“Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again.” -Louisa May Alcott

Domestic violence is a complicated issue that can take many years to understand. The staff at Through These Doors compiled this list of books that depict domestic violence and dating abuse accurately and honestly. The books are authored by survivors, scholars, counselors, and fiction writers.

For Adults:

  • Battered Women in the Courtroom, by James Ptacek
  • Coercive Control, by Evan Stark
  • No More Secrets, by Janice Ristok
  • Fault Line, by Henry Holt
  • Why Does He Do That? by Lundy Bancroft
  • When Dad Hurts Mom, by Lundy Bancroft
  • The Batterer As A Parent, by Lundy Bancroft
  • When Love Goes Wrong, by Ann Jones and Susan Schechter
  • Safety Planning With Battered Women, by Jill Davies
  • It’s My Life Now, by Meg Dugan and Roger Hock
  • Breaking the Cycle of Abuse, by Beverly Engel
  • The Verbally Abusive Relationship, by Patricia Evans
  • The Verbally Abusive Man, by Patricia Evans
  • Invisible Girls, by Dr. Patti Feuereisen
  • Helping Get Free, by Susan Brewster
  • Children Who See Too Much, by Betsy Groves
  • The Macho Paradox, by Jackson Katz
  • In Love and In Danger, by Barrie Levy
  • Joint Custody With a Jerk, by Julie Ross and Judy Corcoran
  • Women and Male Violence, by Susan Schechter
  • Saving Beauty from the Beast, by Vicki Crompton
  • Girls Like Us, by Rachel Lloyd
  • Packaging Girlhood, by Sharon Lamb, Ed.D and Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D.
  • Packaging Boyhood, by Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D, Sharon Lamb, Ed.D, Mark Tappan, Ed.D

For Young Adults:

  • Breathing Underwater, Alex Finn
  • Things Change, Patrick Jones
  • Painting Caitlin, Kimberly Joy Peters
  • For Children
  • Hands Are Not For Hurting by Martine Agassi (a children’s book)