Suggested Readings

Are You the One for Me? Barbara DeAngelis.

Battered Wives. Del Martin. One of the first books written on this issue. A “classic.”

The Battered Woman. Lenore Walker. Another “classic” early book, comprehensive.

Battered Women: Living with the Enemy. Anna Kosof. Compilation of interviews of women of various ages, ethnic backgrounds, and educational levels telling their stories of lives filled with violence and fear. It is also a self-help book, which attempts to fully explain how and why this pattern develops. It includes early warning signs, a list of programs and organizations that provide assistance, facts about battering, myths about both the battered and the batterer, and information on how to end the cycle. (Also good for teenage readers).

Chain Chain Change. Evelyn White. Examines the influences of racism and sexism in the abusive situation.

Dating Violence: Young Women in Danger. Barrie Levy. Looks at issues surrounding abuse in the dating context.

Getting Free. Ginny Ni Carthy. Covers issues such as getting emergency help, identifying emotional abuse, deciding to leave or stay, protecting the children, economics of a single life, and being your own counselor.

Keeping the Faith. Marie Fortune. Deals with questions/concerns often raised by Christian women regarding abuse.

Major Sola Que Mal Acompanada. Myrna Zambrano. Spanish/English format. Latino Perspective. Issues: culture, religion, family, language, and economic barriers.

My Mom and Dad are Fighting. Sue Paris. For grade school children.

Naming the Violence: Speaking Out About Lesbian Battering. Edited by Kerry Label. Articles, essays, and personal stories about emotional and physical abuse in lesbian relationships.

New Beginnings. Sharon Doane. Using creative writing as part of the healing process, the book offers guidance, support, and concrete steps for rebuilding your self-confidence and rediscovering your personal strength and independence.

Next Time She’ll Be Dead. Ann Jones. An expose of the ways our society encourages violence against women with comprehensive suggestions for what we can all do to help stop it.

No Visible Wounds. Mary Susan Miller. Identifies the ways in which abusive men use emotional, psychological, social, and economic battery to manipulate and control their spouses.

The Ones Who Got Away. Ginny Ni Carthy. Stories of 33 women of all ages and backgrounds who left their abusive partners and remade their lives.

Ritual Abuse. Margaret Smith. This written account includes personal revelations from 52 survivors, a summary of national statistics, and compassionate guidance for the recovery process. Offers clear insights and hard facts on this most underestimated form of child abuse.

Something’s Wrong at My House. Diane Davis. For pre-teens.

Take Back the Night. Laura Lederer. Women on pornography.

The Verbally Abusive Relationship. Patricia Evans. Describes the many forms of verbal abuse and discusses how damaging it is and how it affects relationships. It will help you recognize verbal abuse and learn how to respond.

When Love Goes Wrong. Susan Shecter and Ann Jones.

Why does He Do That? Lundy Bancroft. Detailed book about why some men batter.