Top books for survivors of relationship abuse and the professionals who work with them.
Whether you are a professional working with those affected by domestic violence, or a survivor yourself, navigating the complex feelings attached to relationship abuse can often be both confusing at the very least, and even overwhelming. While the recommended reading list below is not all inclusive by any means, it can certainly offer start for those of you interested in learning more about abusive dynamics, desire for connection, the experience of abuse, and how to effectively connect with those who have endured such pain.
Please note, some of the titles listed are graphic in nature and should be read with caution as not to re-traumatize.
Titles for Relationship Abuse Survivors
Why Does He Do That?
Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
Book by Lundy Bancroft
It’s My Life Now:
Starting Over After an Abusive Relationship Or Domestic Violence
Book by Meg Kennedy Dugan and Roger R. Hock
Surviving Domestic Violence:
Voices of Women Who Broke Free
Book by Elaine Weis
Codependent No More:
How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself
Book by Melody Beattie
When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
Book by John Townsend
Titles for Professionals Who Work With Abuse Survivors
Social Work and Domestic Violence:
Developing Critical and Reflective Practice
Book by Cathy Humphreys, Kate Cavanagh, and Lesley Laing
Empowering and Healing the Battered Woman:
A Model for Assessment and Intervention
Book by Mary Ann Dutton
The Abusive Personality, Second Edition
Book by Donald G. Dutton
Want more from survivor, speaker and national advocate, Jessica Yaffa? Ms. Yaffa has published her own titles aimed at helping abuse survivors and the professionals who work with them.
My Journey Into and Out of The Arms of An Abuser
Book by Jessica Yaffa and Dave Franco
Help Me, Help Her:
A Workbook for Professionals Working with Abuse Survivors
Workbook by Jessica Yaffa and Dave Franco