Healing Well and Living Free from an Abusive Relationship: From Victim to Survivor to Overcomer

Healing Well and Living Free from an Abusive Relationship: From Victim to Survivor to Overcomer

Healing Well and Living Free from an Abusive Relationship: From Victim to Survivor to Overcomer

Healing Well and Living Free from an Abusive Relationship: From Victim to Survivor to Overcomer


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One out of every four women in the United States will experience some form of domestic violence or abuse in her lifetime. Through Dr. Ramona Probasco's own powerful personal story of coming out of an abusive relationship, along with her twenty years of experience as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she takes readers through a proven, step-by-step process for moving from victim to survivor to overcomer. With genuine empathy, she encourages the reader to call it what it is, understand the mindset of the abuser, break the cycle of violence, recognize what forgiveness is and is not, find a healthy support system, and more. Each chapter ends with a simple, heartfelt prayer, Scriptural promises readers can apply to their situation, and questions for further reflection. Readers are encouraged to go through the book individually, with a counselor, or as part of a support group.

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of race, education, socioeconomic status, or culture. But it does not have to be the end of the story. Healing well and living free are within reach.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800729653
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dr. Ramona Probasco holds a Doctorate in Psychology and has conducted extensive research in the area of domestic abuse. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist, a Certified Domestic Violence Counselor, and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She has been in private practice for more than twenty years. Dr. Ramona is an expert, sought-after speaker on domestic abuse and how to heal well from the trauma it causes. As a personal overcomer of domestic abuse, she offers guidance and insight to others based upon both her clinical expertise and her own experience. Dr. Ramona lives and works in southern California.

Table of Contents

Foreword 13

Preface 15

Introduction: Something Broke Inside Me 19

1 My Story 23

2 Breaking the Silence 37

3 Call It What It Is … Abuse 46

4 Why the Pain Outlasts the Bruises 56

5 Can a Band-Aid Heal a Broken Heart? 66

6 I Tried So Hard and Got So Little 75

7 Take an Honest Look at Yourself, Your Life, and Your Choices 87

8 Where Is God When I Hurt? 97

9 Do I Stay or Do I Go? 113

10 I'm Out, but I Still Feel Stuck 133

11 Forgiveness Frees … You! 140

12 Your Gut Is Your Guide 164

13 Community-Your Citadel of Choice 173

14 Free to Live, Really Live Again 185

15 Free to Love, Really Love Again 200

Healing Well and Living Free: A Guide for Overcomers 223

Appendix A Abuse Evaluation Form 227

Appendix B Safety Plans 233

Appendix C Flotlines and Resources 237

Appendix D Types of Abuse 242

Appendix E Cycle of Abuse 245

Appendix F Reasons You May Remain in an Abusive Relationship 247

Appendix G Reasons You May Leave an Abusive Relationship 249

Appendix H Why Abusers Don't Change 251

Appendix I Clear Signs an Abuser Has Changed 252

Appendix J Clear Signs an Abuser Has Not Changed 254

Appendix K Biblical Perspectives on Abuse and Divorce 255

Appendix L Maneuvers an Abuser Uses to Keep You from Leaving 261

Appendix M Danger Signs an Abuser May Turn Violent When You Attempt to Leave 263

Appendix N Healthy Anger 265

Appendix O Red Flags 267

Appendix P Signs of a Bad Dating Choice 269

Appendix Q Early Signs of Abuse 271

Appendix R Healthy versus Unhealthy Relationships 273

Notes 275

Acknowledgments 277

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