Next Time She'll Be Dead: Battering and How to Stop It / Edition 1 available in Paperback
This revised and updated edition of "the most critically acclaimed book" (Publishers Weekly) on domestic violence includes new information on the effect of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, examines resources on the Internet, and details what you can do to help stop battering.
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Ann Jones is author of the international best-seller Women Who Kill and coauthor of When Love Goes Wrong.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was an extremely difficult read for me as I come from a family that was much victemized by a violent, neglectful father. I usually underline things as I read, to emphasize ideas or view points that I consider especially truthful or important; I soon gave up underlining as I read this book, realizing that I would end up under-lining every word in it. The author is right on target. If I could I would make this required reading for every highschool girl; it might be some antidote for the sappy, sentimental, fairy-tale image of marriage that is hammered into girls heads. It would also wake them up from the delusion that women's right are all set and in place.
Next Time She'll be dead: Battering & How to Stop it by Ann Jones is a book of painful and strong feelings. The topic of the book is dangerous and the book itself is an excellent testimony for persuading you that things need to change. She explains her case and forces you to understand the horrible truth. For hundreds of years women have been beaten, raped, and some even killed. Women have had to deal with disgusting, drunken, and abusive boyfriends and husbands for hundreds of years. There has never been a group so big that has been so put down, shut down, silenced, or robbed of freedoms than women; and they have only just begun to make progress. The only group that can relate so closely is African Americans who have been enslaved for hundreds of years and they are making the change too. She uses many examples to show how women have been put down and even uses small examples form her own life of how she was abused. Her strongest and most encouraging case is that of Tracey Thurman. Tracey suffered a violet marriage. One night her husband came home drunk and began to beat her. The police were called but upon arrival the cop did nothing. The cop only proceeded to stop her husband when the ambulance came and the husband tried to beat her one more time before she left. Tracey sued the police for their lack of help and held them responsible for her being partial paralyzed. Women have been hurt all around the world and they are crying for help. She also explains how people who know can help and learn and even teach about how it happens and how to stop it. The time has come she says. The time of beating women ends here. I recommend this book for anyone who is looking for proof that women have unequal rights and is looking to stop men from hurting and defiling women.
I found this book to be informative but only mildly interesting. It is well written and displays an obvious well-rounded knowledge on the topic of domestic violence, but it is written more as reference material than as a novel. The author does however give a detailed history which links her to her topic and gives the reader a chance to understand where she is coming from, however most of the rest of the book reads mostly like a feminist tome. I felt the stories given as examples of violence were the most interesting portions of the book, I also felt they gave, by far, a better case towards stopping violence than the rest of the book as a whole. The values taught are valid and most of the suggestions given seem to be feasible. Overall I felt the book was worth the read and gave a decent perspective on the overall state of violence within our country. The book as a whole was a rather long read and the style of writing took some getting used to, it seemed to drag at certain points and hardly qualified as a page turner, for me at least. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to gain insight and knowledge on the topic of violence against women or in the home, but would not advise those looking for a novel to pick it up.