It was only too easy for National Louis University’s Elizabeth Schaefer to find other victims of domestic violence to interview, Daily Herald columnist Burt Constable wrote in “I want to help women in those situations: Domestic violence author also a survivor” on Oct. 25.
Constable provided an overview of how Schaefer, an assistant professor in NLU’s M.S. in Written Communication program, experienced domestic violence herself as a young, pregnant wife. After surviving the experience, leaving the abuser and getting divorced, she felt a desire to help other survivors. That led to interviewing 31 other women, all survivors of domestic violence, for her book “Women are With You,” published by Books On a Whim.
She posted flyers asking domestic violence victims to contact her to tell their stories, and women responded, Constable wrote. Many of them cried and shook when telling their stories, which Schaefer reported as oral histories. They also talked about a time when abuse tends to dangerously escalate.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Schaefer said she hopes the book will help people recognize red flags in a relationship before they lead to emotional, psychological or physical abuse.