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During these harrowing times of social and economic turbulence, romantic relationships are often prone to issues of control and power plays between two partners. Perhaps one makes more money than the other, feels as though he or she does more around the house in terms of chores and duties or carries the emotional load of the relationship more than his or her partner. Otherwise resolvable problems such as these can be, in many cases, catalysts for a form of abuse that might not leave the victim with any visible cuts and bruises but is damaging and hurtful.
Catharine Dowda, M.Ed., LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice for over thirty years and holds a Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of North Carolina. A Victim Advocate/Law Enforcement Liaison as well as an instructor and frequent lecturer on domestic violence and victimization, she was the recipient of the United States Department of Justice "Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Dedication and Service on Behalf of Crime Victims" and selected "Outstanding Victim Advocate" by the North Carolina Victim Assistance Network. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Table of Contents
|What's Psychological Abuse All About?||p. 5|
|Why Psychological Abuse is Heartbreaking||p. 7|
|Power and Control Issues||p. 23|
|Why Psychological Abuse Occurs||p. 37|
|Why We Stay||p. 55|
|Needy Relationships||p. 57|
|Who Am I?||p. 71|
|Hope Springs||p. 85|
|He's Their Daddy/She's Their Mommy||p. 91|
|Religion, Marital Peace and Discord||p. 101|
|Money, Money, Money||p. 113|
|Secrets and Shame, Pride and Guilt||p. 121|
|Bad Boys and Girls||p. 127|
|Standing By Your Man||p. 141|
|Family Traditions||p. 147|
|But I Love My Partner||p. 157|
|Why We Leave||p. 167|
|The Last Straw||p. 169|
|Final Temptation||p. 173|
|Lost the Love||p. 181|
|Protecting Kids and Pets||p. 189|
|Psychological Torture||p. 195|
|Survival and Recovery||p. 199|
|How Do I Decide?||p. 207|
|You've Been Hurt||p. 209|
|Hurting the One You Love||p. 227|
|It Takes Two||p. 247|
|End Notes||p. 267|
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