The first 100 days after a woman leaves an abusive relationship are enormously critical, since it is within this period that she may often return to her abuser. The messages in this text aim to provide the support, knowledge, and compassion needed to stay free of abuse and continue healing.
Judith R. Smith, PhD, LCSW, is a leader in gerontological research focusing on women’s experiences as they age. She is a senior clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and professor of social work at Fordham University. She lives in New York City with her husband.