Designed for facilitators of groups for physically, emotionally and sexually abused women, this volume examines a programme that focuses on the woman herself and her power to change the course of her life. The book is based on the accumulated experience of the authors and their continuing evaluation of groups they have facilitated over the past eight years. Both material for clients and easy-to-follow scripts for group leaders are included. Educational rather than therapeutic, the programme includes sessions on family roles, boundaries, feelings and assertiveness skills. It is designed to enable abused women to: understand the problem and reality of abuse for the entire family; set realistic goals; become aware of lifelong

Family Roles and Abuse: Why is it so Hard to Leave?

Family roles and abuse: Why is it so hard to leave?

Session II Text

When there is Abuse, what is whose Problem?

The Abuser

Abuse is solely the responsibility and problem of the abuser. It affects the entire family. A man has the right to be angry if his partner does not do her share of household responsibilities, is always late, breaks agreed-on commitments, or is sleeping with every man in the county. He has the right to complain, to suggest couple counseling, to leave her, or to ask for a divorce. HE NEVER HAS THE RIGHT TO HIT HER, DEMEAN HER, OR ABUSE HER IN ANY FASHION. Alcohol or other drugs may be involved in the abuse, ...

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