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 Second Rainbow

The second rainbow

That same afternoon, October 6, the welfare worker called to inform me that James had been picked up in Denver and would be flown back to Vegas the next week. She went on to tell me that Daniel had been placed in a foster home and that all visitation would have to be arranged with the foster mother. Foster mother—the very words sent tremors through my body. “I'm losing my kids,” I thought. “Everything in my life is out of control.” In spite of assurances from Bill, Sarah, and Evelyn, I couldn't get rid of these terrifying thoughts.

That was pure torment for me. I was not allowed to have the phone number or location of the foster home. Thereafter, I ...

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