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

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - Family & Relationships - 232 pages
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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.

Safeguarding children, building trust and breaking the cycle of violence is the goal. Once the victim of family violence, Dalpiaz later earned degrees in psychology and early childhood education, eventually launching a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children. Her book will interest not only parents who are victims of family violence, but also foster parents dealing with the aftermath of family violence, counselors, teachers, social workers, clergy, and students of the behavioral sciences.

 

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Raising children who have witnessed domestic violence is obviously challenging. Dalpiaz, a certified Victims' Advocate and executive director of CHANCE (Change How Adults Nurture Children's Egos ... Read full review

Contents

The Grooming Process How Abuse Begins and Ends
1
The Mask of Anger
23
Breaking the Communication Barriers
45
Attitude Adjustment Shifting the Paradigm
61
Sabotage A Positive Experience
79
Just Behave Yourself
91
Control Its a Trust Issue
119
Monkey in the Middle
137
Labels Breaking the Molds
153
To Be or Not to Be a Victim
175
Success Is Your Final Answer
201
Notes
225
Bibliography
227
Index
229
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CHRISTINA M. DALPIAZ is a certified Victims' Advocate and Founder as well as Executive Director of CHANCE (Changing How Adults Nurture Children's Egos), a nonprofit agency based in Denver, Colorado. An international speaker, she was voted Child Advocate of the Year in 1998 by the Aurora Family Violence Response Team. Her dedication to helping families is actually a second career. Dalpiaz previously served in the U.S. Naval Reserves and retired as a Lieutenant Commander.

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