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A Love That Kills: Stories of Forensic Psychology and Female Violence

Anna Motz

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Memoirs, True crime, Mental health services, Psychotherapy, Women's health

A leading forensic psychotherapist looks at the roots and motivations of female criminals through a series of deeply affecting real-life therapy sessions

'An empathetic and necessary corrective to the stereotypes peddled by so many sensational true crime shows' Oprah Daily

Anna Motz is one of the most internationally acclaimed forensic psychotherapists at work today. For more than three decades she has treated women imprisoned for violent crimes. With candor, compassion, insight and a clear-eyed perspective Anna introduces us to eleven ordinary women who came to commit extraordinary acts, examining the fault lines that led to their crimes, and the sometimes perilous journey both therapist and patient take towards recovery.

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Praise for A Love That Kills: Stories of Forensic Psychology and Female Violence

  • A fascinating book bursting with humanity . . . a tour de force

  • Clear eyed and compassionate. A LOVE THAT KILLS is a powerful read, moving in its compassion and hopeful in its message

  • Insightful, brilliant and illuminating Anna Motz reveals the unspoken truth about women and violence

  • A fascinating look at shocking crimes, which peels back the uneasy and destructive relationship we have to the very idea of women and violence. An important book which exposes these truths in the same way that THREE WOMEN did for female sexuality

  • Combining deep professional expertise with compelling writing, this is an essential read for anyone who wants to better understand why women commit the most extreme crimes. At times harrowing, Anna Motz's account is above all compassionate, an argument for why empathy and understanding are the key to breaking generational cycles of violence

  • A LOVE THAT KILLS is fascinating, not only about women who commit violence, how so many of them have been subject to abuse themselves, but also on therapy as giving a "sense of home, being kept in mind". Always: we need a politics of care. - Hannah Dawson, author of The Penguin Book of Feminist Writing

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Anna Motz

Anna Motz is a Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and Psychotherapist, with over thirty years of experience working with violent women in prisons and in the community, and the staff who work with those women. She is a leading expert in women as perpetrators of violence.

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