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True stories of dating violence

Gabby, now 24, shared her story with PIX11 Morning News in hopes that it would encourage another young woman, blinded by love, to speak up before it's too late.

Reluctant readers may prefer Donna Chaiet's brief and heavily illustrated Staying Safe on Dates (Rosen, 1995). Farber, Chappaqua Library, NYCopyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. Following a graphic first-person account of a 15-year-old girl's physical (including sexual) and emotional abuse, the book analyzes dating patterns and relationships--primarily heterosexual ones, and ones in which the male is the abuser.

The connections between the abused and the abuser are examined in terms of a cycle of violence: a struggle for power and control, tension building, acute battering, remorse and reconciliation, and the inevitable recurrence of abuse.

The concise, relevant checklists are an excellent tool to help readers identify destructive behavioral patterns; a glossary effectively augments the text; and resources for further help and information are supplied.