"A beacon of hope for women and men who fear that they will passthe abuse they have suffered on to their children, partners, oremployees. Humane and compassionate but also clear and down toearth, this is a wonderful contribution to the literature onhealing."
--Lundy Bancroft, author of When Dad Hurts Mom and Why Does He DoThat?
"In this remarkably powerful, wise, and compassionate book, BeverlyEngel leads readers step by step through a program that will helpsurvivors of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse in childhood toheal from their wounds so they don't need to re-enact their abusivepasts. She offers expert advice and strategies to help parents andwould-be parents avoid doing to their children what was done tothem and helps both abusers and victims in emotionally andphysically abusive relationships make vitally important changes intheir relationships."
--Susan Forward, Ph.D., author of Toxic Parents and EmotionalBlackmail
If you were emotionally, physically, or sexually abused as a childor adolescent, or if you experienced neglect or abandonment, itisn't a question of whether you will continue the cycle of abusebut rather a question of how--whether you will become an abuser orcontinue to be a victim. In this breakthrough book, Beverly Engel,a leading expert on emotional and sexual abuse, explains how tostop the cycle of abuse once and for all. Her step-by-step programprovides the necessary skills for gaining control over emotions,changing negative attitudes, learning healthy ways ofcommunicating, healing the damage from prior abuse, and seeking outsupport.
Throughout, Engel shares many dramatic personal stories includingher own experiences with abusive behavior. Breaking the Cycle ofAbuse gives you the power to shatter abusive patterns for good andoffers a legacy of hope and healing for you and your family.