OPENING THE DOOR FROM INSIDE is a practical and hopeful book that unabashedly examines how women become trapped in abusive relationships and what they can do to extricate themselves, safely and on their own terms. This pivotal work sets out a practical, action-oriented approach where the abused woman learns when it's safe to open the door and speak out and how to change the destructive circumstances of her life, one vital step at a time. It answers many of the questions women struggle with. "Why do I feel so stuck?" "Why do I keep giving him another chance?" "Why do I choose the wrong men?"It outlines essential skills for women to mitigate the devastating effects of domestic violence by:*Identifying how they get stuck*Empowering and guiding them as to how to change their life circumstances*Teaching them to identify abusive behaviours and to recognise danger signs in order to preempt and counter abuse*Engaging safe and sensible strategies that interrupt or end the abuse cycle*Presenting clear guidance about making better choices in the futureRobin Parry has had 30 years' experience dealing with domestic violence at both a personal and a clinical level and this book is a distillation of her work. What makes it unique is her broadly based practice of working with both male perpetrators and female victims and her recognition of the opportunities for change that women themselves can put into practice.