Invisible Wounds

Help, Hope, and Healing for Women in Abusive Relationships, or Recovery

Non-Fiction - Relationships
252 Pages
Reviewed on 02/25/2022
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Author Biography

I am a registered psychotherapist and I work in private practice. I have dedicated my career to working in the field of anger, abuse, and trauma recovery. This is no doubt because of my history.

As well as working with women who are living in, or recovering from, abusive relationships, I have worked extensively with men changing abusive behavior for the last 28 years, I consider this is a positive, proactive way I can contribute to women’s and children’s safety.

My first book Invisible Wounds: Help, Hope, and Healing for Women in Abusive Relationships, and Recovery, has been a very much-loved book that has helped thousands of women. It was first published in New Zealand by Penguin Books and has been continuously in print ever since. The updated 3rd edition is now available in kindle, print and audiobook formats.

I am also the author of 5 other books: The Abusive Relationship Workbook, Men Making Changes, Power Games, Living Life Out Loud, and Challenged by Childhood.

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    Book Review

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.

Des Mav

What an amazing book! I had a pain in my stomach the whole time I was reading it because everything that was described in that book was so real. It's a book that can be easily read and understood without difficult theories and analysis. The author uses examples from interviewed women in order to explain certain definitions/situations and this makes the book so helpful and real. Moreover, the examples from other people's experiences give you the possibility to understand if you are going through something similar. I loved the fact that it also provides solutions to the problems. It helps you identify an abusive relationship, giving also ways to overcome it and handle difficult situations for yourself and for the kids. The most important message that I think the book provides is that we need to take care of ourselves and put ourselves first. It's an incredible book that can make a real impact!