Domestic Violence: Fiction and Nonfiction

Violence against women is a global problem, affecting people all over the world. Often the violence is domestic abuse, or physical or emotional abuse within an intimate relationship. These books will help you learn more about this serious issue. To seek help for yourself or someone you love call the Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-838-8238.

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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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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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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