This vulnerable and honest personal essay by Gwen Tuinman—novelist and creator of the performing women-creatives collective, The Wild Nellies—offers a glimpse into her experience of fleeing domestic abuse.

By exploring multi-layered issues that face women experiencing intimate partner abuse, she leads us through the intricacies of escape and puts to rest the all-too-common question “How could she stay?” Portrait of an Escape is a call to empathy for women poised for departure and a bridge of insight for friends and family waiting for them to take that first brave step.

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