Nichelle Mitchem Discusses Getting Free

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). While national attention to this pressing public health issue has increased dramatically, domestic violence continues to pose a clear and present danger to the health and well-being of women.

Poverty and domestic violence are interconnected. Studies demonstrate that impoverished women experience high rates of violence by a male partner with some as high as 50% of women receiving welfare having experienced physical abuse at some point in their adult lives.[1]

In recognition of National Domestic Violence Month, many of the most on this blog with discuss: the dynamics of domestic violence; preventation and intervention programs and services; and books on this topic such as Getting Free and Getting Free: You Can End Abuse and Take Back Your Life.

Much like the author’s earlier work Getting Free, this book is a must read for battered women and their allies in the struggle to eradicate domestic violence. In Getting Free: You Can End Abuse and Take Back Your Life, the author includes new information gleaned from the most recent research on the topic of domestic violence. Getting Free: You Can End Abuse and Take Back Your Lifeincludes an even broader range of topics related to domestic violence than was covered in the author’s first book.

The new book includes an analysis of whether batterers’ treatment really works. It discusses which programs help violent abusers to change and which do not. The author also discusses research on the correlation between domestic violence and child abuse as well as many other topics. For further information, visit Seal Press at

Sources: Getting Free. Getting Free: You Can End Abuse and Take Back Your Life. Seal Press.

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[1] Susan Schechter. “Expanding Solutions for Domestic Violence and Poverty: What Battered Women with Abused Children Need from Their Advocates.”

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