Invisible Witness: How I Overcame My Family's Legacy of Domestic Violence #Review

April 22, 2014

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


Invisible Witness: How I Overcame My Family's Legacy of Domestic Violence 

I did not get a chance to fully review this book, as the response for the review was more than the author, Lisa Kroulik, expected. Below is a copy of what she has written about the book and what it is about. I have read other books by her and would recommend them since they are real and deal with real life issues. I think any kind of book that can help someone start to or to get through abuse of anykind is worth it. 
Out of the Fog is a from Lisa that I have read fully and reviewed. It is about divorce and dealing with the other parent. 
Emotional Assault, I was offered to review but the response with that book was more than expected. I did however post about the book and my thoughts on it after doing some research of my own. 
"Adults who witnessed violence between their parents when they were children often carry emotional scars that last a lifetime. The trauma to their developing brains can be so great that some psychologists have compared it to what soldiers experience in war. Like soldiers, children from violent homes are hyper-alert and expect to see danger at every turn. Since they don't possess the skills to process what they have witnessed, these children often suppress the memories well into adulthood. It often takes employment and relationship problems, a mental health diagnosis, addictions, and other serious life issues for them to make the connection between the events of their painful upbringing to what they are experiencing in the present. 
As a society, we tend to minimize the effects of domestic violence, especially for those who witnessed it without experiencing direct abuse. Children are especially vulnerable because they are completely dependent on their parents for survival. They don't want to do anything that might upset them even more. Although their behavior might say otherwise, these kids often insist that they are fine. 
In this autobiographical book, author Lisa Kroulik takes readers back to her early childhood when she witnessed her father abuse her mother and some of her siblings on several different occasions. She discusses the abuse only to set the backdrop for the rest of her story. She then goes on to talk about the multiple devastating effects that witnessing abuse had on her as she became an adult. As she discusses each issue, the author traces it back to its origin in order to understand and release it. 
While it can be hard to read what the author and her family experienced, this book is not a woe-is-me tale of victimization. Instead, the author shows readers how she coped with problems related to witnessing domestic violence as a child and eventually moved forward in life. Lisa Kroulik tells her story in such a straightforward manner that readers may feel like they are sitting down for coffee with a new friend. While they may not have been safe in their childhood home, they are certainly safe between the pages of this emotionally powerful book. "



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