Book reviews about abuse: physical abuse, emotional or verbalabuse, and sexual abuse.
Book reviews about abuse: physical abuse, emotional or verbal abuse, and sexual abuse.
The Verbally Abusive Relationship How to recognize it and how to respond by Patricia Evans
Verbal abuse is a kind of battering which doesn’t leave evidence like physical abuse does. However, it can be just as painful, and recovery can take much longer. The victim of abuse lives in a gradually more confusing realm. In public she is with one man, in private he becomes another.
Often, for the verbally abused woman, there is no other witness to her reality and no one can understand her experiences. Friends and family may see the abuser as a really good guy and, certainly, he agrees with them.
The verbal abuser, charming to others, takes his abuse behind closed doors and it is a means of holding power over another. Physical abuse is always preceded by verbal abuse.
Whether you are a victim of verbal abuse or the abuser, this book will give you true insights into the underlying dynamics of the verbally abusive relationship.
Although Evans primarily addresses verbal abuse of women, she states that much of the book applies to men, too. More about this book.
Verbal Abuse Survivors speak out on relationships and recovery by Patricia Evans
Patricia Evans has worked extensively in counseling and recovery with battered women. After her first book on verbal abuse was published, she received hundreds of letters from verbal abuse survivors from around the world. Those letters form the basis of this book.
Although 99% of these letters were from heterosexual women, the book can be adapted to others, even a child, can relate to the women in this book.
The book also give the results of a survey on the verbally abusive relationship and answers such questions as, "What are the most commonly experienced categories of verbal abuse."
An excellent companion to Evans book The Verbally Abusive Relationship but The Verbally Abusive Relationship should be read first.