Domestic Violence: Fiction and Nonfiction

Behind Closed Doors

By Susan R. Sloan

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When Valerie O’Connor first meets Jack Marsh, she is immediately swept off her feet. She wants to have the perfect marriage. She never expected Jack to turn violent.

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Black and Blue

By Anna Quindlen

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"Fran Benedetto tells a spellbinding story: how at nineteen she fell in love with Bobby Benedetto, how their passionate marriage became a nightmare, why she stayed, and what happened on the night she finally decided to run away with her ten-year-old son and start a new life under a new name. Living in fear in Florida--yet with increasing confidence, freedom, and hope--Fran unravels the complex threads of family, identity, and desire that shape a woman's life, even as she begins to create a new one. As Fran starts to heal from the pain of the past, she almost believes she has escaped it--that Bobby Benedetto will not find her and again provoke the complex combustion between them of attraction and destruction, lust and love."

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Domestic Abuse: Our Stories

By M. Webb

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"There is a misconception in our society about abuse. My intent with this book is to select some accounts of abuse to show that these things can and do happen in a lot of families, not just to the poor and uneducated. We get to enter these households and see that these women don't instigate these attacks, nor do they enjoy them. These women deserve to be heard and we need to listen. Domestic abuse is in the papers every day. Maybe this book will give women the courage to leave their abusers and help us to better understand this growing problem. My hope is that these stories stay with my readers long after they put the book down."
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Dreamland

By Sarah Dessen

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After her older sister runs away, 16-year-old Caitlin decides she needs to make a major change in her own life and begins an abusive relationship with a boy who is mysterious, brilliant and dangerous.
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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

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Weiss’s book is a comprehensive look at violent relationships and explores how friends and family can help their loved ones who are involved in one:

1. Getting involved -- 2. Understanding domestic abuse -- 3. Understanding psychological abuse -- 4. Understanding abusers -- 5. Talking and listening -- 6. Taking action -- 7. Special circumstances : pregnancy, disability, teen dating -- 8. Remaining involved --  Checklist 1. Warning signs of domestic abuse -- Checklist 2. Abusers use a wide range of tactics to achieve control -- Checklist 3. What would it take for an abuser to change? -- Checklist 4. How dangerous is this abuser? -- Checklist 5. Planning for safety if she stays with her abuser -- Checklist 6. Planning for safety if he is removed from the home or she has left -- Checklist 7. Planning for safety during a violent incident -- Checklist 8. Health and unhealthy relationships -- Checklist 9. How teens can help their peers -- Checklist 10. An abuser uses a variety of tactics to regain control if his victim leaves.

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Healing Suicidal Veterans: Recognizing, Supporting and Answering Their Pleas for Help

By Victor Montgomery

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"There are 24.5 million military veterans in the United States; Seventeen of them each day will take their own lives. Homelessness. Alcohol and drug abuse. Unemployment. Domestic violence. Minds plagued by war scenes. The numbers are staggering and growing daily...Respected crisis intervention therapist and Vietnam veteran Victor Montgomery, III, has worked with thousands of veterans contemplating suicide. His unique, positive method: Explores the psychological wounds of war, significantly post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI); Outlines warning signs of a veteran in distress; Examines the distinct issues facing women in the military; Provides an in-depth guide to veteran-related networks, organizations, and programs; Offers uplifting, inspirational stories of rescue and redemption..."

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Journey

By Danielle Steel

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Maddy Hunter seems to have it all. She’s a popular TV news anchor and married to the wealthy, handsome owner of the station, Jack Hunter, who saved her from an abusive first husband. What people don’t see is that Jack is a controlling man who constantly belittles and insults Maddy.

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Picture Perfect

By Jodi Picoult

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Anthropologist Cassie Barrett is swept off her feet by actor Alex Rivers when she serves as an advisor on his latest film. However, the picture-perfect Hollywood marriage is not as perfect as it seems. Alex has had a troubled life, and Cassie becomes the victim of his abuse.

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Purple Hibiscus

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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"In the city of Enugu, Nigeria, fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother, Jaja, lead a privileged life. Their Papa is a wealthy and respected businessman; they live in a beautiful house; and they attend an exclusive missionary school. But, as Kambili reveals in her tender-voiced account, their home life is anything but harmonious. Her father, a fanatically religious man, has impossible expectations of his children and wife, and severely punishes them if they're less than perfect. Home is silent and suffocating. When Kambili's loving and outspoken Aunty Ifeoma persuades her brother that the children should visit her in Nsukka, Kambili and Jaja take their first trip away from home.

"Once inside their Aunty Ifeoma's flat, they discover a whole new world. Books cram the shelves, curry and nutmeg permeate the air, and their cousins' laughter rings throughout the house. Jaja learns to garden and work with his hands, and Kambili secretly falls in love with a young charismatic priest. When a military coup threatens to destroy the country and Kambili and Jaja return home changed by their newfound freedom, tension within the family escalates."

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Rose Madder

By Stephen King

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Rosie Daniels flees her nightmare marriage to find refuge in a strange city, far from her brutal husband, Norman, whose relentless savagery and mad obsessions follow her to her sanctuary and drive her to transform herself to survive.
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