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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1 edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042523889X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425238899
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lundy Bancroft has spent the last 15 years of his career specializing in abusive men. The author of articles in medical journals and professional books, he is the former co-director of Emerge, the nation's first program for abusive men. Now he trains various non- profit and state and judicial agencies in working with domestic abuse.
JAC Patrissi is the founder and former director of the Vermont Victim Assistance Academy. She facilitates the Growing a New Heart Retreat series for women healing from destructive relationships.

More About the Author

Lundy Bancroft has spent the last fifteen years of his career specializing in domestic abuse and the behavior of abusive men and is considered one of the world's experts on the subject. He is the author of The Batterer as Parent and several journal articles on abuse that have appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine and The Journal of Contemporary Psychology. The former co-director at Emerge, the nation's first program for abusive men, Bancroft now practices in Massachusetts while training various state and judicial agencies in dealing with domestic abuse situations.

Customer Reviews

This book was very, very helpful to me.
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This book will lovingly guide you through the steps to address your partner's destructive behavior in a healthy and safe way.
Advocate
This book can help you reclaim your sense of self, find clarity, and make decisions.
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120 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Advocate on February 26, 2012
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Most women in destructive relationships know when the relationship is over. Choosing to leave is not the same thing as knowing it's over. The reasons that women stay with destructive partners after it's over generally fall into three categories. The first category is economics. Sometimes it's better to live with a destructive man than to be homeless and poor. The second category is magical thinking. This comes in multiple flavors. One form of magical thinking is the belief that God is going to swoop in and change this man's behaviors and attitudes through no work, no struggle, and no time lapse. He's just going to wake up one day and realize he truly has treated you poorly. All of his apologies will now have meaning and he'll start treating you better. Another form of magical thinking is the belief that one day a large truck is going to ram the back of his car and kill him and all your troubles will be over. Some other flavors somewhere in between those two exist. The third category is that somewhere inside, even if it is only .01%, the woman believes that there is some hope. She is going to stay in the relationship until the hope factor goes down to zero percent. She is going to make valiant efforts to make the relationship work because of that tiny piece of hope.

If you are a woman who knows your destructive relationship is over, but you feel unable to determine if you should leave or not, this book will help. Most likely, you don't need help realizing the relationship is destructive and you don't really need help knowing how to leave. (If you want to explore all the ways that your partner is destructive, then this book will help you sort out your partner's types of destructive behavior.
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117 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Sweet Sue on August 6, 2012
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I am a strong minded, educated, self-supporting woman. I was blinded by what I thought was "a deep and abiding love" for my charming, magnetic, brilliant, handsome husband who, in the eyes of most of our friends and family, is a sexy, entertaining charmer. A great provider, husband and father. I found this compassionate, insightful book an emotional life saver in the toxic pond of mental abuse I know I MUST NOW emerge from.

After 27 years of searching for a solution to my marriage problems, I finally found the help I needed to make sense of my own behavior and to give up trying to get him to be different. The insights I gained are tremendous. The book helped me see that his suggestion that I "approach him properly" was a hook that led to the bottom of the pond. When defending myself strongly against his unreasonable jealousy, his unfair demands, domestic underfunctioning, distortions and lies did NOT make me guilty of abusing him, as he so vehemently claimed. How his running me in verbal circles and blaming me for running him in circles was just a tactic to exhaust me. I needed and appreciated much needed empathy for how and why I didnt just simply "jump out" and leave.

It helped me understand why I was able to tolerate a final year of angry explosions, open raging, infidelity and systematic social humiliation. It helped me understand and cope with my failure to get support from friends and family. It encouraged me to try with family and friends in a different way. When I finally had an emotional break, I took myself to a local office of HAWC, completely beside myself. Me? Asking for help and support from woman's help center? I make donations to that charity.

They lent me Lundy Bancroft's book Why Does He Do That? That led me to this book.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By MsJoie on November 7, 2011
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In my opinion, Lundy Bancroft is the most perceptive and useful author on verbally/emotionally abusive relationships to date. (And I've probably read about 20 books on this topic by now.) In Bancroft's earlier book, "Why Does He DO That?" he set the bar on establishing insight into abusive relationships. This book serves as an unofficial follow-up book, or a "how to" for women who are contemplating what they should do about their abusive relationship. Like his first book, "Should I Stay or Should I Go" is equally insightful--but in a different way. His earlier book was insightful about why abusers are the way they are; this book is insightful in terms of guiding an abused person to see new sides to herself and to assess her relationship in a very structured fashion. This is more of a workbook. It enables the woman to determine what she needs in life and aids her in determining whether it makes sense to try to have her needs met through her current relationship. This book can't make any of the decisions for you, but it is a great asset to have for your journey. I espeically appreciated the supportive tone throughout this book -- the authors honestly seem to be personal advocates of the reader, and offer only constructive input to her. If you are currently in an abusive relationship and need to make some decisions about it, I highly recommend this book. And, if you haven't already read "Why Does He DO That?" I recommend reading that, too. (If time is not an issue, I'd read "Why Does He DO That? first, and then work through Should I Stay or Should I Go?)
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