How to Stop, Change or End
by Catharine Dowda, M.Ed., LPC
During these harrowing times of social and economic turbulence, romantic relationships are often prone to issues of control and power plays between two partners. A variety of circumstances factor into how one handles the connection (or disconnection) with his or her partner, be it backgrounds, experiences, values, self-concepts, age or life situations. It could be that one makes more money than the other, feels as though they do more around the house or carries the relationship more than his or her respective partner. Otherwise resolvable problems such as these can be, in many cases, catalysts for a form of abuse that might not leave the victim with any visible cuts and bruises but is as damaging and harmful: psychological abuse.
In Invisible Scars, Catharine Dowda, M.Ed., LPC, looks into the complexities of psychological abuse and how it is levied to create a tactically controlled form of anxiety in the victim, often leaving him or her in a whirlwind of self-doubt, fear and insecurity. This direct, compassionate book is aimed at helping victims of psychological abuse by:
- providing an indispensible guide to the scope and causes of psychologically abusive relationships;
- defining the elements of psychological abuse, which include name calling, yelling, insulting, threatening, mocking, swearing, ignoring, isolating and excluding one’s partner from meaningful events and activities;
- giving support and guidance to people living under the tyranny of psychological abuse;
- examining the reasons for remaining with or leaving their abusers;
- offering insights and suggestions to both the victims and abusers to end or bring about resolutions and positive changes in their relationships.
Invisible Scars is a must-read for anyone living in the shadow of psychological abuse. Here are thought-provoking questions and tips for the reader to consider and act upon, providing real answers to this most disturbing and hurtful form of abuse.
Catharine Dowda, M.Ed., LPC is a full-time Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice and holds a Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was previously a Victim Advocate/Law Enforcement Liaison as well as an instructor and frequent lecturer on domestic violence and victimization. She has been the recipient of the United States Department of Justice “Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Dedication and Service on Behalf of Crime Victims” and selected “Outstanding Victim Advocate” by the North Carolina Victim Assistance Network. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.
A New Horizon Press Release
5½ x 8¼, 274 pages
LC #2008938369, world rights
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-308-9 (pb), $14.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-421-5 (eBook), $14.95