Domestic Violence Books

Domestic violence is any form of violence by an intimate partner or by family members, regardless of where it takes place. Physical abuse, psychological abuse, or behavior that is aimed at intimidating and persecuting an individual can be considered domestic violence when it occurs in a family setting. These books tell the stories of and are meant to guide survivors, advocates, students and researchers in their endeavors to learn more about domestic violence.

Berry, D.B. (1995) Domestic Violence Sourcebook

Brewster, S. (2000) To Be An Anchor in the Storm: A Guide for Families and Friends of Abused Women

Browne, A. (1989) When Battered Women Kill

Brownmiller, S. (1993) Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape

Davies, J., Lyon, E. & Monti-Catania, D. (1998) Safety Planning with Battered Women: Complex Lives/Difficult Choices

Edelson, J. & Jaffe, P. (1994) Ending the Cycle of Violence: Community Responses to Children of Battered Women

Finkelhor, D. & Yllo, K. (1985) License to Rape: Sexual Abuse of Wives

Jones, A. (2000) Next Time She’ll Be Dead: Battering and How to Stop It

Levy, Barrie (1998) In Love and In Danger: A Teen’s Guide to Breaking Free from Abusive Relationships

Lobel, K (Ed.) (1986) Naming The Violence: Speaking Out About Lesbian Battering

Nicarthy, Ginny (1997) Getting Free: You Can End Abuse and Take Back Your Life

Pharr, S. (1997) Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism

Ptacek, J. (1999) Battered Women in the Courtroom: The Power of Judicial Responses

Raphael, J. (2000) Saving Bernice: Battered Women, Welfare and Poverty

Richie, B. (1995) Compelled to Crime: The Gender Entrapment of Battered Black Women

Schechter, S. & Jones, A.R. (1993) When Love Goes Wrong: What to Do When You Can’t Do Anything Right

Wilson, K.J. (1997) When Violence Begins at Home: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Ending Domestic Abuse

Brown, Brene (2010) The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Chodron, Pema (2000) When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

Bancroft, Lundy (2005) When Dad Hurts Mom: Helping Your Children Heal the Wounds of Witnessing Abuse

Dugan, Meg Kennedy (2006) It’s My Life Now: Starting Over After an Abusive Relationship or Domestic Violence

Bancroft, Lundy (2003) Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

McCaig, Mari (2004) Healing the Trauma of Domestic Violence: A Workbook for Women

Herman, Judith (1997) Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence–from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

NiCarthy, Gina (1997) You Can Be Free: An Easy-To-Read Handbook for Abused Women

Dutton, Mary Ann (1992) Empowering and Healing the Battered Woman: A Model for Assessment and Intervention

Sipe, Beth M. (1996) I Am Not Your Victim: Anatomy of Domestic Violence

Schechter, Susan (1982) Women and Male Violence: The Visions and Struggles of the Battered Women’s Movement

Kivel, Paul (1998) Men’s Work: How to Stop the Violence That Tears Our Lives Apart

Snortland, Ellen B. (2001) Beauty Bites Beast: Awakening the Warrior Within Women and Girls

Sokoloff, Natalie J. (2005) Domestic Violence at the Margins: Readings on Race, Class, Gender, and Culture

Websdale, Neil (1999) Understanding Domestic Homicide

Ascione, Frank R. (1999) Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Animal Abuse

We do not necessarily support the ideas, opinions, theories or beliefs of the authors on this reading list.

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