Combining psychological insight with practical safety information, Growing Free helps the reader to understand–and end–the vicious cycle of wooing, tension, violence, and remorse that characterizes all levels of domestic violence. It outlines a series of steps abused women can take to ensure their emotional and physical safety. Growing Free offers both practical and psychological resources, including:
lists of abusive behaviors from ridiculing family members to physical violence
common rationalizations for abuse used by both victims and perpetrator
detailed discussions of protection orders and other legal matters
detailed preparations and safety precautions that may make leaving less dangerous
advice on what to take with you when you leave
guidelines for establishing safe relationships in the future
Growing Free provides readers with a straightforward, action-oriented approach to the problem of domestic violence. A companion volume available separately, A Therapist’s Guide to Growing Free, offers therapists a comprehensive outline of the issues, tasks, and goals involved in treatment with victims and survivors.