• I have the right not to be abused.
  • I have the right to anger over past beatings.
  • I have the right to change the situation.
  • I have the right to freedom from fear of abuse.
  • I have the right to request and expect assistance from Police or Social Agencies.
  • I have the right to share my feelings and not to be isolated from others.
  • I have the right to want a better role model of communication for my children.
  • I have the right to be treated like an adult.
  • I have the right to leave the abusive environment.
  • I have the right to privacy.
  • I have the right to express my own thoughts and feelings.
  • I have the right to develop my individual talents and abilities.
  • I have the right to legally prosecute the abusing spouse.
  • I have the right not to be perfect.
  • I have the right to feel whatever I feel!

Patricia G. Ball and Elizabeth Wyman, “Battered Wives and Powerlessness: What Can Counsellors Do?”

Victimology: An International Journal, Vol 2, 1997-78, February, 1978