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.

And Baby Makes Five

And baby makes five

During the move to Langley Air Force Base in Virginia (May 1976), I had terrible uterine cramps with spotting. Sam had found a place off base in Hampton, a few miles from Norfolk. It was miserable. No air conditioning, high humidity, and constant salt spray from a polluted inland bay. Once there, Sam ignored my physical condition and insisted I help him unload the U-Haul. It was also up to me to unpack everything and maintain the usual routine for the family. Several times I asked Sam to carry in some boxes from the garage so I could unpack, but it was always, “in a minute, in a minute, in a minute.” If I pressed him, he'd get ...

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