Sunday, May 23, 2010

5 Recently Published Books Domestic Violence Programs Should Have on Their Shelves

If you have been a reader of this blog for any length of time you know well how I feel about sharing information with all staff and volunteers and ensuring materials and learning opportunities are readily available. Hopefully every DV program has a reference library for staff members. Hopefully every DV program keeps materials updated and is receptive to suggestions in growing and enhancing your knowledge hub.

Along with the classics such as  Getting Free: You Can End Abuse and Take Back Your Life (New Leaf)
by Ginny NiCarthy, some newer books that should be included  and available to staff and volunteers are:

Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others
by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky – If you can only afford to purchase one item for the library this year, this is the book it should be. Written with humor and grace by a long time advocate, social worker and educator who understands the effects of doing advocacy work, both obvious and unseen. I cannot say enough about this helpful book ( a full review will be in a future post) and, if possible, more than one copy should be ordered.

Time's Up: How to Escape Abusive and Stalking Relationships Guide
 by Susan Murphy Milano – Full of step –by – step tools to assist victims escaping violence. See review HERE.

 Judging Victims: Why We Stigmatize Survivors, and How They Reclaim Respect
by Jennifer L. Dunn – from 'Why didn't she resist?' 'Why is he telling us only now?' 'Why can't she move on?' Unpacking the questions that cast victims as deviants, Jennifer Dunn critically examines why we stigmatize survivors of rape, battering, incest, and clergy abuse - and how they reclaim their identities. Dunn explores the shifting perceptions over time of victims as blameworthy, blameless, pathetic, or heroic figures. She also links those images to their real-world consequences, demonstrating that they dominate the ways in which people think about intimate violence and individual responsibility.

Dangerous Exits: Escaping Abusive Relationships in Rural America (Critical Issues in Crime and Society)
 by Walter S. DeKeseredy and Martin D. Schwartz -  highlights the often under-researched, over neglected area of how battered women living in rural areas leave abusive relationships

 Dream Big: A Simple, Complicated Idea to Stop Family Violence
by Casey Gwinn with contributions by Gael Strack - "Casey Gwinn's work with women and families that are survivors of domestic abuse is nothing short of extraordinary. I have been inspired by his vision and dedication to ending the cycle of violence against women in this country and I hope Dream Big will inspire others as well."
-- Reese Witherspoon, Actress, Avon Global Ambassador


  1. A book I think worth including is The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker.

    Women often ignore their gut and even more so when they are subjected to domestic violence.

    This is not specifically a domestic violence book but I think it's message is important. It also deals with the issue of stalking.

  2. Thank you for mentioning Gift of Fear. Gavin de Becker continues to save lives:
    This post was to showcase some recently published books but Gift of Fear belongs on shelves for both staff and survivors.


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