What to Do When You Can't Do Anything Right
This book was written at the request of leaders of National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to benefit millions of women who find themselves in relationships with controlling or abusive partners and don’t know what to do, or even what’s wrong. A woman may feel confused, anxious, inadequate, intimidated—or as if she is walking on eggshells. She may find herself trying harder and harder to make things right without ever being successful.
Ann Jones and her friend the late Susan Schechter, the well-known activist and writer (Women and Male Violence), combined their long experience working with abused women and children to offer an eye-opening analysis of controlling partners and a wealth of information for women who want to change their lives for the better. Full of moving first-person stories, When Love Goes Wrong shows women what their options are in or out of the relationship. It also provides practical guidance on finding safety and support, a comprehensive list of agencies offering information and assistance, and very useful advice to family, friends, and therapists who want to be of help. For all women who find that no matter how hard they try to please their partner, it’s never enough, When Love Goes Wrong offers sound supportive advice for reclaiming their lives.
“This book is a must for women locked in unhappy personal relationships and for professionals who wish to help them.”
“Respectful of abused women, terribly readable, smart, full of personal stories and clear answers to common questions, When Love Goes Wrong is a support group on paper.”—Sojourner
“A readable book . . . that fills an important void by helping women with controlling partners— who are not necessarily physically abusive. Highly recommended.”—The Women’s Advocate, published by the National Center on Women and Family Law
“This is a perfect owner’s manual for impossible and destructive relationships.”—Ally Sheedy
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