"Not to People Like Us"

"Not to People Like Us"

Hidden Abuse in Upscale Marriages

Book - 2000
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Baker & Taylor
Provides a dramatic and revealing exposT of domestic violence against well-to-do and well-educated women that also offers a provocative condemnation of the social service system that fails to protect them. 35,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
A startling exposé of domestic violence against well-educated, well-to-do women, and a powerful indictment of the social-service system that fails to protect them.

How is it possible for a highly educated woman with a career and resources of her own to stay in a marriage with an abusive husband? How can a man be considered a pillar of his community, run a successful business, yet regularly give his wife a black eye? The very nature of these questions proves our unarticulated assumption that domestic violence is restricted to the lower classes. When we do hear stories of high-profile victims, we regard them as exceptional cases and still believe abuse doesn't happen to "people like us." Now Susan Weitzman counters this assumption by exploring a heretofore overlooked population of battered wives-the well-educated, upper-income women who rarely report abuse and remain trapped by their own silence.With keen insight and sensitivity, Weitzman, a psychotherapist and educator, traces common patterns of behavior among this group-their internal dilemmas and decisions, their dangerous desire to cover up abuse and maintain appearances. She shows how their abusive relationships follow a different course from those in other socioeconomic groups, and how these distinctions have profound implications for understanding the true nature of this behavior. Delving into the stories of these women-wives of CEOs and attorneys, of physicians and professors, the women often professionals themselves-Weitzman builds harrowing psychological profiles of both the abused and the abuser.

Book News
Based on her experience as a psychotherapist with the "hidden victims" of domestic abuse in upper-class marriages, Weitzman (lecturer, social work administration, U. of Chicago) provides insights into why they remain in such relationships; how the profile of abused and abuser differs from those in other socioeconomic classes; and early warning signs, interventions, and resources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

& Taylor

Provides a revealing expose of domestic violence against well-to-do and well-educated women that also offers a condemnation of the social service system that fails to protect them.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Basic Books, c2000
ISBN: 9780465090730
Branch Call Number: 362.82 WE
Characteristics: viii, 289 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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