ONE IN FOUR: the number of women who will experience domestic abuse or violence.Three per day: the number of women killed in domestic disputes.Ten million: the number of children exposed to domestic violence each year. AND THEY ARE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS EVERYWHERE, IN EVERY WALK OF LIFE.
Imagine an attractive, high-powered, female executive who realizes that her twenty-year relationship has turned her into a victim of domestic abuse. Imagine there are children to consider. And imagine the emotional abuse she has endured, abuse that has escalated as she questions her own culpability in allowing it, becomes physical and potentially fatal. Every year, domestic abuse – whether physical, financial, or emotional – affects one in four women in the country. That’s more than are affected by breast, ovarian, and lung cancers combined. Susan Sparks wants to change this.
SPARKS IN LOVE is a survivor’s story. Giving you a look from the inside, it shows what happens when you fall in love with the wrong person and ignores the warning signs. Highlighting the signs of domestic abuse with stories from her own life, Sparks takes the reader on a journey designed to expose both the subtle and overt aspects of abuse. A cautionary tale to those entering relationships, as well as reassurance to those still enmeshed in abuse, the message is clear: there are safe ways out and life after abuse. Each victim has the right to become a SODA™: a Survivor of Domestic Abuse. Eminently readable, poignant and informative, compelling and horrifying.
SPARKS IN LOVE is an inspirational telling of one woman’s story that becomes everywoman’s story for the one in four women who become victims of domestic abuse.
Barbara Jacoby is an award winning blogger that has contributed her writings to multiple online publications that have touched readers worldwide.