Domestic Violence: Fiction and Nonfiction

Saving Beauty From the Beast: How to Protect Your Daughter from an Unhealthy Relationship

By Vicki Crompton and Ellen Zelda Kessner

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"For parents who are concerned that their daughter is in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, here at last is a book based on personal experience and authoritative research that provides answers. Dating violence affects a huge number of teenage girls -- one in three girls between the ages of ten and eighteen reports having been assaulted by a boyfriend -- and can run the gamut from possessiveness to stalking to outright physical abuse. Often it is the girls with the highest self-esteem, those who believe they are in control of their lives and can bring out the best in their boyfriends, who find themselves in the grip of a relationship in which the tables have been turned."
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Scared Silent: The Mildred Muhammad Story

By Mildred Muhammad

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"Mildred Muhammad, the former wife of convicted 'D.C. sniper' John Muhammad, breaks her silence about the domestic violence she suffered during their marriage and the tragic events that occurred after their divorce, which led up to the October 2002 sniper killings in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area."

Includes discussion guide, listing of state coalitions against domestic violence, and a safety plan for victims in a domestic violence situation.

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Strange Fits of Passion

By Anita Shreve

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Although journalists Harold and Maureen English seem the have the perfect marriage, things are very different behind closed doors. When Maureen is severely beaten, she escapes to Maine with her infant daughter. But Harold follows right behind her.
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The Abusive Personality: Violence and Control in Intimate Relationships

By Donald G. Dutton

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"Are we missing the point in the treatment people who abuse others? According to Dutton (psychology, U. of British Columbia) abusers are not just acting out of emotions that lead to assuming inappropriate control. He has found in his research and practice that many have borderline personality characteristics and trauma symptoms requiring different approaches than many therapists currently follow.

"In this new edition, updated to reflect the latest theory and findings, Dutton takes into account earlier approaches to the treatment of abusers and the reasons why such approaches may or may not have been effective. He goes deeply into the data, describing what it says about rage, attachment, the cycle of violence. Longitudinal development and borderline disorders, and also examines female abusive personalities. He concludes by describing practical, cognitive-behavioral approaches in the treatment of those who assault.'

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The Color Purple

By Alice Walker

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Winner of the American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, this unforgettable portrait of a young black girl, her friends, family, and lovers is rich with passion, pain, inspiration, and an indomitable love of life.

On Film:
Be sure to check out the powerful 1985 movie version, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, and Whoopie Goldberg.

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The Domestic Violence Sourcebook

By Dawn Bradley Berry

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"A comprehensive, compassionate look at domestic violence--including historical, psychological, social, familial, and legal issues--this well-organized, accessible book offers the most current information available on prevention and recovery, along with practical steps for escaping a violent domestic situation."

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The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to Recognize It and How to Respond

By Patricia M. Evans

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Verbal abuse doesn't leave the same physical evidence as battery, but it can be just as painful, and can actually take longer to recover from. The new edition of this important reference covers the most recent developments in dealing with verbal abuse and answers the questions readers ask most on the subject.

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The Woman Who Walked into Doors

By Roddy Doyle

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The author of The Commitments and Paddy Clarke Ha-Ha-Ha, winner of the 1993 Booker Prize, tells the story of Paula Spencer, a woman approaching forty and struggling with alcoholism and a violent marriage. Paula Spencer is the sequel.

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To Be an Anchor in the Storm: A Guide for Families and Friends of Abused Women

By Susan Brewster

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"A comprehensive education on domestic violence--and the tools to intervene in a way that helps, not hurts. To Be an Anchor in the Storm is the first hands-on guide for people who want to assist a friend or loved one in her struggle to escape domestic violence. The survivor of a batterer herself, Susan Brewster has counseled abused women for more than a decade. Now she weaves together lessons from her own life and many case histories, including the complete story of a woman called Jackie, as she supports her sister's attempts to leave an abusive husband.

"Brewster will teach you how to recognize the signs of abuse, handle your own negative feelings, become an effective advocate, deal with the batterer, and more. Her compassionate book will give you the understanding you need to give strength to women who are trying to break free."

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When Dad Hurts Mom: Helping Your Children to Heal the Wounds of Witnessing Abuse

By Lundy Bancroft

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"...offers comfort, understanding, and a concrete plan of action to any woman concerned about the distress being caused to her children by her angry, controlling, or abusive partner. Written for mothers, this book aims to enlighten women about the effects of abuse on children, how an abusive partner distorts familial relationships, and what can be done about it."
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