I'm sorry if anyone needs this book. Been there, done that, still paying for the T-shirt (in the middle of a divorce after 30 VERY abusive years). This book helped me to open my eyes and truly "get free".
Every woman in experiencing violence in her own home needs this book to
guide her out of there! Practical step by step instruction on escape
planning, getting a restraining order, what paperwork to take with you,
on and on! our family violence shelter recommends it to every woman.
Although Getting Free was written in 1982, it is still called the bible of all domestic violence texts. It\'s not just the content of the book--twenty-four chapters covering a gamut of issues--but the tone. The problems of and solutions to domestic violence are clearly defined through the voices of women as they share their experiences and carve out their steps toward freedom.
Each chapter discusses a different phase in the experience of \"getting free\" and the problems surrounding each phase. Readers can reach for this book to look up specific domestic abuse issues or they can read it straight through. There is much to learn here--the history of battering as a phenomenon; the political and social aspects of abuse; the historical changes to the institutions of marriage and family, and more.