Here is my teaser from Respect-Me Rules by Michael and Shelly Marshall (Page 2):
"I suffered twenty-five years of verbal and emotional abuse from my husband. I lost myself in that sick situation. I was so messed up from all the abuse, I became fragmented emotionally. He did all the classic behaviors. He alienated me from family and friends. He belittled me in front of my children. He made fun of my religious beliefs. He refused me money for nice clothes and made fun of my physical appearance. He spent what he wanted on himself. He ruined our credit. I had suicidal thoughts all the time. He punched holes in the walls, yelled, cursed, ranted and raved, and threatened to take the kids from me. He was always insanely jealous. I just endured it. My children have been scared, and needless to say, severely affected by this cycle of abuse also."