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ISBN-13: 978-1884244278 ISBN-10: 1884244270

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Battered women will find this book life-affirming. All readers will find it informative, well-written, and even riveting. -- Andy Klein, Columnist, National Bulletin on Domestic Violence Prevention

This book will save lives. Everyone knows someone who needs to read this important book. -- Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, Author, Kitchen Table Wisdom, My Grandfather’s Blessings

Weiss finds that breaking isolation is the key to leaving, only she calls it "escaping". A must read! -- Joan Zorza, Esq., Editor, Domestic Violence Report and Sexual Assault Report

From the Publisher

It is with pride that Volcano Press is publishing Elaine Weiss. Her books demonstrate the great advances in the struggle against family violence that have taken place since we first published BATTERED WIVES in the early 1970s.

In those early days, a handful of feminists, scattered across the United States, were creating shelters for battered women--without funding, without community understanding, against great odds. It was and still is a historic movement.

Today, we have the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which established an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition, there are many state domestic violence coalitions and a myriad of local and national programs to support battered women.

And, as author Elaine Weiss says, "Most abused women are not passive victims. They show enormous strength, both while they are within the relationship, and as they work to extricate themselves. One proof of this strength is the huge number who ultimately manage to break free and go on with their lives. They do not wait to be rescued. They rescue themselves. They are resourceful. They fight back. They take care of themselves, and often of their children."

We thank Elaine for giving voices to these women.

Ruth Gottstein, Publisher
Adam Gottstein, Associate Publisher
Volcano Press

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Volcano Press (February 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884244270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884244278
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Tuttle on August 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
Elaine, I want to thank you for writing this book. I purchased it through Amazon.com about a month ago and it's the best book I've yet to read on Domestic Violence. It is encouraging and supporting. More than any book I've read before on the subject. Oh, sure, other books are good and validating. They describe the issue - the Battered Women's Syndrome and all the things that I needed to learn then. When I was deciding what it was I was in, during my marriage. But now that I'm out (going on 2 years since I filed for divorce and still not divorced), I needed encouragement that I can do it! There IS life after DV! I can be "me" again and get the person I used to be - back!!! Thank you so much for your book. I saw myself in almost every person's story you wrote about. We are all survivors! We are all extremely brave! Thanks again - from the bottom of my heart. Stay safe. God Bless You, Nancy
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Judy Van on May 10, 2000
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I have read almost every book published on this topic and find this one to be outstanding. As an advocate for domestic abuse survivors ,I hear similar stories everyday. I am humbled by their courage. Thank you Dr. Weiss. I plan to share your book with my Women's Support Group tonight.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ms_Jade_Li on March 5, 2006
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It's been going on 12 years since I escaped my abuser. I'm back to school now, working on a social work degree. I want to help others in ways I wanted to be helped back then. While researching material for a research paper on domestic violence I happened across this book. It came to me, along with several others, from the library, borrowed for research.

From the moment I picked it up and sat down with the purpose to skim it for relevant data on a Friday night, until late Sunday night, when I finished it, I was riveted with the stories of the women who were told within the pages. I couldn't just skim with this book. I had to read every page of it, allowing it to dig up memories within myself that had been forcefully buried years ago.

Dr. Weiss does an extraordinary job in telling the stories of these women without any "props" to make their reality any better or worse than what it was. I like the way she begins with her own story in the beginning and then, when telling the others', she uses examples from her relationship with her ex husband to emphasize just how much she identifies with the brave and courageous women who found often ingenious ways to escape from the oppression of their batterers.

Dr. Weiss has the sensitivity and the writing skills to be able to articulate the often subtle aspects of domestic violence. She helps those readers who may not have been victims but who want to learn more about domestic violence to see that it is much more than about blatant physical battering.

I want to thank Dr. Weiss for writing the book and honoring the lives of the women who are in it. I want to thank the women whose stories are told for being shining beacons to those who might read them and gather hope and strength from them.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Zelazek on February 7, 2000
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I work in an industry where I see lots of staff members in domestic violence situations. This book shows the strategies and strength needed by women to get out of these situations. I will be using this book at work. For me, it answered a lot of questions about how women can leave, and why they don't leave (when others think they should). Well written and thoughtful book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 2000
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I read about this book in our local newspaper and ordered a copy the same day. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Elaine Weiss masterfully interviews each woman and interprets her situation with thoughtful candor. As a domestic violence survivor, this book was painful for me to read, but it reaffirmed for me that I made the right choice by leaving. This book was so well written and so compelling. I feel it is quite possibly the most "usable" book I have ever read on the subject of domestic violence. I highly recommend it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris on December 8, 1999
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Elaine Weiss' powerful compilation of stories of women who left abusive relationships is a book that all who care for those women will want to read. As a gynecologist who has many abuse survivors in my practice (all physicians do, whether they know it or not), I found myself moved, inspired, and re-committed to screening for abuse as I read these accounts of good women who found a way to leave bad relationships and thrive afterwards. Women who may be in similarly pain-filled relationships will be heartened and encouraged by these ordinary yet extraordinary survivors' tales. I will be donating copies of this book to my local shelter for battered women, and to other community resources who can provide help to women in violent relationships, no matter whether they need to stay for the present, are in the process of leaving, or have left and are getting on with their lives. This is not a book to enjoy; it is a book to learn from and talk about and use as a resource in case, just in case, someone turns to you some day for support in leaving - and surviving - a violent relationship.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 12, 2000
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As an advocate in the battered women's movement for almost 12 years and a survivor myself I was very impressed by this book. Dr. Weiss does an excellent job of showing that leaving an abusive relationship is not about just walking out the door, it can be a very difficult and long process. The stories of the women were very powerful and hopeful. I am recommending this book to colleagues, advocates and women that are getting services from our program.
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