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.

The First Rainbow

The first rainbow

The next morning Evelyn took me to breakfast, then to my house, where Sarah met us. Larry, Debra's husband, walked over to explain that he had parked his truck in my driveway to make the house look lived in. I felt relieved and grateful that maybe we were still friends, although I still didn't know that Helen had lied to Debra about keeping Daniel. We unloaded my belongings, then Evelyn left for work, promising to call me later once my phone was fixed.

Sarah took me to pick up my car at the Armstrongs, but it had two flat tires from just sitting for almost a month. I arranged to get the tires fixed; then Sarah and I went to the ...

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