I Am Not Your Victim vividly details the evolution of domestic violence during the 16-year marriage of author Beth Sipe. Encouraged to publish her story by her therapist and co-author, Evelyn J. Hall, Beth relates the background and events leading up to and immediately following the tragic act of desperation that ended the life of her sadistic perpetrator. Beth's subsequent mishandling by the police, the military, a mental health professional, and the welfare system illustrates how women like Beth face further revictimization and neglect by the very systems that should provide support and assistance. Insightful commentaries written by experts in the field follow Beth's story and deepen readers' understanding of the causes and process of spousal abuse, why battered women stay, and the dynamic consequences of domestic violence. This updated edition includes new commentaries and an epilogue that tracks what happened to Beth in the years following the book's publication.

A No-Win Result

A no-win result

The next weekend would be Easter, and I expected a hassle from Sam about taking the boys. But, no, he surprised me by announcing he was going to Mina to visit his family over the weekend, and he never mentioned taking the boys along. Something about his trip plans did not ring true to me. “What is he up to now?” I wondered. When I called my attorney to report how Sam had acted Tuesday night, I also told her that some friends had invited me to bring the boys out to their country home for the Easter weekend. She encouraged me to go and to tell Sam I would be out of town. I decided to go, knowing I ...

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