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The Batterer as Parent: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics. Lundy Bancroft & Jay Silverman, $69.95

The Batterer as Parent takes the reader inside of homes affected by domestic violence, imparting an understanding of the atmosphere that battering men create for the children who live with them. Bancroft and Silverman show how partner abuse affects each relationship in a family, and explains how children's emotional recovery is inextricably linked to the healing and empowerment of their mothers. The authors cover the important but often-overlooked area of the post-separation parenting behaviours of men who batter, including their use of custody litigation as a tool of abuse. Readers also are guided in evaluating change in the parenting of men who batter, assessing risk to children from unsupervised visitation, and supporting the emotional recovery of children. Although the book is written primarily for professionals, its accessible style makes it engaging and useful for abused mothers and anyone else wishing to assist children exposed to battering.


Breaking Free, Starting Over: Parenting in the Aftermath of Family Violence. Christina Dalpiaz, $29.95

The emotional terrorism that infuses violence between adults affects not only the adult victims but also the children who witness the abuse. Safeguarding children, building trust and breaking the cycle of violence is the goal of Breaking Free. It will interest not only parents who are victims of family violence, but also foster parents dealing with the aftermath of family violence, counselors, teachers, social workers, clergy, and students of the behavioral sciences.


But He’ll Change: End the Thinking That Keeps You in an Abusive Relationship. Joanna Hunter, $17.50

A survivor of domestic violence offers women the tools needed to work through the excuses they tell themselves that keep them in abusive relationships and to make positive changes in their lives.

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Child to Parent Violence and Abuse: Family Interventions with Non-Violent Resistance. Declan Coogan, $45.95

Providing an authoritative overview of the growing phenomena of child to parent violence — a feature in the daily life of increasing numbers of families — this book outlines what we know about it, what is effective in addressing it, and outlines a proven model for intervention.

Based on non-violent resistance (NVR), the model is founded on a number of key elements: parental commitment to non-violence, de-escalation skills, increased parental presence, engaging the support network and acts of reconciliation. The book outlines the theory and principles, and provides pragmatic guidance for implementing these elements, accompanied by case studies to bring the theory to life.


Children Exposed to Violence. Edited by Margaret M. Feerick & Gerald B. Silverman, $53.95

In the past decade, children’s exposure to violence has attracted more public interest and media attention than ever before. Addressing this problem requires a comprehensive, focused research agenda. This timely, practical resource brings current research together, identifies gaps in our understanding of the effects of exposure to violence on children, and sets a direction for future research to support interventions and violence prevention. Focusing on three major types of violence — war and terrorism, domestic violence and community violence — two dozen foremost authorities discuss and assess up-to-date statistics and research on the prevalence of each type of violence in the lives of children from birth to age 17.


Children Who See Too Much: Lessons from the Child Witness to Violence Project. Betsy McAlister Groves, $24.00

This book shows how children understand, respond to, and are affected by violence, especially domestic violence. Groves makes the powerful case that traumatic events carried out by family members carry the most severe psychological risks for very young children. She uses clinical case studies to show that being young does not protect against the lasting effects of witnessing violence, and she offers ways adults can help.


Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma: Healing from Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence, and Domestic Abuse. Christiane Sanderson, $33.95

COUNSELLING SKILLS FOR WORKING WITH TRAUMA is a practical, introductory guide to counselling survivors of child abuse, neglect, rape, sexual violence, sexual trafficking, religious sexual abuse, and domestic abuse. Written in an accessible style, it provides a comprehensive introduction to complex trauma accompanied by advice on how to create a safe environment in which survivors can learn the skills to restore control over trauma symptoms, to aid healing and post traumatic growth. The book covers all of the key principles including: understanding the role of dissociation in complex trauma; the role of attachment; managing flashbacks, panic attacks, nightmares and dissociation; responding to shame and guilt; managing relationships; and the impact of working with complex trauma. It explores how practitioners can work more effectively with trauma, and offers techniques and skills which can easily be integrated into different therapeutic models.

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Cruel But Not Unusual: Violence in Canadian Families, 2nd Edition. Ramona Alaggia & Cathy Vince, Editors, $52.99

Violence in families and intimate relationships affects a significant proportion of the population — from very young children to the elderly — with far-reaching and often devastating consequences. CRUEL BUT NOT UNUSUAL draws on the expertise of scholars and practitioners to present readers with the latest research and thinking about the history, theory, and impact of violence throughout the life course and across diverse groups and communities. For this new edition, chapters have been revised to reflect developments in research, practice and legislation. New chapters offer additional perspectives and topics including the interrelationship of trauma and resilience, putting gender back into the family violence equation, and re-examining violence against women by bringing in voices from the margins. While advancing new research and theoretical developments, these additions echo the book’s central goal of engaging readers in a collective effort to use knowledge to end violence.


The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Anger: Using DBT Mindfulness & Emotion Regulation Skills to Manage Anger. Alexander Chapman & Kim Gratz, $36.95

Do you struggle with anger? Is it hurting your relationships and holding you back from living the life you want? This book offers powerful, proven-effective dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) skills to help you understand and manage anger before it gets the better of you.

Anger is a natural human emotion, and everyone feels it at some point in their lives. But if you suffer from chronic anger, it can throw your life out of balance and wreak havoc on relationships with family, friends, romantic partners, and work colleagues. So, how can you get your anger under control before it causes real consequences?

Written by two world-renowned researchers in the field of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Anger offers evidence-based skills designed to help you understand, accept, and regulate chronic anger and other intense emotions. DBT is a powerful and proven-effective treatment for regulating intense emotions such as anger. With its dialectical focus on acceptance and change, its roots in basic behavioral and emotion science, and its practical, easy-to-use skills, DBT provides a unique and effective approach for understanding and managing anger.


Domestic Violence and Children: a Handbook for Schools and Early Years Settings. Abigail Sterne & Liz Poole, $40.95

Domestic Violence and Children draws on the expertise of a wide range of professionals, including specialist domestic violence children’s workers and counsellors, psychologists, teachers, mentors and family support workers. It provides essential help and information to all children’s service directorates, as well as a range of professionals in education, social care, health and the voluntary sector.

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Don't Hit My Mommy! A Manual for Child-Parent Psychotherapy with Young Witnesses of Family Violence. Alicia Lieberman & Patricia Van Horn, $34.95

This practical handbook offers treatment guidelines to address the behavioral and mental health problems of young children whose most intimate relationships are disrupted by the experience of violence. Practitioners from a variety of disciplines will gain an understanding of the impact of violence and will discover concrete intervention strategies to address the consequences of this experience for young children.


Family Violence and Nursing Practice. Janice Humphreys & Jacquelyn Campbell, $113.50

Nurses too often encounter battered women, abused children, and other victims of family violence in hospital and emergency room settings. Nurses therefore have a unique and important role to play in the prevention, identification, and mitigation of violence. This newly revised second edition is a landmark resource that provides comprehensive, nursing-focused coverage of intimate partner violence (IPV), child abuse, and more.

This textbook provides a detailed overview of all types of family and other violence, including IPV, same-sex IPV, abuse during pregnancy, intimate partner homicide, stalking, violence against women with disabilities, dating violence, child abuse, children witnessing violence, sexual assault of both children and adults, and elder abuse. The book offers both graduate and undergraduate nursing students a clear view of the essential theories, interventions, and issues surrounding nursing and family violence-presenting an approach that empowers nurses to contribute to the prevention of this worldwide health problem.


Handbook of Anger Management and Domestic Violence Offender Treatment, 2nd Edition. Ronald Potter-Efron, $59.95

Ronald Potter-Efron consciously connects anger management and domestic violence, two long separated fields, and addresses treatment options and intervention methods that meet the needs of individual clients, couples, families, and groups. Therapists, counselors, social workers, and other treatment specialists will find this book a useful overview and reference for anger and anger management techniques as well as domestic violence approaches. This new edition is split into four distinct sections:

  • A description of anger and domestic violence focused upon helping clients use the principles of neuroplasticity to dramatically alter their behavior
  • Assessment for anger problems and/or domestic violence
  • Group treatment for individuals with anger problems and/or domestic violence
  • Individual, couples, and family treatment of these concerns

Woven through this book is a fair and balanced treatment of gender issues, reflected in the diversity of case examples that address jealousy, chronic anger, behavioral problems, group and individual counseling, and more. Readers are also shown how anger develops and can lead to verbal and physical outbursts, the five types of rage reactions, and how to treat anger turned inward. Potter-Efron also details four different approaches to treating anger: behavioral, cognitive, affective, and existential/spiritual. Mental health professionals are provided numerous questionnaires and worksheets to utilize with their clients. Handbook of Anger Management and Domestic Violence Offender Treatment is an essential guidebook that illustrates effective theory and practice.

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Healing the Bruises. Lori Morgan, $16.95

Julia and her mother move to a shelter and then a new apartment, because her father is physically abusing her mother. Follow Julia’s journey as she grieves her loss, but grows comfortable with her new home, school, and friends.


Healing the Trauma of Abuse: a Women's Workbook. Mary Ellen Copeland & Maxine Harris, $29.95

Trauma can turn your world upside down; afterward, nothing may look safe or familiar. And, if you are a woman, studies show that you are twice as likely as your male counterparts to suffer from the effects of a traumatic event sometime during your life. Whether the trauma is physical, sexual, or emotional, these events can overwhelm you, destroying your sense of being in control and altering your attachments to others. If left unaddressed, the resulting psychological trauma can lead you to a wide range of destructive symptoms like anxiety, depression, substance abuse, phobias, personality disorders, flashbacks, emotional numbing, and nightmares. This book offers proven-effective, step-by-step exercises you can use to work through and minimize the consequences of a traumatic event.


Healing the Trauma of Domestic Violence: a Workbook for Women. Edward Kubany, et al, $29.95

Many women who free themselves from violent domestic situations experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) long after they achieve physical and emotional safety. A ringing telephone or a crowded city street threatens a potential encounter with their abuser. People they care for seem far away, and things they used to enjoy offer neither pleasure nor relief. Their long, sleepless nights drag on. If you’ve freed yourself from an abusive relationship but still suffer from its effects, this program of trauma recovery techniques can help you take back your peace of mind. Based on a clinically proven set of techniques called cognitive trauma therapy (CTT), the exercises in this workbook will help you address feelings of guilt, anger, depression, anxiety, and stress. You'll learn how to break down the negative thoughts that might be cycling in your mind and how to replace them with positive, constructive affirmations. Later in the program, you'll be guided through controlled exposure to abuse reminders, which will enable you to face the fears you might otherwise spend a lifetime avoiding. The program begins and ends with techniques for becoming your own best advocate — an informed, confident person with all the strength you need to create the secure, fulfilling life you deserve.

  • Recognize the effects of trauma on your life
  • Let go of anger, stress, shame, and guilt
  • Change core beliefs that can lead to involvement in abusive relationships
  • Confront and overcome your fears
  • Dispel feelings of helplessness
  • Avoid future involvement with potential abusers

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Health Consequences of Abuse in the Family: a Clinical Guide for Evidence-Based Practice. Edited by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, $26.95

HEALTH CONSEQUENCES OF ABUSE IN THE FAMILY translates research into practice by examining the intersection of family violence and health. Specifically this volume looks at the healthcare needs of people who have experienced abuse and subsequently have related chronic diseases and conditions.

HEALTH CONSEQUENCES OF ABUSE IN THE FAMILY broadly summarizes research and clinical cases and offers practical suggestions to the psychologists and other healthcare providers working in a variety of settings. Chapters address the implications for clinical practice as well as review relevant studies and provide additional resources. In addition, the special needs of children with disabilities, elders, and women are discussed.


Hearing Young People Talk about Witnessing Domestic Violence. Susan Collis, $34.95

This book explores the cases of five young people who have been victims of domestic violence. Allowing the young people to speak out in their own voices, it provides deep insight into how their experiences have affected their emotional behaviour, the complexities of issues related to it and those aspects of support which provide the greatest benefit to them. Author Susan Collis emphasizes the importance of giving voice to victims of domestic violence and highlights the importance of acknowledging the emotional and spiritual lives of victims in order to provide holistic support and understanding, and it's potential to instigate healing. HEARING YOUNG PEOPLE TALK ABOUT WITNESSING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE is a vital resource for mental health professionals, social care workers, school counsellors and all professionals working in the field of domestic abuse.


Helping Her Get Free: a Guide for Families and Friends of Abused Women. Susan Brewster, $16.95

Helping Her Get Free shows readers how to recognize the signs of abuse in, handle negative feelings, become an effective advocate, deal with the abuser, and more. With a new introduction and updated resource section, this straightforward and compassionate book offers the information needed to help give strength to women who are trying to break free.

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How Are You Feeling Today Baby Bear? Exploring Big Feelings after Living in a Stormy Home. Jane Evans, $19.95 (ages 2-6)

Baby Bear lives in a home with the Big Bears, and loves to chase butterflies and make mud pies — they make Baby Bear's tummy fill with sunshine. Then, one night, Baby Bear hears a big storm downstairs in the house and in the morning, Baby Bear's tummy starts to feel grey and rainy. How will such a small bear cope with these big new feelings?

This sensitive, charming storybook is written to help children who have lived with violence at home to begin to explore and name their feelings. Accompanied by notes for adults on how to use each page of the story to start conversations, it also features fun games and activities to help to understand and express difficult emotions. It will be a useful book for social workers, counsellors, domestic violence workers and all grown-ups working with children.


How Intimate Partner Violence Affects Children: Developmental Research, Case Studies and Evidence-Based Intervention. Sandra Graham-Bermann & Alytia Levendosky, Editors, $75.95

Intimate partner violence (IPV) exposure affects children's physical health, social and emotional behavior, cognitive functioning, and neurobiological and relational development. Using a developmental framework, this book presents the most up-to-date research on how exposure to IPV affects children and how clinicians can treat these children. It combines outcome research, evidence-based interventions, and case study material for four different age groups: prenatal to infancy, toddler to early childhood, school-age children, and adolescents.


In Love and In Danger: a Teen’s Guide to Breaking Free of Abusive Relationships. Barrie Levy, $16.95

This book is for teenagers and parents of teens who have questions about abusive dating relationships. In Love and In Danger helps teens understand abusive dating situations, decide how to deal with them and learn how to get help. Providing useful information, practical advice and revealing interviews with teens, this newly revised edition includes a new afterword for parents and a resource sections with information on books, websites and organizations teens can turn to for help.

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In the Name of Love: Women’s Narratives of Love and Abuse. Heather Fraser, $44.95

Using a feminist narrative approach, stories about love, abuse, and social work are told with the purpose of understanding domestic violence and other forms of abuse. Based on interviews with 84 women of varying ages in Canada and Australia, the author shows how the pain and shame of intimate abuse can leave its mark on the bodies, minds, and souls of victims/survivors long after abusive episodes have ended. Additionally, Fraser also discusses the importance of hope, ‘enlightened witnesses’, income support, and educational opportunities for women who refuse to renounce love relationships altogether, but are instead, trying to foster relationships that are respectful as well as erotic.


In Search of a Safe Place: Abused Women and Culturally Sensitive Services. Vijay Agnew, $28.95

Marginalized in the larger society and the mainstream women's movement, immigrant women are also outsiders in women's shelters, where racially sensitive and linguistically appropriate counselling is generally unavailable. In this book, Vijay Agnew documents the struggles of Canadian women's centres to provide better services to victims of wife abuse from Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.

The study looks at every aspect of community-based women's organizations, including their funding, operation, and services. The result is a detailed picture of the problems and challenges they encounter on a daily basis. Agnew uses case studies, reports, and interviews to document the work of these groups and to show how race, class, and gender intersect in the everyday lives of the women who depend on them.

Although the women's movement initiated public discussion of wife abuse, the fight against abuse is now conducted primarily by the state through its allocation of resources. Agnew underscores the tension that often arises between the patriarchal state and feminist-inspired organizations, and the resulting difficulties in bringing about social change.

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It's My Life Now: Starting Over After an Abusive Relationship or Domestic Violence. Meg Kennedy Dugan & Roger Hock, $25.95

Survivors of domestic abuse know that leaving is not the end of the nightmare. It is the beginning of an often difficult and challenging journey toward healing and happiness. It’s My Life Now offers readers the practical guidance, emotional reassurance, and psychological awareness that survivors of relationship abuse and domestic violence need to heal and reclaim their lives after leaving their abusers.


Invincible: the 10 Lies You Learn Growing Up with Domestic Violence and the Truths to Set You Free. Brian Martin, $32.00

INVINCIBLE seeks to change this lack of awareness and understanding with a compelling look at this important issue, informing and inspiring anyone who grew up living with domestic violence — and those who love them, work with them, teach them, and mentor them. Through powerful first-person stories, including the author’s own experiences, as well as insightful commentary based on the most recent social science and psychology research, INVINCIBLE not only offers a deeper understanding of the concerns and challenges of domestic violence, but also provides proven strategies everyone can use to reclaim their lives and futures.


The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help. Jackson Katz, $22.99

The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help makes the case that violence against women is a male issue as well as a female one, and that men have an obligation to better understand it and to do something about it. Pioneering anti-violence educator Jackson Katz offers cogent explanations for why so many men harass and hurt women - including those women closest to them - and he shows both women and men what they can do to stop the violence. The book incorporates the voices and experiences of women and men who have confronted the problem of gender violence from all angles, specifically highlighting what works and what does not work in dealing with this issue. By working together as allies, Katz shows both men and women how they can end the abuse and mistreatment of women.

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Mothering in Marginalized Contexts: Narratives of Women Who Mother In and Through Domestic Violence. Caroline McDonald-Harker, $34.95

Mothering in Marginalized Contexts provides a rare and in-depth examination of the narratives, experiences, and lived realities of abused mothers.  Based on a qualitative research study conducted with 29 abused mothers residing in abused women’s shelters in Calgary, Alberta, the author highlights the ways that these mothers experience the dominant ideology of intensive mothering, negotiate the resulting discourses of the “good” and the “bad” mother, and ultimately find ways to exercise agency, resistance, and empowerment in and through their mothering.

These mothers are not passive victims, but rather are active agents who resist and question the idealized standards of intensive mothering as being restrictive and unachievable; who view their mothering in a positive light even though they have lived and mothered in social milieus deemed outside the boundaries of acceptable mothering. Particular attention is given to the ways that intersections of gender, race, and social class shape and influence abused mothers constructions of their mothering identities. Mothering in Marginalized Contexts is a movement towards the empowerment of all mothers, regardless of differences in their lives and social circumstances.


Picking Up the Pieces after Domestic Violence: a Practical Resource for Supporting Parenting Skills. Kate Iwi & Chris Newman, $38.95

This practical guide provides techniques and exercises to help practitioners work in a structured and focused way with parents in the aftermath of a violent relationship. It sets out a framework for assessing risks and needs, and covers how to build strengths, set goals, and plan an intervention pathway. Advice, exercises and handouts that are easily photocopied will help parents understand the impact of domestic violence and develop their relationship with their child. The resource also covers how to use discipline, talking to children, understanding child development, and how to build resilience and empathy. Guidance on working with both the perpetrator and the victim of domestic violence is included.

This invaluable resource will benefit child and family social workers, children's centre workers, therapists, counsellors and anyone supporting a family recovering from the trauma of domestic violence.


Rebuilding Lives after Domestic Violence: Understanding Long-Term Outcomes. Hilary Abrahams, $32.95

Rebuilding Lives after Domestic Violence examines in-depth the long-term outcomes for women who have suffered domestic violence and abuse, based on interviews conducted over seven years.

Through these interviews the author reveals the factors which help or hinder a successful transition from abusive relationship to independent living. The women interviewed provide an insight into the lengthy and difficult process of rebuilding their lives, and offer messages and advice to those working with women who have endured similar experiences. The author examines issues the women commonly face such as finding safe and independent accommodation, building practical and emotional support systems and relationships, and issues surrounding their children. She also discusses service provision and draws together the factors that contribute to a successful and independent life.

This unique book will be essential reading for all those involved in working with women who have experienced domestic violence and abuse as well as those responsible for service provision and policy development.

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A Safe Place for Women: Surviving Domestic Abuse and Creating a Successful Future. Kelly White, $23.95

A Safe Place for Women is an inspiring story of overcoming abuse and a guide to surviving and thriving. The book highlights the many new forms of support and security available to women today.


Something Is Wrong at My House: a Book about Parents' Fighting. Diane Davis $11.95 (ages 6-9)

How can kids understand — and cope — when their parents fight? Based on a true story, this 32-page book shows a child seeking, and finally obtaining, help in a domestic violence situation. Written so that it can be used with both the very young, and the school-age child, SOMETHING IS WRONG AT MY HOUSE provides brief text with illustrations on one page of each two-page spread, and more detailed information on the facing page. Ideal for use by school nurses, counselors, social workers and teachers, and by therapists, and the staff in shelters.


Stick Up for Yourself! Every Kid's Guide to Personal Power and Positive Self-Esteem. Gershen Kaufman & Lev Raphael, $18.99 (ages 8-12)

Newly revised and updated, it’s the ultimate resource for any kid who’s ever been picked on at school, bossed around, blamed for things he or she didn’t do, or treated unfairly — and for any kid who sometimes feels frustrated, angry, powerless, or scared. Simple words and real-life examples show how children can stick up for themselves with other kids (including bullies and teasers), big sisters and brothers, even grown-ups.

Kids learn how to build relationships, become responsible, manage their anger, grow a “feelings vocabulary," make good choices, solve problems, set goals, and "store" happiness and pride. Questions from real kids are paired with answers about how to handle specific situations calmly, confidently, and effectively. A special note to parents and teachers explores the "self-esteem backlash" and explains what self-esteem really is — and why kids today need it more than ever.

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The STOP Domestic Violence Program: Group Leader's Manual. David Wexler, $34.00

A successful all-in-one program for treating domestic violence offenders, this comprehensive instruction manual teaches group leaders how to effectively and successfully administer David Wexler’s trusted program. The treatment integrates cognitive behavioral skills and a client-centered, skill-building approach that engages the abuser in his own healing process.

The STOP Program: Handouts and Homework, 3rd Edition. David Wexler, $12.99

Fully integrated with the STOP Domestic Violence program, these handouts are critical to keeping participants actively engaged in overcoming their abusive tendencies. Packaged as functional loose-leaf sheets, they can be added, removed, or rearranged to suit the needs of any group leader administering the program.

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Talking about Domestic Abuse: a Photo Activity Workbook to Develop Communication Between Mothers and Young People. Cathy Humphreys, et al, $35.95

Talking About Domestic Abuse is an activity pack for children of 9 years and above and adolescents where families have experienced domestic abuse, to help and encourage them to open up to their mothers about their experiences. A practical and compassionate tool for use by therapists, social workers and other professionals helping the families of domestic violence.


Talking to My Mum: a Picture Workbook for Workers, Mothers and Children Affected by Domestic Abuse. Cathy Humphreys et al, $35.95

Talking to My Mum is an activity pack for 5– to 8-year-olds whose families have experienced domestic abuse, to help and encourage them to open up to their mothers about their distressing experiences … an essential tool for families with children who have lived through domestic abuse, as well as social workers and other professionals working with them.


A Terrible Thing Happened: a Story for Children Who Have Witnessed Violence or Trauma. Margaret Holmes, Illustrated by Cary Pillo, $13.50

Sherman Smith saw the most terrible thing happen. At first he tried to forget about it, but soon something inside him started to bother him. He felt nervous for no reason. Sometimes his stomach hurt. He had bad dreams. And he started to feel angry and do mean things, which got him in trouble. Then he met Ms. Maple, who helped him talk about the terrible thing that he had tried to forget. Now Sherman is feeling much better.

This gently told and tenderly illustrated story is for children who have witnessed any kind of violent or traumatic episode, including physical abuse, school or gang violence, accidents, homicide, suicide, and natural disasters such as floods or fire. An afterword by Sasha J. Mudlaff written for parents and other caregivers offers extensive suggestions for helping traumatized children, including a list of other sources that focus on specific events.

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The TurnAround Mom: How an Abuse and Addiction Survivor Stopped the Toxic Cycle for Her Family and How You Can, Too! Carey Sipp, $18.95

If you grew up in a dysfunctional, abusive, or addictive home, you are intimately familiar with violence, uncertainty, and suppressing your feelings. What you may not know, though, is how to create a sane, structured, and serene home for your own family when you never experienced these things yourself. Now you can. Part courageous memoir, part influential how-to guide, The TurnAround Mom offers the tools you need to end the legacy of toxicity. With chilling vignettes from author Carey Sipp's own abusive past, plus the tips and techniques she used to turn her life — and the lives of her children — around, this stirring story will be the daily touchstone that you and your family deserve.


Understanding Adult Survivors of Domestic Violence in Childhood:  Still Forgotten, Still Hurting. Gill Hague, $31.95

Domestic violence experienced in childhood continues to have an enduring emotional impact into adulthood. The scars it leaves can impact on family lives, employment, and long-term emotional and mental health. This book explores the experiences of adult survivors of domestic violence in childhood, and brings together current research, best practice guidance, personal testimonies, and creative writing from survivors. The book addresses how to work with children exposed to domestic violence to address the issues before they grow up, as well as guidance on working with adult survivors.


Violent Partners: a Breakthrough Plan for Ending the Cycle of Abuse. Linda Mills, $21.50

A radical new take on the crisis of intimate abuse, Violent Partners argues that as a culture we misunderstand the root causes and basic effects of abuse, and until that changes, there is no hope of fixing the problem.

Controversial, provocative, and accessible, Violent Partners highlights in great detail the complexities of violence through the stories of men and women who have acknowledged their abuse and sought to do something about it. This is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand violence in their own relationship, friends and family members of victims and abusers, and legal and mental health practitioners looking for a new and valuable approach to treating families in crisis.

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A Volcano in My Tummy: Helping Children to Handle Anger. Elaine Whitehouse & Warwick Pudney. $14.95

A creative and effective approach to helping 6- to 15-year-olds handle their anger so that they can live successfully, healthily, happily and nonviolently, with motivation, without fear and with good relationships. An accessible resource book for teachers, parents and all who care for children, it is full of stories, and easy-to-use games and exercises which are clearly described, indicating appropriate age levels, teaching strategies, materials and procedures to follow, with worksheets for the childrens' use.


When Dad Hurts Mom: Helping Your Children Heal the Wounds of Witnessing Abuse. Lundy Bancroft, $24.00

In When Dad Hurts Mom, leading abuse expert Lundy Bancroft shares the wisdom and insight he has gained through sixteen years as a therapist for angry and controlling men and their partners … he reveals how abusers interact with and manipulate their children, what children learn from their behavior and how mothers can protect their children and help them recover from the trauma of witnessing abuse. (from the back cover)


When Violence Begins at Home: a Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Ending Domestic Abuse. K.J. Wilson, $33.95

This extensive reference provides victims of abuse and their caregivers with guidance on everything from indicators of an abusive relationship to advice on leaving an abusive partner, from anti-burnout tips for helpers and social workers to current trends in domestic violence prevention. This new edition includes current research in the parenting behaviors of batterers, drug-facilitated sexual assault (also known as date rape drugs), stalking, cyber-stalking, pregnancy and domestic violence, and the effectiveness of batterer intervention programs. Controversial issues such as mutual battering, child welfare and “failure to protect” policies, child custody and visitation rights for batterers, mandatory arrests, and welfare reform have also been addressed in this edition. Two new chapters devote attention to domestic violence in the military and to the challenging — and rewarding — role of those who work with battered women and their children.

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Books for Kids and Teens

Healing the Bruises. Lori Morgan, $16.95

How Are You Feeling Today Baby Bear? Exploring Big Feelings after Living in a Stormy Home. Jane Evans, $19.95 (ages 2-6)

In Love and In Danger: a Teen's Guide to Breaking Free of Abusive Relationships. Barrie Levy, $16.95 (ages 14+)

Something Is Wrong at My House: a Book about Parents' Fighting. Diane Davis $11.95 (ages 6-9)

Stick Up for Yourself! Every Kid's Guide to Personal Power and Positive Self-Esteem. Gershen Kaufman & Lev Raphael, $18.99 (ages 8-12)

A Terrible Thing Happened. Margaret Holmes, $13.50 (ages 4-8)

A Volcano in My Tummy: Helping Children to Handle Anger. Eliane Whitehouse & Warwick Pudney, $14.95 (ages 6-12)

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Resources for Families & Friends

Breaking Free, Starting Over: Parenting in the Aftermath of Family Violence. Christina Dalpiaz, $29.95

But He'll Change: End the Thinking That Keeps You in an Abusive Relationship. Joanna Hunter, $17.50

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Anger: Using DBT Mindfulness and Emotion Regulation Skills to Manage Anger. Alexander Chapman, Kim Gratz, Marsha Linehan, $36.95

Healing the Trauma of Abuse: a Women's Workbook. Mary Ellen Copeland & Maxine Harris, $37.95

Healing the Trauma of Domestic Violence: a Workbook for Women. Edward Kubany, et al, $34.95

Helping Her Get Free: a Guide for Families and Friends of Abused Women. Susan Brewster, $19.50

In the Name of Love: Women's Narratives of Love and Abuse. Heather Fraser, $49.95

Invincible: the 10 Lies You Learn Growing Up with Domestic Violence and the Truths to Set You Free. Brian Martin, $21.95

It's My Life Now: Starting Over After an Abusive Relationship or Domestic Violence. Meg Kennedy Dugan & Roger Hock, $25.95

The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help. Jackson Katz, $32.99

A Safe Place for Women: Surviving Domestic Abuse and Creating a Successful Future. Kelly White, $23.95

Talking about Domestic Abuse: a Photo Activity Workbook to Develop Communication Between Mothers and Young People. Cathy Humphreys, et al, $35.95

Talking to My Mum: a Picture Workbook for Workers, Mothers and Children Affected by Domestic Abuse. Cathy Humphreys et al, $35.95

The TurnAround Mom: How an Abuse and Addiction Survivor Stopped the Toxic Cycle for Her Family and How You Can, Too! Carey Sipp, $22.95

When Dad Hurts Mom: Helping Your Children Heal the Wounds of Witnessing Abuse. Lundy Bancroft, $24.00

When Violence Begins at Home: a Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Ending Domestic Abuse. K. J. Wilson, $35.50

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Resources for Professionals

The Batterer as Parent: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics. Lundy Bancroft & Jay Silverman, $69.95

Child to Parent Violence and Abuse: Family Interventions with Non-Violent Resistance. Declan Coogan, $45.95

Children Exposed to Violence. Edited by Margaret M. Feerick & Gerald B. Silverman, $53.95

Children Who See Too Much: Lessons from the Child Witness to Violence Project. Betsy McAlister Groves, $24.00

Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma: Healing from Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence, and Domestic Abuse. Christiane Sanderson, $45.95

Creative Interventions for Troubled Children and Youth. Liana Lowenstein, $26.95; More Creative Interventions for Troubled Children and Youth, Liana Lowenstein, $26.95

Cruel but Not Unusual: Violence in Canadian Families, 2nd Edition. Ramona Alaggia & Cathy Vince, Editors, $52.99

Domestic Violence and Children: a Handbook for Schools and Early Years Settings. Abigail Sterne & Liz Poole, $60.00

Don't Hit My Mommy! A Manual for Child-Parent Psychotherapy with Young Witnesses of Family Violence. Alicia Lieberman & Patricia Van Horn, $34.95

Family Violence and Nursing Practice. Janice Humphreys & Jacquelyn Campbell, $113.50

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Handbook of Anger Management and Domestic Violence Offender Treatment, 2nd Edition. Ronald Potter-Efron, $59.95

Health Consequences of Abuse in the Family: a Clinical Guide for Evidence-Based Practice. Edited by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, $33.50

Hearing Young People Talk about Witnessing Domestic Violence. Susan Collis, $34.95

How Intimate Partner Violence Affects Children: Developmental Research, Case Studies and Evidence-Based Intervention. Sandra Graham-Bermann & Alytia Levendosky, Editors, $66.50

In Search of a Safe Place: Abused Women and Culturally Sensitive Services. Vijay Agnew, $28.95

Mothering in Marginalized Contexts: Narratives of Women Who Mother In and Through Domestic Violence. Caroline McDonald-Harker, $34.95

Picking Up the Pieces after Domestic Violence: a Practical Resource for Supporting Parenting Skills. Kate Iwi & Chris Newman, $43.95

Rebuilding Lives after Domestic Violence: Understanding Long-Term Outcomes. Hilary Abrahams, $32.95

The STOP Domestic Violence Program: Group Leader's Manual. David Wexler, $34.00

The STOP Program: Handouts and Homework, 3rd Edition. David Wexler, $12.99

Understanding Adult Survivors of Domestic Violence in Childhood:  Still Forgotten, Still Hurting. Gill Hague, $31.95

Violent Partners: a Breakthrough Plan for Ending the Cycle of Abuse. Linda Mills, $25.99

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