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Domestic Violence & Child Abuse

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Book Recommendations

Non-fiction

  • Adult
    • A Hole in the World: An American Boyhood by Richard Rhodes – memoir
    • Torn From the Inside Out by Josephine Thompson – memoir
    • Whose Face Is in the Mirror?: The Story of One Woman’s Journey from the Nightmare of Domestic Abuse to True Healing by Dianne Schwartz – memoir
    • I Closed My Eyes: Revelations of a Battered Woman by Michele Weldon – memoir
    • Escape by Carolyn Jessop – memoir
    • Dragonslippers : this is what an abusive relationship looks… by Rosalind B. Penfold – memoir
    • Crazy Love by Leslie Morgan Steiner – memoir
    • Surviving Domestic Violence: Voices of Women Who Broke Free by Elaine Weiss
    • Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men by Lundy Bancroft
    • Abused Men: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence by Philip W. Cook
    • A Woman Like You: The Face of Domestic Violence by Vera Anderson – photo essays
    • It’s My Life Now : Starting Over After an Abusive Relationship or Domestic Violence by Meg Kennedy Dugan
    • The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to Recognize it and How to Respond by Patricia Evans
    • When Your Child Has Been Molested: A Parents Guide to Healing and Recovery by Kathryn Brohl and Joyce Case Potter
    • How Long Does It Hurt: A Guide to Recovering from Incest and Sexual Abuse for Teenagers, Their Friends, and Their Families by Cynthia L. Mather and Judy Wood
    • Domestic Violence: What Every Christian Needs to Know by Al Miles
    • Violence in Gay and Lesbian Domestic Partnerships by Claire M. Renzetti
    • Same-Sex Domestic Violence: Strategies for Change
    • Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs by Elissa Wall with Lisa Pulitzer – memoir
    • Shattered Dreams, My Life as a Polygamist’s Wife by Irene Spencer – memoir
    • Ghost Girl: The True Story of a Child in Peril and the Teacher Who Saved Her by Torey Hayden
    • Another Place at the Table by Kathy Harrison
    • Her Last Death: A Memoir by Susanna Sonnenberg
    • I Speak For This Child: True Stories of a Child Advocate by Gay Courter
    • One Small Boat: The Story of a Little Girl, Lost Then Found by Kathy Harrison
    • Hope’s Boy by Andrew Bridge – memoir
    • The Little Prisoner: A Memoir by Jane Elliott
    • Not Without My Sister: The True Story of Three Girls Violated and Betrayed by Kristina Jones, Celeste Jones and Juliana Buhring
    • Nobody’s Child by Michael Seed – memoir
    • Street Kid by Judy Westwater – memoir
    • Broken by Shy Keenan – memoir
    • Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood by Julie Gregory – memoir
    • As I Lay Me Down to Sleep by Eileen Munro
    • A Child Called “It”: One Child’s Courage to Survive by Dave Pelzer – memoir
    • A Brother’s Journey: Surviving a Childhood of Abuse by Richard B. Pelzer – memoir
    • The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
    • The Verbally Abusive Relationship by Patricia Evans
    • No Visible Wounds by Mary Susan Miller
    • It Could Happen to Anyone: Why Battered Women Stay by O.W. Barnett and A.D.LaViolette
    • Before It’s Too Late: Helping Women in Controlling or Abusive Relationships by Robert J. Ackerman & Susan E. Pickering
    • It Could Happen to Anyone: Why Battered Woman Stay by Ola W. Barnett and Alyce D. LaViolette
    • Battered Wives by Del Martin
    • The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to Recognize It and How to Respond by Patricia Evans
    • Why Does He Do That? by Lundy Bancroft
    • Saving Beauty from the Beast by Vicki Crompton & Ellen Zelda Kessner
    • But I Love Him: Protecting Your Teen Daughter from Controlling, Abusive Dating Relationships by Jill Murray
    • In Love and In Danger by Barrie Levy
    • When Violence Begins at Home: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Ending Domestic Abuse by K.J.Wilson
    • Domestic Violence Sourcebook by D.B Berry
    • To Be An Anchor in the Storm: A Guide for Families and Friends of Abused Women by S Brewster
    • When Battered Women Kill by A. Browne
    • Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape by S. Brownmiller
    • Safety Planning with Battered Women: Complex Lives/Difficult Choices by Davies, J., Lyon, E. & Monti-Catania, D.
    • Ending the Cycle of Violence: Community Responses to Children of Battered Women by Edelson, J. & Jaffe, P.
    • License to Rape: Sexual Abuse of Wives by Finkelhor, D. & Yllo, K..
    • Next Time She’ll Be Dead: Battering and How to Stop It by Jones, A.
    • In Love and In Danger: A Teen’s Guide to Breaking Free from Abusive Relationships by Levy, B.
    • Naming The Violence: Speaking Out About Lesbian Battering by K. Lobel
    • Getting Free: You Can End Abuse and Take Back Your Life by G. Nicarthy
    • Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism by S. Pharr
    • Battered Women in the Courtroom: The Power of Judicial Responses by J. Ptacek
    • Saving Bernice:  Battered Women, Welfare and Poverty by J. Raphael
    • Compelled to Crime: The Gender Entrapment of Battered Black Women by B. Richie
    • Women and Male Violence: The Visions and Struggles of the Battered Women’s Movement by S. Schechter
    • When Love Goes Wrong: What to Do When You Can’t Do Anything Right by Schechter, S. & Jones, A.R
    • When Violence Begins at Home: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Ending Domestic Abuse by Wilson, K.J
    • A Woman Like You: The Face of Domestic Violence—Photographs and Interviews by Vera Anderson
    • Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace by Johnny Lee
    • Anger & Conflict in the Workplace: Spot the Signs, Avoid the Trauma by Dr. Lynne Falkin McClure
    • The Batterer as Parent: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics by Lundy Bancroft and Jay G. Silverman
    • The Batterer: A Psychological Profile by Donald G. Dutton, Ph.D. and Susan K. Golant
    • Breaking Free, Starting Over: Parenting in the Aftermath of Family Violence by Christina M. Dalpiaz
    • Breaking the Cycle by Zane, Editor
    • Defending Our Lives: Getting Away From Domestic Violence & Staying Safe by Susan Murphy-Milano
    • Domestic Violence: The Criminal Justice Response by Eve Buzawa and Carl Buzama
    • Drawn to the Rhythm: A Passionate Life Reclaimed by Sara Hall
    • The Emotionally Abusive Relationship: How to Stop Being Abused and How to Stop Abusing by Beverly Engel
    • Ending Violence in Teen Dating Relationships: A Resource Guide for Parents and Pastors by Reverend Al Miles
    • Family and Friends’ Guide to Domestic Violence: How to Listen, Talk and Take Action When Someone You Care About is Being Abused by Elaine Weiss
    • Handbook of Domestic Violence Intervention Strategies: Policies, Programs, and Legal Remedies edited by Albert R. Roberts
    • Hear Our Voices: Expressions of Survival and Inspiration published by the Domestic Violence Network of Greater Indianapolis
    • If I Am Missing Or Dead: A Sister’s Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation by Janine Latus
    • Learning to Live Without Violence: A Handbook for Men by Daniel Jay Sonkin, Ph.D. and Michael Durphy, MD
    • Men’s Work in Preventing Violence Against Women by James Newton Poling, Ph.D. and Christie Cozad Neugar, Ph.D.
    • Not to People Like Us: Hidden Abuse in Upscale Marriages by Susan Weitzman
    • The Physician’s Guide to Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse: A Reference for all Health Care Professionals by Patricia R. Salber, MD and Ellen Taliaferro, MD
    • The Power of One: Heroes Forging America’s Civic Reawakening From Sea to Shining Sea by Debra Schweiger
    • Scared to Leave, Afraid to Stay: Pathways from Family Violence to Safety by Barry Goldstein
    • Stop Domestic Violence: An Action Plan for Saving Lives by Louis Brown
    • Violence in the Lives of Black Women: Battered, Black, and Blue Edited by Carolyn M. West
    • Walking on Eggshells: Practical Counseling for Women In or Leaving a Violent Relationship by Dr. Brian Ogawa
    • What to Do When Love Turns Violent: A Practical Resource for Women in Abusive Relationships by Marian Betancourt
    • When Dad Hurts Mom: Healing the Wounds of Children Who Witness Verbal or Physical Abuse by Lundy Bancroft
    • The Silent Children by Linda Sanford
    • There is No Sex Fairy by Jan Hindman
    • Conspiracy of Silence by Sandra Butler
    • Victims No Longer by Mike Lew
    • The Mother’s Book:  How to Survive the Molestation of Your Child by Carolyn M. Byerly
    • I Never Told Anyone: Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, edited by Ellen Bass and Louise Thornton (an anthology)
    • Shattered Silence: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer’s Daughter by Melissa G. Moore – memoir
    • When I Was 13 by Angela Giles Klocke
    • Mia’s Sisters by Maria Erikson and Kerstin Weigl
  • Young Adult

    • Three Little Words: A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
  • Middle Grade
  • Picture Books & Early Readers
    • Please Tell!: A Child’s Story About Sexual Abuse by Jessie Ottenweller
    • The Trouble With Secrets by Karen Johnson
    • My Body is Private by Linda Walvoord Girard
    • A Family That Fights by Sharon Chesloer Bernstein
    • It’s My Body by Lory Freeman
    • The Right Touch: A Read-Aloud Story to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse by Sandy Kleven
    • A Very Touching Book…for Little People and for Big People by Jan Hindman
    • Your Body Belongs to You by Cornelia Maude Spelman
    • Some Parts Are Not for Sharing by Julie K. Federico

Fiction

  • Adult
    • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    • White Oleander by Janet Fitch
    • The Burning Bed by Faith McNulty
    • The Woman Who Walked Into Doors by Roddy Doyle
    • Whispers by Belva Plain
    • Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen
    • The Woman Who Walked into Doors by Roddy Doyle
    • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    • Strange Fits of Passion: A Novel by Anita Shreve
    • Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult
    • The Gravedigger’s Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates
    • Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
    • If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister’s Story of Love, Murder,… by Janine Latus
    • Rose Madder by Stephen King
    • Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
    • Before Women Had Wings by Connie Mae Fowler
    • The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
    • Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay
    • A Girl Named Sooner by Suzanne Clauser
    • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
    • Push: A Novel by Sapphire
    • Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock
    • The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things by J. T. LeRoy
    • Salt Dancers by Ursula Hegi
    • Flying in Place by Susan Palwick
    • Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons
    • Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan (short stories)
    • Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
    • Mathilda by Mary Shelley
    • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
    • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    • Once Were Warriors by Alan Duff
    • A Dangerous Vine by Barbara Ewing
    • Gemma by Meg Tilly
  • Young Adult
    • I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson
    • Lena by Jacqueline Woodson
    • Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
    • Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
    • Lessons from a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles
    • Burned by Ellen
    • Identical by Ellen Hopkins
    • When Dad Killed Mom by Julius Lester
    • The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
    • When She Was Good by Norma Fox Mazer
    • Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
    • Good Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian
    • Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
    • You Don’t Know Me by David Klass
    • Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn
    • Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
    • Forged By Fire by Sharon M. Draper
    • The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt
    • The Last Exit to Normal by Michael Harmon
    • Touching Snow by M. Sindy Felin
    • Boy from the Basement by Susan Shaw
    • Freaky Green Eyes by Joyce Carole Oates
    • The Breakable Vow by Kathryn Ann Clarke
    • When She Hollers by Cynthia Voigt
    • Vandal by Michael Simmons
    • Something Girl by Beth Goobie
    • When Dad Killed Mom by Julius Lester
    • Boy Toy by Barry Lyga
    • Counterfeit Son by Elaine Marie Alphin
    • Chasing Tail Lights by Patrick Jones
    • Shut Up by Marilyn Reynolds
    • When Jeff Comes Home by Catherine Atkins
    • Touch by Francine Prose
    • America by E. R. Frank
    • Friction by E. R. Frank
    • Waiting for Christopher by Louise Hawes
    • Circle the Soul Softly by Davida Wills Hurwin
    • Billie Standish Was Here by Nancy Crocker
    • Where People Like Us Live by Patricia Cumbie
    • Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams
    • When Kambia Elaine Flew In From Neptune by Lori Aurelius Williams
    • I hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson
    • Purple Hisbiscus by C. N. Adichie
    • Split by Swati Avasthi
    • Things Change by Patrick Harris
    • The Death of Jayson Porter by Jaime Adoff
    • Good Night, Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian
  • Middle Grade

    • What Jamie Saw by Carolyn Coman
    • Gossamer by Lois Lowry
    • Hershey Herself by Cecilia Galante
    • I Don’t Want to Go to Justins House Anymore by Heather Klassen and Beth Jepson
    • Hidden Roots by Joseph Bruchac
    • Mia’s Secret by Peter Ledwon and Marilyn Mets
    • Annabelle’s Secret: A Story about Sexual Abuse by Amy Barth and Richa Kinra
    • I Said No! A kid-to-kid guide to keeping your private parts private by Kimberly King and Sue Rama
  • Picture Books & Early Readers

    • A Safe Place by Maxine Trottier
    • Something Is Wrong at My House by Diane Davis
    • A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret M. Holmes
    • Those are MY Private Parts by Diane Hansen
    • Some Parts are Not for Sharing by Julie K. Federico
    • A Tale Worth Telling by Linda Sky Grossman and Petra Bockus
    • Joey Wants to Know: A Parent- Child Guide to Inappropriate Touch by Selena Smith
    • Your Body Belongs to You by Cornelia Maude Spelman
    • I Promised Not To Tell (A Story of Courage) by Kara T Tamanini
    • A Family That Fights by Sharon Chesler Bernstein and Karen Ritz
    • The Words Hurt: Helping Children Cope with Verbal Abuse by Chris Loftis

Media Recommendations

  • Broken Child – HBO Documentary
  • Ending Violence – DVD-based curriculum about dating violence.
  • Sin by Silence - From behind prison walls, Sin by Silence reveals the lives of extraordinay women who advocate for a future free from domestic violence.
  • Defending Our Lives – Documentary about the magnitude and severity of domestic violence in this country. This educational video features four women imprisoned for killing their batterers and their terrifying personal testimonies.
  • Power and Control: Domestic Violence in America – Documentary

Websites & Blog Recommendations

Many of the following organizations are central to the United States.  Don’t hesitate to contact us with links to organizations/websites that are central to your international location.

  • Prevent Child Abuse – America – “Has led the way in building awareness, providing education and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children. Working with our chapters, we provide leadership to promote and implement prevention efforts at both the national and local levels.”   A very comprehensive site that’s not to be missed and which calls for action.
  • helpguide.org -  Facts about physical, emotional and sexual child abuse and neglect, warning signs and how to help, how to report child abuse, intervention, and prevention.  A very comprehensive site with many valuable links to further resources.
  • Childhelp – A national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect which exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children.  They focus our efforts on advocacy, prevention, treatment, and community outreach.
  • Childabuse.com – Information is a key component in child abuse prevention, offers current articles and reports on child abuse trends and what you can do to help combat abuse.
  • Bikers Against ChildAbuse (BACA) – Exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. A body of Bikers to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline -  Nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention, information and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families.
  • Love is Not Abuse – The Liz Claiborne company provides information and tools that men, women, children, teens and corporate executives can use to learn more about the issue and find out how they can help end this epidemic.
  • National Coalition Against Domestic Violence – The Mission of the NCADV is to organize for collective power by advancing transformative work, thinking and leadership of communities and individuals working to end the violence in our lives.
  • Family Violence Prevention Fund – Works to prevent violence within the home, and in the community, to help those whose lives are devastated by violence because everyone has the right to live free of violence.
  • National Resource Center on Domestic Violence – Mission is to improve societal and community responses to domestic violence and, ultimately, prevent its occurrence. We provide a wide range of free, comprehensive, and individualized technical assistance, training, and specialized resource materials and projects designed to enhance current intervention and prevention strategies.
  • The National Center for Victims of CrimeDedicated to serving individuals, families, and communities harmed by crime.
  • WomensLaw.orgEasy-to-understand legal information and resources to women living with or escaping domestic violence or sexual assault. By reaching out through the Internet, they empower women and girls to lead independent lives, free from abuse.
  • Break the Cycle -  Ending dating violence.  Everybody has the right to safe and healthy relationships—regardless of where they live, who they are or what they believe.  Mission is to engage, educate and empower youth to build lives and communities free from domestic violence.
  • The Safe Place -  Comprehensive resources about dating violence.
  • Children Now – A national organization for people who care about children and want to ensure that they are the top public policy priority.
  • Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence – Aid in the prevention of partner violence by leveraging the strength and resources of the corporate community. We believe that business plays an essential role in raising awareness of the issue and that our sustained efforts will help reduce and ultimately eliminate partner violence.
  • Darkness to Light – Raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse by educating adults about the steps they can take to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse.
  • The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) – An organization focused on the unique circumstances of African Americans as they face issues related to domestic violence including intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder maltreatment, and community violence. IDVAAC’s mission is to enhance society’s understanding of and ability to end violence in the African-American community.
  • National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence -  Designs, provides, and customizes training and consultation, influences policy, promotes collaboration and enhances diversity with the goal of ending domestic and sexual violence.
  • National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse – An association of researchers, practitioners, educators, and advocates dedicated to protecting the safety, security, and dignity of America’s most vulnerable citizens.
  • Love is Respect - National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline
  • DoSomething.org – Aim to inspire, support and celebrate a generation of doers: people who see the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action. DoSomething.org provides the tools and resources to convert ideas and energy into positive action.
  • Survivors in ActionA non-profit national advocacy group that supports victims and the families of victims of any crime, including domestic violence, identity theft, elder abuse, cyber-stalking, stalking, child abuse, rape, and sexual assault.
  • Alianza National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence – Dedicated to helping society recognize and end domestic violence in Latino/Hispanic communities by promoting education, dialogue, public awareness, networking and advocacy.
  • Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) -  Nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at rainn.org, and publicizes the hotline’s free, confidential services; educates the public about sexual assault; and leads national efforts to prevent sexual assault, improve services to victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
  • Safe @ Work Coalition – Provide guidance to companies, large and small, wishing to develop and implement programs and policies to help employee victims of domestic violence and protect their places of business.
  • StopFamilyViolence.org – Empowering people to take action at the local, state and national level to ensure safety, justice, accountability and healing for people whose lives are affected by violent relationships.
  • Patrick Stewart: The Legacy of Domestic Violence – As a child, the actor regularly saw his father hit his mother. Here he describes how the horrors of his childhood remained with him in his adult life.
  • The Spotlight Blog – A spotlight on just a few of the innumerable examples of worldwide violence, senseless discrimination, and systematic abuse of women.  Carolynn believe increased awareness can lead to action and change.
  • The Domestic Violence Awareness Project –   Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity” in October 1981 conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Types of Stalkers – Types of stalkers and stalking patterns.
  • Victims and Survivors of Psychopaths- About traumatic bonding.
  • Violence Unsilenced – Shedding light on the epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault by giving its survivors a voice.
  • Love146 – Works toward the abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation through Prevention and Aftercare solutions, and contributing to a growing abolition movement.
  • Respect U – Resource about bullys.
  • Hot Peach Pages – International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies
  • Avon Foundation for Women – Mission to improve the lives of women globally.
  • New Zealand Resources:
    • LifeLine – Provides free, professional and confidential telephone counselling services and professional “Face to Face” counselling.
    • Youthline - Youthline’s vision is to create communities which relate to the needs of young people, respond to them, and support them to achieve their potential.
    • Shine* – A national organisation offering a free helpline, training and consultancy throughout New Zealand and is now the largest single family violence prevention service in New Zealand with a focus on keeping people safe in their own home.
    • Police – How to deal with domestic violence.
    • National Network of Stopping Violence – A network of community organisations working to end men’s violence to women and children across Aotearoa/New Zealand since the 1980s.
    • Women’s Refuge – Liberating women, children, families and whanau from family violence through the provision of quality services and social commentary.
  • Child Abuse – A Parent’s Story – A blog which is a step-by-step account of what happened to me when I found out my son had been a victim of sexual abuse. I needed a voice without dishonoring my son’s need for privacy and that is how I found myself here.
  • Sweden Resources:
    • BRIS -  An NGO with no party political or religious affiliations that supports children in distress and is a link between children, adults and the community.

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