When A Woman You Love Was Abused

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 80 percent of childhood abuse victims later suffer from at least one abuse-induced psychological disorder. It?s proven that the effects of childhood abuse follow women into adulthood. Yet few men are prepared to deal with those effects, even when their own wife is the one who is suffering. And their wife?s suffering becomes their own suffering as their needs aren?t being met by a wife who is powerless to control her ...
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 80 percent of childhood abuse victims later suffer from at least one abuse-induced psychological disorder. It’s proven that the effects of childhood abuse follow women into adulthood. Yet few men are prepared to deal with those effects, even when their own wife is the one who is suffering. And their wife’s suffering becomes their own suffering as their needs aren’t being met by a wife who is powerless to control her inner turmoil.

Author, pastor, and survivor Dawn Scott Jones candidly shares her own abuse experience to help husbands understand the varied emotions, fears, distorted thoughts, and triggers that hold their wives captive. In practical and accessible language, Jones explains the stages of the healing journey (processing denial, asking for help, grieving, expressing anger, learning to forgive, and finding resolution). Building on that knowledge, Jones then moves to an honest discussion of what husbands can do to help. Whether it’s creating a healing environment, understanding the need for control, building trust, or even just praying for healing, a husband plays an active role in helping his wife survive and thrive despite her past abuse.

Offering hope for a healthy marriage relationship, When a Woman You Love Was Abused answers the questions men have and offers the advice they need to help their wives finally find peace.

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Abuse survivor and minister Jones (Resurrection Life Church) writes about the experience of overcoming childhood abuse for spouses who want to understand and support partners navigating the healing process. The book takes the same approach as Cecil Murphey's When a Man You Love Was Abused, offering insight into the survivor's thoughts and feelings and assuring spouses that they are not alone in what may be a bewildering and painful journey. Jones's writing is strongest in her stories of her personal experiences and those of other survivors she has known. The book offers helpful guidance but should not be mistaken for professional psychological advice. Jones writes primarily for heterosexual married couples of Christian faith and does not address other types of relationships. VERDICT This book will benefit men watching the woman they love grapple with her past, giving them some idea of what to expect during this process and how to deal with the changes that will occur.—Rachel Hoover, Thomas Ford Memorial Lib., Mount Prospect, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825429750
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 517,942
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dawn Scott Jones is a survivor who has been sharing her testimony for more than twenty years. Her past challenges have deepened and enriched her ministry, enabling her to truly understand and relate to what others are going through. Dawn is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and has served in a variety of leadership and ministry roles. A national speaker, consultant, and the creator of numerous audio teaching products, Dawn lives in Michigan.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Cecil Murphey 9

Introduction: She Needs You 11

Part 1 Understanding the Survivor

1 Her Story Is Unique 19

2 When Innocence Is Stolen 25

3 The Circumstances Surrounding Her Childhood Abuse 31

4 Emotions and the Beginning of Healing 40

5 The Emotional Carnage of Shame, Guilt, and Fear 46

6 Beyond Emotions, from Loneliness to Depression 51

7 How Her Memories Surface 56

8 Messages She Hears, Lies She Believes 63

9 Her Distorted Self-Image 70

10 God and Her Abuse 80

11 Sexual Intimacy 85

12 Her Inner Child 91

Part 2 Understanding the Healing Process

13 Healing Stages 99

14 Denying the Truth 102

15 Deciding to Heal 105

16 Surviving Crisis 108

17 Remembering 112

18 Choosing to Tell 114

19 Releasing Responsibility 120

20 Finding the Inner Child 122

21 Grieving Loss 125

22 Expressing Anger 135

23 Forgiving 137

24 Resolving the Conflict 144

Part 3 How You Can Help

25 Fostering a Healing Environment 151

26 Understanding Her Need to Control 162

27 Building Trust in Sexual Intimacy 168

28 Praying for Her 176

29 She Needs You 178

30 And What About You? 185

31 Questions Men Have 192

32 Finding Peace 196

Epilogue 201

Acknowledgments 203

About the Author 205

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  • Posted December 23, 2013

    irst of all, I have never been abused (although my mom was abuse

    irst of all, I have never been abused (although my mom was abused as a child, but that is another story). The issue of child abuse is something that always angers me, and it is more prevalent than what most people realize. It is also not something that a woman can get over quickly. It is something that infiltrates so much of her life, and her husband is the one who may struggle more than anyone else.

    I am glad to see a book that is written to men to help their wives heal from abuse. The nice thing about the book is that it speaks to anyone--not just men. It addresses issues that will directly affect the man, but I think anyone who knows a woman who has been abused can benefit from this book. 

    I was pleased to see real stories, and the author herself even opened up. I think this book can also help people who are trying to counsel and help women through these awful, painful memories. Even I was enlightened as to why my mother was a peacemaker as I was growing up. That certainly caught my attention. And I also love that this book is told from a Christian viewpoint--very important!

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Posted September 19, 2012

    I am still always sickened by books that I read that involve chi

    I am still always sickened by books that I read that involve child abuse but I know that it has to be talked about so that perhaps one day, we won't have so many of these incidents come up. It is important for the victims to come forward and get justice! I have never had that problem, so I can't even begin to know what it is like, but I hope that if it had happened, that I would be strong enough to tell someone. When A Woman You Love Was Abused written by Dawn Scott Jones is a book that everyone needs to read in order to even begin to comprehend what it is like.

    The assumption that most people make, is that there should be a certain date or time frame when it is over. There is no magical date that anyone can give you. Each woman is different as night and day, so how can a date help anyone? It will take as long as it takes. And the spouse needs to know that. It will happen, given time, just don't push it or you could make things worse.

    In Dawn's story she is married over 27 years to the same man and I guess somewhere along the way, the abuse became a problem and instead of them both speaking about it and trying to resolve it, it looks like they both shut down. And of course, in the end, they did get divorced, which in itself was sad because after 27 years, it should have been the easiest thing to do. After all, they knew each other a long time. I am not sure if they were best friends, I did not get a grasp of that but it seemed like they or he took the easy way out.

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  • Posted September 19, 2012

    Very Informative!

    When a Woman You Love Was Abused was a tough book for me to read.

    However, I am glad Dawn Scott Jones wrote this book. There aren't many books written on the subject of helping the spouses of abuse survivors.

    The only other book I have read on this subject was The Haunted Marriage by Clark E. Barshinger, Ph.D., Lojan E. LaRowe, Ph.D. and Andres T. Tapia.

    I found When A Woman You Love Was Abused to be a more comprehensive guide to understand and help spouses as they undergo the healing process/recovery.

    I must write a disclaimer, however, to warn women or men who are survivors. Depending on where you are at in your recovery, I would use discretion and exercise caution in reading this book. There is graphic details which could trigger and/or upset you.

    Dawn Scott Jones is a survivor and does a great job in breaking down the sequence of healing throughout the various chapters in this book.

    There are three parts:

    Part 1. Understanding the Survivor

    Part 2. Understanding the Healing Process

    Part 3. How You (the Spouse) Can Help

    I found each part and chapter to be extremely helpful and full of good information to help inform and guide spouses of abuse survivors.

    I highly recommend this book to husband's who are married to survivors. This book will help husband's understand what their wives are going through and offer helpful suggestions.

    In conclusion, I want to thank Litfuse Publicity for sending me a complimentary copy of this book to review.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

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    Reviewed by Karen P. for Readers Favorite In "When a Woman

    Reviewed by Karen P. for Readers Favorite

    In "When a Woman You Love Was Abused" Dawn Jones has written a thought-provoking and up-front book of what it is like to be an abused child and what emotional problems may be faced by those trying to love the survivors of childhood sexual abuse. There is a clear and concise section related to the various forms of sexual abuse and then the emotional sequella of abuse is considered. The fact that sexually abused children grow up with a sense of shame and fear is an important factor in why they generally develop distorted self-images that will bring problem after problem in adulthood. One of the important sections in the book is that of trying to understand the importance of bringing abuse into the memory of the survivor so that it can be dealt with openly and in a healing environment. As the author points out, it is only in the telling that the healing can realistically occur.

    Ms. Jones uses her own personal abuse story to illustrate the many facets of abuse to the child and to the adult survivor. She vividly describes the cost to an intimate relationship should the abuse story remains hidden. One of the most helpful sections must surely be that of advice to husbands and/or loved ones. The "helpers" also need counsel and guidance as their self-images are bound to be tarnished because of the actions of the abused partner. This is a highly readable book for anyone who has survived and it is equally insightful for those choosing to help.

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

    Trying to reach out to the husbands of abused women, the author

    Trying to reach out to the husbands of abused women, the author draws on her own experiences and those of women she’s counseled. Of course, their wives will also benefit from reading about others like them and about how they may be trying to heal. The book is divided into sections which focus on the emotions, loneliness, and depression that survivors of sexual abuse feel, on the healing process, and on how husbands can help. I’ve never experienced abuse myself, but Scott Jones’ writing and advice seemed intuitive and balanced. As early as page 12, she cautions husbands that the journey will be exhausting and daunting. The author warns them that their struggling wives will turn to them…but might also turn on them.
    The experiences, the coping skills, the suppression of feelings, the memories and triggers… - there are so many aspects surrounding the consequences of the cruel crime that these women suffered through; Scott Jones discusses them all. I had to read and skim the chapter dealing with forgiveness a few times. It’s so incomprehensible to me that the victimizer should ever be forgiven. Yet, this is a step toward healing. Even God must be forgiven, and Bible quotes are used to illustrate the precedent for having the capacity to forgive such an evil. The book is well-written, heartfelt advice; however, even with excellent guidance, I wonder if many men would be able to support and break through the lack of trust and the hurt these women must feel. I hope so.
    Four Stars

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