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NCADV Suggested Reading List

NCADV does not necessary support the ideas, opinions, theories or beliefs of the authors on this reading list and placement on this list does not indicate NCADV’s official endorsement.  This list is meant to guide survivors, advocates, students and researchers in their endeavors to learn more about domestic violence. 


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Violence Against Women “Must Reads”

¨ Berry, D.B.  (1995)  Domestic Violence Sourcebook.  Los Angeles: RGA Publishing Groups, Inc.

¨ Brewster, S.  (2000)  To Be An Anchor in the Storm: A Guide for Families and Friends of Abused Women.  Seattle: Seal Press.

¨ Browne, A.  (1989)  When Battered Women Kill.  New York: Free Press.

¨ Brownmiller, S.  (1993)  Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape.  New York: Random House.

¨ Davies, J., Lyon, E. & Monti-Catania, D.  (1998)  Safety Planning with Battered Women: Complex Lives/Difficult Choices.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

¨ Edelson, J. & Jaffe, P.  (1994)  Ending the Cycle of Violence: Community Responses to Children of Battered Women.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

¨ Finkelhor, D. & Yllo, K.  (1985)  License to Rape: Sexual Abuse of Wives.  New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston.

¨ Jones, A. (2000) Next Time She’ll Be Dead: Battering and How to Stop It.  Boston: Beacon Press.

¨ Levy, B.  (1998)  In Love and In Danger: A Teen’s Guide to Breaking Free from Abusive Relationships.  Seattle: Seal Press.

¨ Lobel, K (Ed.) (1986) Naming The Violence: Speaking Out About Lesbian Battering.  Seattle: Seal Press.

¨ Nicarthy, G.  (1990)  Getting Free: You Can End Abuse and Take Back Your Life.  Seattle: Seal Press.

¨ Pharr, S.  (1997)  Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism.  Oakland, CA: Chardon Press.

¨ Ptacek, J.  (1999)  Battered Women in the Courtroom: The Power of Judicial Responses.  Boston: Northeastern University Press.

¨ Raphael, J.  (2000)  Saving Bernice:  Battered Women, Welfare and Poverty.  Boston: Northeastern University Press.

¨ Richie, B.  (1995)  Compelled to Crime: The Gender Entrapment of Battered Black Women.  New York: Routledge.

¨ Schechter, S.  (1983)  Women and Male Violence: The Visions and Struggles of the Battered Women’s Movement.  Cambridge, MA: South End Press.

¨ Schechter, S. & Jones, A.R.  (1993)  When Love Goes Wrong: What to Do When You Can’t Do Anything Right.  New York: Perennial Publishing.

¨ Wilson, K.J.  (1997)  When Violence Begins at Home: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Ending Domestic Abuse.  Alameda, CA: Hunter House. 

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