Leaving: How I Set Myself Free from an Abusive Marriage


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She Writes Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Kanchan Bhaskar was born and brought up in New Delhi, India. She holds a master's degree in social work from Delhi University, and a postgraduate certificate in personnel management and industrial relations. She moved to the US in 2000; after divorcing her husband in 2003, she lived in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Southern California before moving to Chicago, Illinois. She works in the corporate world, mentoring, counselling, and coaching employees at all levels in the industry. She is also now a certified advocate for domestic violence victims in the state of Illinois and is a volunteer speaker, mentor, and coach for victims and survivors. Kanchan is blessed with three loving children, a daughter and twin boys, who are well settled in their lives. Her Maltipoo, Fifi, is her companion and the love of her life. She currently resides in Chicago.


"A gripping story of one woman's self-emancipation from marital despotism."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Through Bhaskar, we learn that while there are cultural differences from country to country, the effects of psychological and physical abuse are the same--as is the abuse cycle. She clearly shows the role denial has in abuse, answering the questions, 'Why doesn't she leave?' and 'Why does she go back?' Even after a woman has escaped her abuser, emotional scars must be healed--and it can take a very long time to recover. This is a detailed journey, taking Bhaskar from a life of fear and pain to one of success and fulfillment."
--Karen E Lee, retired clinical psychologist and author of The Full Catastrophe: A Memoir

"It takes immense courage to leave an abusive relationship. Kanchan Bhaskar's memoir is an easy-to-read roadmap from leaving to recovery and thriving. Her compelling story equips the reader with the means and grit required to rekindle a healthy relationship with Self and others."
--Pat Davenport, CEO of A Safe Place

"Bhaskar is unapologetic in her storytelling . . . Leaving is a gift to the world, born of one woman's suffering and strength, and is nothing short of a clarion call for action to be taken against domestic violence."
--Maria MacMullin, host of Genesis The Podcast