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Domestic abuse book list

All of the books in this list are available to borrow and can be reserved and collected from any Medway library. If the title you need is not available at your local library, it can be delivered to any Medway library of your choice. You can arrange this by contacting your local library or by using the online library catalogue.

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Book list

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Breaking the Chains of Abuse: A Practical Guide. By Sue Atkinson

Sue Atkinson, author of the highly acclaimed Climbing Out of Depression and Building Self-Esteem, turns her attention to the subject of sexual and emotional abuse. Writing from her own experience, she gets alongside survivors to offer hope and guidance.

Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men. By Lundy Bancroft.

This volume offers women guidelines on how to improve and survive an abusive relationship, discussing various types of abusive men, analysing societal myths surrounding abuse, and answering questions about the warning signs of abuse.

Domestic Violence. Edited by Craig Donnellan.

This title in the 'Issues' series covers a range of topics on the theme of domestic violence including the cycle of abuse, abused men, the effects of domestic violence on children, and the sources of help available.

It's My Life Now: Starting Over After an Abusive Relationship or Domestic Violence. By Meg Kennedy Dugan and Roger R Hock.

This text is for women who have recently left an abusive relationship and are attempting to face the challenge of putting their lives back together. During this difficult period, women who have managed to leave the relationship are faced with the scary and daunting prospect of living independently, rebuilding self-esteem and self-worth, and learning how to establish healthy relationships in the future. Many are tempted to return to the abuser and have to mend or re-establish relationships with friends or family. This book provides accessible practical information on how to protect yourself once you've left the relationship, how to get through the difficult emotions that accompany leaving an abusive relationship, and includes exercises that are designed to help women monitor their emotional progress as they get further away from their old relationships.

I Can't Get Over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors. By Aphrodite Matsakis.

This text discusses the causes and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, tells how to identify situations that trigger attacks, and offers advice on recovering from rape, domestic violence, natural disasters, vehicular accidents, and combat experiences.

Invisible Women: True Stories of Courage and Survival. By Jacky Trevane.

In Fatwa, Jacky Trevane told her nightmare story of domestic abuse. Now in Invisible Women she tells the true stories of some of these women who have lost their identities and are forced to make the tough choice of remaining invisible to survive, or fight to be who they really are.