‘Just imagine you thought that you had met the man or woman of your dreams. This person was charming and you thought they were the one or perhaps that this was fate; it was just meant to be.
But as the months go by things start to change. Their behaviour towards you isn’t the same, they are more critical, more particular about your appearance, what you do, how you do it, who you see. Time goes by and you feel isolated from your friends and family because that behaviour has now changed to threats, maybe violence and you feel that your identity is all but gone. But still you stay. Where would you go? Who would help you? You are not worthy.
But you are.’
When I was asked to review this I jumped at the chance. Many years ago I was on the Trustee Board of our local domestic abuse charity and saw first-hand people affected by this crime. However reviewing Clipped Wings is actually quite difficult, suffice to say it is a book that everyone should read.
The stories in this book are disturbing and upsetting. Each story is different yet there are similarities in all the accounts. One thing that really stood out for me was just how isolating domestic abuse is. Often the perpetrator will have alienated their victims family and friends. They will controlling their partner’s every move, every penny and every minute having to be accounted for.
Whilst it is heartbreaking to read some of the accounts and what the people went through in their relationships, it is ultimately an uplifting book. The stories are as much about courage and recovery as they are about violence and abuse.
I would say this book is a must read for anyone who wants to hear first hand how people can survive such terrible abuse and come through the other side.
If you wish to find out more about domestic abuse or want to know where to go for advice and help then visit Yorkshire based IDAS. http://www.idas.org.uk
About the author
Born in the North East, Jennifer is a young, married mum with three children. In addition to
being an author, she is an entrepreneur, running a family business from her home-base.
Her blog posts have a large readership of other young mums in business.
From an early age, Jennifer has had a passion for writing and started gathering ideas and
plot lines from her teenage years. A passionate advocate for women in abusive
relationships, she has drawn on her personal experiences to write this first novel ‘Isolation
Junction’. It details the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally
abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life
and to love again.
Since the publication of her debut novel Jennifer has continued to be an advocate for
those in abusive relationships through her blog posts, radio interviews and Twitter feed.
Jennifer also gained a qualification in facilitating a recover programme for those who have
been in abusive relationships.
Jennifer continues to publicly support those who are isolated and struggle to have a voice.
Jennifer hopes that ’Clipped Wings’ give’s a voice to survivor’s experiences and raise’s
awareness further of the types of unacceptable behaviour which fall into the category of domestic abuse.