'When Love Hurts - A Woman's Guide to Understanding Abuse in Relationships' is Now Available

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Approximately one in three women have experienced physical or sexual abuse at some point in their lives. Among women ages 15 - 44, violence accounts for more death and disability than the combined effects of cancer, malaria, traffic injuries and war.

Thanks to TV, movies and the media, most people know about physical abuse of women. However, not every woman in an abusive relationship is physically abused. There are many other types of abuse that aren't easily recognized. If a spouse controls all the finances, continually berates his partner, damages belongings or hurts a pet - that's abusive and it can be dangerous and extremely painful. Many women, who don't have bruises or broken bones, are experiencing abuse and are not even aware of it. The recently released second edition of When Love Hurts helps women understand abuse and what to do about it. It is now available at many bookstores around North America or buy it online at http://www.chapters.ca, http://www.atlasbooks.com or at http://www.whenlovehurts.ca.

When Love Hurts is an important resource. With new and important updates, this book helps women understand the different forms of abuse and helps them make sense of their relationship.

"When Love Hurts discusses the forms of abuse we're familiar with like physical abuse and verbal abuse," says co-author Jill Cory. "It also speaks about those less known like emotional abuse, intellectual abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse, spiritual abuse, and social abuse."

"An abusive partner is in a cycle of abuse," says co-author Karen McAndless-Davis. "The honeymoon phase is where he appears apologetic, remorseful and attentive. The tension phase includes insults, threats, sarcasm, and fault finding. The explosion is marred with name-calling, swearing, yelling, and sometimes physical assault or throwing things. Then the partner will begin the honeymoon phase again and the cycle continues."

When Love Hurts explores the difficult questions. What's wrong with my relationship? Is there something wrong with me? Why do I stay in this relationship? What about my children? The book offers tools to explore your relationship and strategies to change your life. It includes a chapter on grief and the healing process, and makes it clear that the woman is not responsible for her abusive partner's behavior.

Co-authors, Cory and McAndless-Davis have a combined 30 years of experience working with women who have experienced abuse. They bring together solid research, counseling experience and personal accounts to help women make sense of their relationships. Their unique women-centered approach helps women reflect on their experiences to gain new understanding. The profound insights of a highly effective group-counseling program are now available to any woman who reads When Love Hurts. For more information, please visit http://www.whenlovehurts.ca.

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