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Title Houston Breakthrough, October 1980
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Transcript MIKE DRISCOLL county attorney • 11 years business, legal & public service experience • Director, Harris Co. Youth Village Scout Troop, Bay Area Drug Abuse Program • Director, Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce • Member, American Judges Assoc, Christian Businessmen's Committee • Married to Betti Rose McNamara, members Second Baptist Church "As a pre siding Judge of Harris County and a practicing attorney for eleven years, I have the experience in interrelating with all facets of county government ... more importantly, I have the experience in the real world of business which has taught me how to cut through the money-wasting red tape of the professional bureaucrats." Representing the Public Interest Paid for by Mike Driscoll Campaign, 806 Wau«h Dr., Houston, TX, Joe Myers. Treasurer. KEEP EXPERIENCE WORKING FOR YOU • Presiding Judge-County Civil Court At Law Mo. 2 • I 9 years experience as Assistant County Attorney • Law Degree, University of Texas Law School , 1960 • Degree in Business Administration, University of Texas, 1953 • Member: State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association EMDORSED BY: Houston Trial Lawyers Assoc, Harris County Suburban Lawyers Assoc, Pasadena Bar Assoc, North Harris County Lawyers Assoc, Harris County Democrats, Harris County Council of Organizations, Harris County AFL-CIO Labor Council, Area Five Democrats, Westside Democrats, GPC, Coalition of Clergymen & Civic Associations, CI. of H. Young Democrats. JUDGE EDWARD J. LANDRY JUDGE, HARRIS COUNTY CIVIL COURT AT LAW NO. 2 Paid for by The Judge Ed Landry Campaign Fund, Ed Landry. Treas. 907 Heights B»vd. Houston, Texas 77008 EiKE THE BATTERED WOMAN BY BURNET OLIVEROS- The Battered Woman by Lenore E. Walker (Harper & Row, 1980). Reviewed by Burnet Oliveros. The most frustrating, perplexing, aggravating and downright embarrassing thing about battered women is that they often remain in violent relationships for years, sometimes lifetimes. Even once they leave, they usually return. Over and over. And they usually claim to love the man who beats them. Why? Why? Why? Of all the good books written about battered wives, none comes close to answering these difficult questions with as much insight and empathy as Lenore Walker's The Battered Woman. Battered women are neither crazy nor masochistic. They desparately want their men to stop hurting them and will go to great lengths to avoid or postpone a beating. But perhaps battered women believe too much in traditional feminine virtues like nurturing and forgiveness. Burnet Oliveros is a former battered wife. And that's part of their trap. Battering men are not all evil and brutal monsters. They can be exciting, sensitive and charming. At times. Such a man does not think of himself as a "batterer," although he may accept the title "disciplinarian." A battering man feels that he should be the boss, and if the woman has to be slapped around a little to teach her a lesson, that's too bad. Both the man and the woman agree that it's somehow her fault that she's getting beaten. And they're wrong. Lenore Walker has been interviewing battered women for over five years. After her first 20 interviews she was struck by the similarities in the stories she was hearing. She began to be able to predict what each woman was going to say next. Her interviewees thought she must be psychic. Every battered woman feels alone and isolated in her own private hell, convinced that she is the only person in the world this is happening to, feeling somehow at fault, and working very hard to keep her shameful secret hiddden. 22 HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH Yet, as Dr. Walker discovered, all the horror tales are very much the same. She applied the theory of learned helplessness to explain why battered women find it so difficult to extricate themselves from such a destructive situation. The theory of learned helplessness was developed by psychologist Martin Seligman. In his experiments, random electric shocks were applied to dogs in cages. At first the dogs struggled, tried to avoid the shocks, tried to escape from the cages. But eventually the dogs learned that nothing they did could prevent the shocks: they learned that they were helpless. Their behavior became passive to the point that they refused to try to leave their cages even when the doors were left open. Battered women are beaten repeatedly by their batterers. The excuse one time might be cooking the wrong thing for supper, the next time it might be wearing the wrong dress, next time it might be having the wrong expression on her face, or saying the wrong thing. A battered woman soon learns that it makes little difference what she does, she's going to get beaten anyway. She, too, feels helpless. Yet life with a battering man is not constant violence and misery. Dr. Walker developed her own cycle theory, and she describes the three phases that make up the psychodynamics of the battering relationship. Phase One, or You've screwed up again, you stupid bitch. The first phase is called the tension-building phase by Dr. Walker. The batterer constantly criticizes everything about the woman, everything she does or doesn't do. He slowly builds his case against her, proving to his own satisfaction that she is a thoroughly worthless person. This phase, punctuated by minor violent incidents, is usually the most lengthy phase. The stakes slowly rise until the explosion, the acute battering incident. Phase Two, or Now, look what you're making me do to you. The acute battering incident is marked by loss of control and by destructiveness. It almost always occurs when the couple is alone together. Batterers, if you talk to them later, are either unwilling or unable to remember or discuss details of the beating. They are totally focused on their justifications for having done it, reciting at length a whole laundry list of offenses committed by the woman. The battered woman, on the other hand, remembers every detail of the beating vividly, often for years. She frequently describes her perception of the beating as if she observed it from far away, in slow motion. Her immediate experience is reported to be more of fear and of feeling trapped than of physical pain. The pain is felt later. When the beating is over, the womanlike any other disaster victim—is in a state of emotional collapse. Then comes phase three, like a key turning in the lock of the battered woman's cage. Phase Three, or / love you, I'm sorry, I promise I'll never hurt you again. The batterer, his hostility vented, is now calm and loving. A strong shoulder for the collapsed woman to lean on, concerned hands to bandage her injuries. He apologizes, earnestly he promises never to do it again. He exudes sincerity, charm and love. This attentive man is the man the battered woman loves. This wonderful romantic movie hero is the man she believes herself married to. The violent behavior is seen as an aberration that he could control if only they would both try harder. But the good times don't last. Soon, with criticism and recrimination, the cycle begins again. This book is essential reading for anyone whose life is touched or might be touched by family violence. Until we understand what is going on, we cannot hope for any end to the cycle. Selective Enterprises «« «**«r ***»«*« § Officers [left to right]: S. Anne Cook Sandra Hicks Kate Sexton Alethea Dollison liiMii in H ■■" Announcing an opportunity for women to invest in Houston REAL ESTATE. Selective Enterprises, Inc. is buying and managing income properties for investors. Limited partnerships and joint ventures are available. Minimum investment is $1000. Come join us and make your money work for you. Selective Enterprises, Inc. • Investments • Tax Shelter Advantages • Property Management 1001 Oxford, Suite 100 Houston,TX 77008 862-7399 MCUSIE Cl= C:OI=l=l=l= MEANS Where women make policy and coffee! 2520 Rice Blvd. In the Village 524-0057 10-6/Mon-Fri 10-5/Sat Closed Sun OCTOBER 1980