and terror at the hands of her husband. She knows firsthand the love-hate relationships women often have with their abusers and the devastating effects these feelings can have on independence and self-confidence. She has sought refuge in a women's shelter, worked to obtain help from law enforcement and

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As a young wife and mother, Kelly White experienced violence and terror at the hands of her husband. She knows firsthand the love-hate relationships women often have with their abusers and the devastating effects these feelings can have on independence and self-confidence. She has sought refuge in a women's shelter, worked to obtain help from law enforcement and struggled financially and emotionally as a single mother and sole breadwinner.

Twenty-five years later, as the leader of nationally recognized programs for battered women, she has helped thousands of women and children rebuild their lives. White's own story, and those of other women who have survived and thrived, are related here. She also provides practical tools for abused women and the friends, family and professionals who seek to help them. You learn to:

recognize dangerous red flags and break through denial

use the legal, law-enforcement and organizational resources available in your community

overcome fear and stress to build a new life

discover the ways in which you are more powerful, competent and capable than you thought

White includes important information on the impact of domestic violence on children, the role of drugs and alcohol in abuse, violence against people with disabilities and battering in the lesbian/gay/ bisexual/transgendered communities. While violence against women is not a thing of the past, using this resource can help battered women make it a part of their pasts - and create a safe and fulfilling future for themselves and their children.

Editorial Reviews

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Kelly "used her experiences to help countless others escape the pain she once knew...This is a story of America at its best." — Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of U.S. President Lyndon Johnson and his wife, Ladybird.

"...This book should be required reading for all board members of domestic-violence shelters." — Julia Spann, Executive Director of SafePlace

"Kelly White's unique perspective as a survivor, activist, and service provider gives her readers a complex portrait of dreams gone awry and resilience in the face of hardship..." — Sunny Fischer, Co-founder of the Chicago Foundation for Women and antiviolence activist

"...a compelling and heroic personal and professional account of survivorship and triumph. Her insights into the impact of trauma and the resolve that exist deeply within humans are brilliant..." — Noel Bridget Busch-Armendariz, PhD, LMSW, MPA, Associate Professor and Director, School of Social Work, Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

"...This book is well-written and informative. It is also heartfelt and persuasive..." — ForeWord Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897935272
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/11/2011
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,228,429
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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A Safe Place for Women: How to Survive Domestic Abuse and Create a Successful Future 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kelly White is not the stereotypical battered wife. She's educated, self-sufficient, middle-class, with a non-abusive background. But she was the victim of domestic violence, as are countless other women who do not fit the profile of those at high risk. Because of her education and ability to support herself -- and an indomitable spirit -- she was able to get herself out of the abusive situation and has spent 25 years working to help other abused women, most of it as executive director of Austin's SafePlace. Ms White reviews and integrates an amazing amount of research about abuse, identifies the difficulties and trends, and proposes directions and solutions for this very real problem. General statements and conclusions are reinforced by liberal examples from her own life, her experiences (and mistakes) working in women's shelters, and the stories of many other women with whom she has had personal contact. The result is a very readable, well-organized book which is fascinating as well as appalling. This is a book which should be read by everyone who works with women or children. The greater awareness which can be gained from this book may very well result in much needed assistance for abused women, children and even men.