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Ever wondered why battered women stay with their abusive partners? Freelance Journalist Lisa Oliver knows what it is like to be one of those women who stayed longer than was healthy. She spent ten years of her life married firstly to a chronic alcoholic and then next to an extremely controlling man who spent the last six months of their marriage working out the most effective ways of killing her and getting away with it. Escaping only after this second husband had decided that the jail time for murder was worth it after all Lisa went on to rebuild her life for herself and her three children. However she has never forgotten the lessons she learnt during her time as a domestic abuse victim, and one of her main goals in life now has been to try and explain to the rest of society why a seemingly intelligent and competent woman can end up enduring all forms of abuse from her intimate partner, without leaving. Her attempt at explaining this complex issue has resulted in her self-published book Invisible Bars: Why women don’t leave. Written with a wide audience in mind Lisa mingles personal anecdotes with researched facts as she discusses first her response as a survivor to the concept of Battered Women’s Syndrome and then in the second part of the book the myriad of reasons that women may have for staying with their abusive partner. Ranging from personal to social to financial reasons Lisa uses the framework suggested by Women’s Refuge as to why women find it difficult to make the break that could save their life. And therein lies the true reason behind the book because women are still being killed by their partners, and to date there is no effective way of reaching those women so that they can take advantage of the resources that the government has put in place for victims of domestic violence. The third section of the book suggests tips for helping a victim of domestic abuse to leave her situation, without taking away any self-esteem or self-confidence from the victim themselves. Finally there is a resource section that includes questionnaires for women who are concerned they might be in an unhealthy relationship.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M148252919X