I am just watching Meredith Baxter on Oprah and finding so much of her story helpful. The stories she is telling is so typical of women who have been abused by their partner – the fear, confusion etc. Her examples of how her partner wore her down with insults and putdowns were powerful. As usual, Oprah missed the opportunity to engage the issue of woman abuse in a helpful way. Instead of seeing woman abuse as a massive sociological issue plaguing the world, she chose to interpret it as an issue in one woman’s life (in this case Meredith Baxter) and one that the woman is largely responsible for. It was also unfortunate that Baxter’s drinking was seen as an additional issue instead of (obviously) a coping strategy that Baxter used to survive in an abusive marriage. If Baxter’s story rang true with your story, I hope you will read our website and our book. You are not alone. 1 in 6 women in North America have stories very similar to Meredith Baxter and you.