Domestic Violence: Fiction and Nonfiction

When Katie Wakes: A Memoir

By Connie May Fowler

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"In this piercing memoir, Fowler chronicles the emotional battery and physical abuse that marked her own passage to adulthood. She draws a searing portrait of growing up with her manipulative and needy mother, a woman unable to give the love and comfort every child has a right to expect. And then, as a young woman, Fowler found herself involved with a man whose behavior disturbingly echoed her mother’s. The man she lived with alternately displayed a desperate need for her or rejected her as if she were worse than useless. With heart-wrenching candor, Fowler records the abuse she suffered at his hands, from his constant attempts to undermine her self- confidence to his acts of brutal physical violence. The unconditional love Fowler longed for finally came–in the shape of an adoring Labrador puppy named Kateland. With Katie at her side, she was able to withstand her mistreatment and the crushing weight of her childhood and, miraculously, managed to create a small refuge from the horrors that surrounded her."
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When Violence Begins at Home: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Ending Domestic Abuse

By K. J. Wilson

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Contents:

Introduction -- The dynamics of abusive relationships -- The effects of family violence on children -- Teen dating violence -- The intimate relationship between substance abuse and domestic violence -- Battered women and the legal system -- Living underground -- The oppression that binds : barriers to living violence free -- For friends, family, and loved ones : when someone you know is being hurt -- Domestic violence and the workplace -- Battered women and their health : the response of the medical community -- Battered women and communities of faith -- Domestic violence and the military -- Creating a community response to domestic violence -- Intervention strategies for battered women and their children -- Advocacy and empowerment -- Intervention and prevention programs for batterers -- Loving ourselves : self-care for helpers -- The national domestic violence hotline -- A history of violence against women.

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Whispers

By Belva Plain

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Robert and Lynn Ferguson seem to have a perfect life. But behind the perfect appearance, things are very different. Not even their friends know the truth, although when they see Lynn’s bruises, they begin to suspect. Can Lynn find the courage to admit the truth?

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