A Private Family Matter A Memoir (Paperback)
|Author: Victor Rivas Rivers|
|A spokesperson for the National Network to End Domestic Violence recounts his upbringing in the shadow of a father who abused the author, his mother, and his siblings, discussing the writers work as an activist, his recommendations for community intervention, and his struggles with his own anger. Readers Guide available. Reprint. 30,000 first printing. *Author: Rivers, Victor Rivas *Subtitle: A Memoir *Publication Date: 2006/04/11 *Number of Pages: 371 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25|
From the Publisher:
A spokesperson for the National Network to End Domestic Violence recounts his upbringing in the shadow of a father who abused the author, his mother, and his siblings, discussing the writer's work as an activist, his recommendations for community intervention, and his struggles with his own anger.
This is a story about how I was saved by love, at a time when most people considered me beyond rescue.
So begins Victor Rivas Rivers in this powerful chronicle of his escape from the war zone of domestic violence -- too often regarded as a "private family matter" -- and his journey toward independence, recovery, and renewal.
In A Private Family Matter, Victor recalls his days as an angry youth living under the rule and wrath of his father. A Cuban immigrant, Victor's dad was nicknamed El Ciclón for his tempestuous temperament, which led him not only to beat his wife but to abuse -- and eventually kidnap -- his own children. How Victor managed to seek help for his family and criminal punishment for his father, overcome his demons and learn to love himself, and share his experience with other victims and survivors of domestic abuse is at the heart of this profound and affecting memoir.
"[Rivers] tells this inspiring story of emergence from isolation and despair into love and community with passion, optimism and tenderness." 02/28/2005