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Defining her destiny in the face of domestic violence

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Domestic violence still happens far too often. Despite national attention, it happens in homes every day in every state in our country. One out of every four women will experience domestic violence during their lifetime. I am one of those women. My story of abuse began at age 19. It ended when I was 23. Between those years I was kicked, slammed, punched, and spit on. I was told I was worthless and called names no one should be called. What my abuser didn’t know was that he was giving me the seeds of strength to excel in my life after the violence. He didn’t know he was providing me the courage to help many other abused women throughout my…

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Randy Susan Meyers talks about Accidents of Marriage, a gut-punching family drama

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In her third novel, Accidents of Marriage (Atria Books, 2015), Randy Susan Meyers weaves a compelling tale of domestic abuse and traumatic brain injury as told through the very different perspectives of three family members—two parents and their teenage daughter. Meyers stands at the center of marital distress, surveys the scene, assesses the damage, and recounts it with unflinching honesty and clarity. Meyers is also the author of two previously bestselling novels, The Comfort of Lies (2014) and The Murderer’s Daughters (2011). Recently, BookTrib caught up with the author of Accidents of Marriage, a gut-punching family drama that tackles a slew of complicated issues. BOOKTRIB: One of the many strengths of Accidents of Marriage is your ability to successfully create multiple…

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Why did she stay? Why not ask why he did it? An intervention specialist discusses Ray Rice

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And the blame continues. Twitter and Facebook abound with it. Some claim with surety that they’d leave after the first minute a man touched them. Other wonder (with an air of superiority) why Janay Rice married Ray Rice in the first place (often accompanied with gold-digging, victim-blaming reasons). Many question her “role” in the situation — wondering why she stayed, sat next to him, tweeted support, etc. Everyone has an opinion about and questions about Janay Rice. Why, why, why. I pray someone is there for her, helping deflect the meanness and judgment. I worked in the field (working with batterers) for 10 years. I could write pages of “why women stay” — explaining how women become trapped by violent…

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