9780415953252

It's My Life Now: Starting Over After an Abusive Relationship or Domestic Violence

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    9780415953252

  • ISBN10:

    0415953251

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2006-05-05
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Those who have never experienced an abusive or violent relationship often believe that upon finding a way out, victims " difficulties are solved: their life is good, they are safe, and recovery will be swift. However, survivors know that leaving is not the end of the nightmare -- it is the beginning of an often difficult and challenging journey toward healing and happiness. It "s My Life Nowoffers readers the practical guidance, emotional reassurance, and psychological awareness that survivors of relationship abuse and domestic violence need to heal and reclaim their lives after leaving their abusers. Since its publication in 2000, It's My Life Nowhas been highly successful as a working manual for survivors who are starting their lives over after an abusive relationship. This valuable book combines direction on practical and emotional issues with worksheets and self-exploration exercises. Now, in the second edition, Dugan and Hock include updated information and resources while encompassing a wider range of individuals and the relationships in which abuse and violence occur. The new edition also provides a new emphasis on safety assessment, which has increasingly been shown to be a critical factor in recovery. In addition, this new edition includes current resources and information about organizations for victims along with revised and enhanced strategies to help survivors move forward on the path of recovery.

Author Biography

Roger R. Hock is Director of the Psychology Program and Professor of Psychology and Human Sexuality at Mendocino College in Ukiah, California. Meg Kennedy Dugan is Director of the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program, a program of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Self-Exploration "Healing in Progress" xix
Part I: Looking Back
1. Were You in an Abusive Relationship?
3(18)
Self-Exploration I
"Abusive Behaviors Inventory"
16(1)
Self-Exploration II
"Abusive Behaviors Analysis"
17(4)
2. Are You Out of Danger Now?
21(18)
Self-Exploration
"Assessing Your Safety"
34(5)
3. How Could This Have Happened?
39(10)
Self-Exploration
"Stereotypes Your Abuser Believed"
46(3)
4. The Hidden Horror: Sexual Abuse
49(14)
Self-Exploration
"Self-Talk"
61(2)
5. How Could You Have Loved an Abuser?
63(8)
Self-Exploration
"Why You Loved Your Abuser"
69(2)
6. Abuse of Men by Women, and Abuse in Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Relationships
71(12)
Self-Exploration
"Your Unique Challenges"
80(3)
Part II: Now 83(72)
7. Losing Your Partner, Your Dream, Your Life
85(12)
Self-Exploration
"Expressing Your Feelings"
94(3)
8. When Feelings Overwhelm You
97(18)
Self-Exploration
"Assessing Your Feelings"
108(7)
9. Signs of Unfinished Healing
115(12)
Self-Exploration
"Assessing Your Healing"
123(4)
10. What About the Children?
127(16)
Self-Exploration
"Child Assessment"
140(3)
11. The Reactions of Others
143(12)
Self-Exploration
"Evaluating Your Friendships"
152(3)
Part III: Looking Forward 155(68)
12. Practical Considerations
157(16)
Self-Exploration I
"The Practical Side of Healing"
166(2)
Self-Exploration II
"Just How Much Money Do You Need to Survive?"
168(5)
13. Beginning to Heal
173(12)
Self-Exploration
"Do You Need Professional Help?"
181(4)
14. Believing in Yourself
185(8)
Self-Exploration
"Who Are You?"
191(2)
15. The Temptation to Go Back
193(10)
Self-Exploration
"Considering Your Options"
201(2)
16. Is Your Abuser Still in Your Life?
203(10)
Self-Exploration
"Planning Ahead for Contact"
210(3)
17. Loving Again
213(10)
Self-Exploration
"What to Look for and What to Avoid"
221(2)
Postscript 223(2)
Resources 225(2)
Index 227

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