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December 18th, 2015

Mistletoe & Violence

At Therapy's End (Cover)

Sadly, Christmas is the time of year when domestic abuse rates soar.

Former page 3 girl Susie Flashman Jarvis, therapist, counsellor and author of At Therapy’s End, has recently been made Ambassador for Restored, a Christian charity working to transform relationships and end violence against women.

She is also linked with the Naked Truth Project- challenging men with regard to use of pornography and its effect on marriages. In this capacity she speaks at men’s events and is a speaker for Christian Vision for Men and also speaks to women’s groups

At Therapy’s End calls for more to be done to help victims of domestic violence.

The book tells the story of Sophie who, along with her family, is forced to confront a past they have been trying to shut away for years. Grief’s shadow threatens to overwhelm them all as Sophie finds herself face to face with her abusive childhood.

Domestic abuse possibly touches just about every street in the UK. With one in four women experiencing domestic violence and the police hotlines being rung every minute with a complaint, according to the charity Refuge, almost everyone is likely to know someone on their street or neighbourhood who may be a victim.

Susie takes us intimately into a world that is seldom revealed with such clarity. Susie, who grew up in a difficult family environment, is now a therapist and speaker who has worked with victims of domestic violence across the UK for more than 15 years.

At Therapy’s End is an authoritative novel on the subject of abuse and domestic violence. It should be read by everyone in the UK who knows of someone facing these problems.

’I have sat for many hours with women, and a few men, who have been caught up in the cycle of domestic abuse, as they faced the truth of their situation and often the depth of the trap they were ensnared in.,’ said Susie. ‘It is for these people that I wrote this novel and for a world blind to what is happening in their street, church, place of work and recreation, so that they may no longer be alone.’

Major Danielle Strickland of the Salvation Army said:‘For me as someone who walks with survivors of trauma every day, this novel is a gift. It’s a familiar tale but with an essentially different ending. How do you continue to live while you process and heal from uncovered pain? How do you bring your past into the light and have it illuminate a new way rather than drag you into an old one? How do survivors break habits and patterns of thought and behaviour? These questions and many more are both asked and answered through this novel in a way that is not pushy but is absolutely true.’

According to Ruth Dearnley, CEO of the charity Stop The Traffik, this book forcibly demonstrates not only life’s ups and downs but also the formula for dealing with them. ‘This book brings us a story that gives us insight into how our mind, body and spirit try to deal with these ups and downs and how family and community don’t just matter, but are essential to moving on,’ said Ruth.

Libby Sutcliffe, BBC radio presenter, online journalist newsreader and founder of Slavery Free UK has hailed this book as ‘more than just a novel’. ‘Susie expertly weaves characters’ lives and story lines of domestic abuse, depicting how the ripples of the behaviour can spread far and wide and can lay hidden for years before coming to the surface. Despite dealing with gritty subjects of abuse and death and coping with emotional trauma, Susie scatters seeds of hope throughout the novel showing how sharing and reaching out to others can provide comfort and support so all experiences, however harrowing, can be used for good. Susie also manages to bring her faith into the novel in a gentle and questioning but very real way that many people will be able to identify,’ said Libby.

About the author
Susie Flashman Jarvis is an author, speaker and therapist with more than 15 years’ experience. But it has not always been this way. She’s a former Page 3 girl and successful advertising model, gracing the pages of magazines and television screens in a series of commercials from Impulse Body Spray to DeBeers Diamonds.

Her private life, separate to her modelling career, took a nose dive as she started to dabble in a variety of drugs; LSD, amphetamine, cannabis and then onto heroin. Alongside this she became more and more promiscuous, moving from relationship to relationship.

After years of self-abuse and a dried up modelling career, Susie found herself at her lowest point. With nothing left to sell or give, she found herself face-to-face with her Creator as He reached down in return to her cry for help. Susie’s life story and her miraculous healing from withdrawals from heroin addiction is documented in her autobiography Potholes and Belly-Flops.

But Susie’s life is far from perfect. She describes herself as a work in progress with a number of rough edges that require smoothing down. Now a wife, mother of four and trained counsellor, Susie speaks regularly at churches, festivals and women’s groups.

At Therapy’s End (978-1-909728-30-1) by Susie Flashman Jarvis is published by Instant Apostle and is available from Christian bookshops, bookshops and online in paperback & electronic formats.
Fiction, paperback, 229pp, £8.99.

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