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Surviving the Devil - Escaping Domestic Violence
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Melanie Survivor is a relationship expert who has turned her life around and now helps others do the same. From her happy blended family home in Australia, she has created online courses for survivors of abuse, as well as speaking at seminars and performing confidential workshops.

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"Finally, an honest and progressive book that will inevitably revolutionize how readers view domestic violence; a topic that is still perceived today as "taboo" despite the large number of lives that are grossly affected on a daily basis. Mel's life story is raw, powerful and inspiring. But what makes this book extra special is the fact that Mel provides more than a story; she provides practical advice and her course provides tools to those who are affected by domestic violence, even if they do not realise it. Mel, I cannot commend you enough for being brave in sharing your life story with others in hopes of creating more awareness and breaking the vicious cycle of domestic violence. You are not only a survivor, but a positive role model to everyone in our community."Michelle Browning - Lawyer "Mel's story of domestic violence demonstrates how an intentional web of entrapment is woven, strand by strand, to isolate and debilitate the weaver's prey. Even the most intelligent and capable of prey can find herself drawn into unfamiliar and even unreflective spaces by subtle overtones of an ever escalating, spiral of domestic abuse. Mel's story and the stories of her contributors, demonstrates the normalizing of domestic abuse that can happen within family groups and withinsociety. These stories, underscore the secretiveness, the hiddenness and the deception that hold people powerless within a context of entitlement and domination. Mel's story is inspirational. It reveals the transformational power of a person's intelligence to out-strategize her oppressor and tocourageously reclaim her personhood. Her enduring belief in the compassion of others to hold hervulnerability is a testament to her passion for life and her commitment to be an advocate for the holistic health of women and girls as they explore their life choices. Further, Mel's story is redemptive. It reveals the regenerative power of a mother's love for her daughter by visioning a future beyond the threat of physical harm and emotional disturbance. She envisions a future full of possibility and potential for a creative and joy-filled existence for herself and her daughter. A future where the wisdom of the past meets the excitement of the future. Finally, Mel's story is a GIFT. It has the power to breathe new life into an arid environment. It provides the reader with new eyes ofcare and concern for those who are struggling with the insidious reality of domestic abuse. Her story has the power to generate the waters of healing, flowing through and cleansing the wounds that hold the struggle. May this gift stimulate hope for many and bring the changes necessary for equity and integrity within the web of life's relationships."Dr Mary Murphy

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