It's My Life Now: Starting Over After an Abusive Relationship

Meg Kennedy Dugan, Roger R. Hock

Published June 22, 2018
Reference - 234 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415415194 - CAT# Y318617

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  • Recommended by the National Coalition of Domestic Violence
  • Does not just focus on one specific therapy technique or aspect of the issue and instead provides information on the complicated dynamics while still providing activities for growth and healing.
  • Selected worksheets available in Spanish on Routledge website
  • Succinctly summarizes the complex dynamics of abusive relationships while allowing space for survivors to explore their own experiences within that dynamic
  • Equally applicable to clients or counselors working with those clients to help support the process
  • Also designed for use in shelter/safe house settings
  • Self-exploration activities address the complicated and varied concerns that survivors face after leaving an abusive relationship, including budgeting, how the manage intimacy in a new relationship, tracking moods, etc.


Now in its third edition, It’s My Life Now is a guide for survivors who have left an abusive relationship. It addresses—in clear, non-threatening language—various issues associated with abuse and violence, including post-relationship emotions, psychological impact, dealing with children, personal safety, legal problems, and financial security. Each chapter dismantles common myths about being in and leaving an abusive relationship and contains activities for self-exploration that survivors can complete as they navigate a new life free from abuse. Recommended by the National Coalition of Domestic Violence, this book is designed to benefit any survivor, no matter how much time has passed.


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