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.

Going Home Again

Going home again

It was early November as we left Utah and headed for Blytheville, Arkansas. Already the snow and sleet had started, and miserable weather followed us all the way. At that time, our animal menagerie included one turtle, one rabbit, two gerbils, two finches, two dogs, and one cat. This drive was like most other trips with Sam; he was angry, complaining all the way. But I clung to the hope that things would be better once we got to Blytheville. At least, I'd be near my family.

At first, we stayed with my parents in Steele, Missouri, and I insisted we pay expenses while we lived there. Sam didn't want to live in base housing, but as hard as I searched, ...

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