Breaking Free, Starting Over: Parenting in the Aftermath of Family Violence

Breaking Free, Starting Over: Parenting in the Aftermath of Family Violence

Breaking Free, Starting Over: Parenting in the Aftermath of Family Violence

Breaking Free, Starting Over: Parenting in the Aftermath of Family Violence

Synopsis

What is often labeled "domestic violence" is, in this book, referred to as "family violence," because the emotional terrorism that infuses violence between adults affects not only the adult victims but also the children who witness the abuse. Dalpiaz shows how a caring and thoughtful parent can recognize the trauma family violence inflicts upon children, and how to help them recover and go on to live happy, violence-free childhoods.

Excerpt

I have been fortunate these last dozen years to know Christina Dalpiaz as a colleague and friend. I have seen her in action, working with people on all levels, displaying an incomprehensibly bottomless capacity to help. She is a “24/7” source of inspiration and comfort, spilling over with practical ideas and plain, level-headed wisdom about coping with family violence, understanding family dynamics, and applying healthy approaches to family problems.

In this, her second book, she focuses her considerable energies on one of her most intense causes. Her aim is to help people create better environments for their children—specifically, children who have witnessed or been victims of family violence. Contrary to what many assume, Ms. Dalpiaz believes that the answer for such kids is not necessarily in how they behave as it is in how adults respond to them. Professional counseling, treatment, mentoring, and effective parenting need to be where adults focus their efforts. She believes that adults need to be patient with these wounded children. Her philosophy is, You can take your children out of the abusive environment, but it may take years to take the abusive environment out of your children.

The author recognizes that creating healthy settings for children of family violence requires that parents understand that they are able to change negative family dynamics. Parents can break free from

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