Ask any woman whether a man has ever hurt her, and the answer in all probability will be a resounding yes. Yet despite women’s abuse being one of the most topical and written about subjects today, there are still many myths and preconceptions surrounding the syndrome. Did you know: Most abused women don’t heed the signs because they don’t know what they are; Most people think abuse is purely physical; Unless a woman has been raped or assaulted she cannot report it; Despite it seeming logical by the concerned outsider, an abused woman usually cannot just up and leave. The responsibility of children, rent and the effects of disempowerment that come with systematic abuse need to be overcome.
When Loving Him Hurts
Written specifically for wounded women, by two women who are all too familiar with the silent and invisible stain of abuse that marks the world we live in. This unique guide discuss how women can begin to heal themselves by examining their own answers and developing their own understanding of the abusive pattern, also developing the skills required to manage oneself in a relationship and beginning the journey of healing.
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Phillipa Sklaar, Sue Hickey
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Phillipa Sklaar has been in three abusive marriages. In When Loving Him Hurts, she bravely describes the pain and shame she experienced in her relationships as well as her long road to healing. “Sue invited me to assist her in the writing of this book to share my experiences. Like the recovering alcoholic who is prepared to disclose her story, I believe that my healing comes through sharing mine.”
Sue Hickey is a well-known and respected Johannesburg-based therapist who has been in private practice for over twenty-five years. She has worked with and achieved astounding results in hundreds of women’s lives who, desperately unhappy in their relationships due to varying degrees of abuse, sought help from her. Due to the overwhelming demand, Hickey started a support group for women in abusive relationships and worked with co-author Philippa Sklaar as a patient and survivor of abuse.
The lessons learnt from the women in group therapy over the years give depth and context to the content in When Loving Him Hurts.
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