Rejuvenaging with Dr. Ron Kaiser


Surviving Domestic Violence with Amanda Lee

Ep. 172

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates that nearly 20 people in America are physically abused by their partners every minute. This equates to 10 million women and men every year. It can be difficult to wrap your head around numbers like this but these statistics prove that domestic violence is a real and prevalent issue. In fact, intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crimes in the country. For victims, self-degradation and shame spurred by the abuse can make leaving seem just as difficult as staying.

In today’s episode, I speak with Amanda (A.E.) Lee who, in a captivating and moving account, talks about her experience of being in an abusive relationship with her ex-husband, and what it was that finally gave her the courage to leave. She also discusses the aftermath of leaving and how she was able to move forward and never look back.

Tune in to Episode 172 of REJUVENAGING® with domestic violence survivor, Amanda Lee.

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What enabled you to ultimately break that pattern and leave? (10:38)
  • Was there a time when getting out of the situation would have been less dramatic and safer for you? (12:30)
  • Were you done once you'd made the decision to leave? Or was there any second thinking about it? (13:27)
  • What motivated you to write the book? (16:43)
  • What's the book about? (18:29)
  • Is there anything that can prepare somebody to not get sucked into this kind of domestic pattern? (19:43)

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • About Amanda’s background and life (6:25)
  • About the escalation of abuse Amanda suffered in her relationship (7:39)
  • Why many abuse survivors struggle with coming to terms with the fact that they are being abused (9:40)
  • What happened after Amanda left her abuser (15:52)
  • About Amanda’s experience writing her book (17:24)


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