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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Making the ultimate relationship decision

In this warm, supportive, and straightforward guide, communication specialist JAC Patrissi  and Lundy Bancroft, the author of Why Does He Do That?, offer a way for women to practically and realistically take stock of their relationships and move forward- with or without their partners.

Women involved in chronically frustrating or unfulfilling relationships will learn to:

  • Tell the difference between a healthy-yet-difficult relationship and one that is really not working
  • Recognize the signs their partner has a serious problem
  • Stop waiting to see what happens-and make their own growth the top priority
  • Prepare for life without their partner-even as they keep trying to make the relationship work

JAC Patrissi is the founder and former director of the Vermont Victim Assistance Academy. She facilitates the Growing A New Heart series for women, including Growing A New Heart’s Should I Stay or Should I Go? Retreat.

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Recipient and honoree of the Patrissi Crime Victim Services Award, State of Vermont April 25, 2006.

This award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and have made an outstanding contribution to victim services in Vermont over the expanse of their career or lifetime.


Recipient of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for creative writing.

"JAC's attention to detail make her adept at all aspects of planning- from budget to logistics to content. However, her true gifts are her leadership and communication skills. I have watched her facilitate for years. JAC can coax meaningful participation from even the shyest or most confrontational of attendees."