When Violence Begins at Home
by K.J. Wilson, Ed.D - a comprehensive guide to understanding and ending domestic abuse, written by a survivor for workers and survivors.
Dark Confessions of an Extraordinary, Ordinary Woman
by Jenn Sadai. The author's account of her life, from young child to teen to adulthood, and her struggles along the way when she finds herself in an abusive relationship. An inspirational story of strength in adversity.
Next Time She'll Be Dead
: Battering and How to Stop It, by Ann Jones - excellent book that covers many dimensions of domestic violence in the USA.
: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence, by Philip W. Cook - very informative book, covering a wide range of material, from interviews to support groups and legal advice.
Why Does He Do That?
: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men, by Lundy Bancroft, the former codirector of the nation's first program for abusive men, who has specialized in domestic violence for 15 years
When She Was Bad...
: Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence, by Patricia Pearson - shocking, yet carefully researched statistics of violence among females, and interesting conclusions. For example - the rate at which infants are murdered by women in the U.S. is higher than the rate at which women are murdered by men.
by Alice Sebold, who was raped as a college freshman, but the police said she was ''lucky.'' At least she wasn't murdered and dismembered like the girl before her. Now a journalist, Sebold describes the aftermath: PTSD, heroin addiction, and, finally, some measure of understanding.
Recovering From Rape
by Linda Ledray - practical advice on overcoming the trauma and coping with police, hospitals, and the courts - for the survivors of sexual assault and their families, lovers, and friends.
Sexual Assault: Will I Ever Feel Okay Again?
by Kay Scott - a Christian survivors' guide to healing from sexual assault. Author shares the pain, fear, shame, self-loathing and doubt, but also the courage, faith, friendship, support, and growth of her pathway.
I Never Called It Rape
by Robin Warshaw - the MS. report on recognizing, fighting, and surviving date and acquaintance rape.
Trauma and Recovery: From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror
by Judith Lewis Herman - an excellent classic.
I Can't Get Over it
: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors, by Aphrodite Matsakis Ph.D - explains PTSD thoroughly without jargon. Good sections on domestic violence and rape.