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 list recommended books on domestic violence below is not all-inclusive by any means, it can certainly offer a 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.

You might also be interested in: Leaving an Abusive Relationship: Changing that Negative Tape

Please note, some of these books on domestic violence 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

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It’s My Life Now:

Starting Over After an Abusive Relationship Or Domestic Violence

Book by Meg Kennedy Dugan and Roger R. Hock

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Surviving Domestic Violence:

Voices of Women Who Broke Free

Book by Elaine Weis

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Codependent No More:

How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself

Book by Melody Beattie

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When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life

Book by John Townsend

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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

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Empowering and Healing the Battered Woman:

A Model for Assessment and Intervention

Book by Mary Ann Dutton

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The Abusive Personality, Second Edition

Book by Donald G. Dutton

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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.

Mine Until:

My Journey Into and Out of The Arms of An Abuser

Book by Jessica Yaffa and Dave Franco

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Help Me, Help Her:

A Workbook for Professionals Working with Abuse Survivors

Workbook by Jessica Yaffa and Dave Franco

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