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Reviewed by Sheena Monnin for Readers' Favorite
Invisible Wounds by Kay Douglas is an empowering guide for women who have been in an abusive relationship or who know someone who is in an abusive relationship. The author carefully covers the ways abuse can look and feel, as well as the stories many victims can tell themselves to cope or try to protect themselves or their children. Any woman who reads this book will benefit from understanding the warning signs, learning to see abuse in its early stages, and knowing how to be there for women they know who might be in an abusive relationship but haven’t reached the point of acknowledging their own abuse. The author provides a comprehensive and compassionate look at very sensitive and painful topics and provides a path of hope and healing for victims.
Kay Douglas’ Invisible Wounds is powerfully written and full of useful information that every woman should read and understand. Abuse can happen at any time in a variety of relationships. Learning many of our own tendencies to deny abusive words or actions, or tolerate more than we should, can save lives and help women to leave these situations earlier than they might otherwise. I appreciate how the author explores the history of abuse in society’s treatment of and expectations placed on women in decades gone by and how society today still does not offer full support for women on the path out of an abusive relationship. The author does a fantastic job of outlining the problems, the signs and symptoms, the setbacks, and the solutions to the problems. Each part of this resource is invaluable and very well communicated.