A short handbook of practical advice for battered women. Cantrell offers nuggets of wisdom for woman trapped in a relationship with a mate who repeatedly physically assaults her. She offers concrete information about choices which can be made by any battered woman--whether to escape or to stay in the relationship. Cantrell, a professional in the field of domestic violence who developed a shelter in Billings, Montana, for battered women, says she intends the booklet to serve ""as a roadmap for victims to chart direction and take action on matters that they themselves can change."" Batterers, Cantrell says, often isolate their families from society, the better to victimize them. They turn their wives into dependent creatures devoid of confidence and self-esteem. Frequently they are able to convince the victim that the beatings are justified because of her faults, that she is guilty of transgressions. Its brevity makes this work particularly useful to women who need help in a hurry. There is an appendix that lists crisis hotlines in every state that battered women can call for help.