The Lane County authors’ novel shows the intricacies of leaving an abuser

Almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by domestic violence, but despite the prevalence of the problem, many people still wonder how someone can get stuck in the situation.

Using their combined 16 years of experience working at a local domestic violence shelter, Womenspace, now Alliance for Hope and Safety, as well as the lessons of their troubled childhoods, Pearl Wolfe and Evelyn Anderton want to shed some light. They worked closely together for three years creating Walk Out the Door, a fictional portrayal of a real issue.

“I wanted to talk about how this happens, because even people I know make funny comments about, ‘Why don’t they just go?’ Anderton said. “I have to explain to them what’s going on.”

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