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.

Go Directly to Jail

Go directly to jail

We went back to the apartment in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 10. Paula, a neighbor from another apartment, stayed with me a couple of hours. As we entered, I noticed some empty plastic containers from an IV starter kit scattered on the floor. I hurriedly picked them up so that Daniel wouldn't see them. I didn't see any blood, but the bullet holes in the walls were obvious. Later I found electrical tape covering a bullet's damage to the cord on my microwave oven.

I put Daniel to bed without telling him Sam was dead. I wanted him to sleep if he could, and I hoped that James would come home so that I could tell ...

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