Patricia Evans , Author of "The Verbally Abusive Relationship"

Patrcia Evans is the founder of Evans Interpersonal Communications Institute (EICI), offering workshops and information on interpersonal communications. She has single-handedly brought the subject of verbal abuse to the forefront of American consciousness, naming and defining verbally abusive relationships when they were still unnamed and undefined.

Newsweek commended her powerful first book on the subject, The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to Recognize it and How to Respond (1992), as "A groundbreaking new book." An expanded edition was released in 1996 and appeared in "Dear Abby" on New Year's Day, 1998.

Evans has spoken about the devastating effect of this "secret form of control" on more than 200 radio shows and thirteen national television programs, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, Sonya Live (CNN) and News Talk.

Her second book, Verbal Abuse Survivors Speak Out: On Relationship and Recovery (1993), explores the subject of verbal abuse and is destined to be given a permanent place in schools, in the libraries of all health professionals and in the heart and mind of every reader.

Both books were presented to the academic community at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Interpersonal Speech Communication Association, November 1994, New Orleans.

A native Californian, Patricia Evans is dedicated to bringing clarity to interpersonal communications.

Read the transcript of her January 11th chat.
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