Domestic Abuse and High Achieving Women

Intimate partner violence is the leading cause of female homicide and responsible for over 50% of murders of women globally.

No amount of academic or career achievement, wealth, or success will protect a woman from the potential of an abusive relationship -- which, despite the public admissions and advocacy of celebrities like Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, and Rihanna, continues to be a pervasive myth.

A world-renowned expert on chronic pain management, Dr. Angela Mailis has in recent years directed her research toward a persistently puzzling, misunderstood, and ignored form of domestic violence: the abuse endured by high-achieving women who by all appearances have everything they need to stand up for and protect themselves.

In her book Smart, Successful and Abused, Dr. Mailis aims to educate and empower other women, especially those leading double lives: who are successful in their careers but timid, hurt, and hiding at home.

Dr. Angela Mailis is an award-winning specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a respected medico-legal expert in matters of chronic pain. She founded and directed the Comprehensive Pain Program at Toronto Western Hospital, and was a professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Medicine. She also was in an emotionally abusive relationship for 27 years.

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