October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To those who are in need of assistance, here are some helpful resources.
- The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence
- Through These Doors
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline
For those who would like to know more about the issue of domestic violence, here is a list of books that will help shed some light on this important subject matter.
Surviving Domestic Violence: A Guide to Healing Your Soul and Building Your Future
by Danielle F. Wozniak
You’re free, strong, and capable. You made the choice to be a survivor and not a victim. But your life from here on out should be about more than just getting by. Written by women who have taken a similar journey, Surviving Domestic Violence helps you find your path toward healing, change, and the future you’ve always wanted.
Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival
by Kelly Sundberg
In this brave and beautiful memoir, written with the raw honesty and devastating openness of The Glass Castle and The Liar’s Club, a woman chronicles how her marriage devolved from a love story into a shocking tale of abuse—examining the tenderness and violence entwined in the relationship, why she endured years of physical and emotional pain, and how she eventually broke free.
“You made me hit you in the face,” he said mournfully.
“Now everyone is going to know.” “I know,” I said. “I’m sorry.”
Abused Men: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence
by Philip W. Cook
After laying the groundwork for a serious reconsideration of how society views domestic violence, Cook allows a number of abused men to tell their stories. He then puts these experiences in the context of what therapists and others who have worked with such men know about domestic violence and how the male victim is similar to, yet different from, his female counterpart.
Can my partner abuse me and still be a good parent? Should I stay with my partner for my children’s sake? How should I talk to my children about the abuse and help them heal? Am I a bad mother?
Mothers in physically or emotionally abusive relationships ask themselves these questions every day. Here, a counselor reveals how abusers interact with and manipulate children-and how mothers can help their children recover from the trauma of witnessing abuse.
This book, the first ever of its kind, shows mothers how to:
Protect children and help them heal emotionally
Provide love, support, and positive role models, even in the midst of abuse
Increase their chances of winning custody
Help their kids feel good about themselves.
Helping Her Get Free: A Guide for Families and Friends of Abused Women
by Susan Brewster
The survivor of an abusive relationship herself, Brewster teaches readers how to recognize the signs of abuse, handle negative feelings, become an effective advocate, deal with the abuser, and more. This compassionate book is just as timely and important as ever, offering the information needed to give strength to women who are trying to break free.
Verbal abuse survivors speak out
by Patricia Healy Evans
If your partner: seems irritated or angry at you several times a week, denies being angry when he clearly is, does not work with you to resolve important issues, rarely or never seems to share thoughts or plans with you, or tells you that he has no idea what you’re talking about when you try to discuss important problems…you need this book.Verbal Abuse: Survivors Speak Out outlines solutions to abusive relationships, tells victims where to find shelters and support groups, and analyzes why many therapists misdiagnose problems in violent relationships.
Invincible: The 10 Lies You Learn Growing Up with Domestic Violence, and the Truths to Set You Free
by Brian F. Martin
“When you grow up living with domestic violence, witnessing those you love tear each other down with physical and verbal blows, your brain doesn’t know how to deal with that.”—From the Foreword by Tony Robbins
According to UNICEF, growing up with domestic violence is one of the most pervasive human rights violations in the world, affecting more than a billion people. Yet, too few people are aware of the profound impact it can have.