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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.

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 and Young People Whose Behaviour is Sexually Concerning or Harmful. Jackie Bateman & Judith Milner, $45.95

More than any other challenging behaviour, the sexual abuse of one child by another generates anxiety, puzzlement and confusion. Adults confident in dealing with a defiant or delinquent child find their confidence leaves them when confronted with sexual misbehaviour in a child who they expect to be asexual.

In this book, Jackie Bateman and Judith Milner provide an accessible overview of the evidence relating to such problem behaviours, from inappropriate behaviour to sexual abuse. They go on to propose research-based effective and creative methods that professionals can use to develop responsibility-taking and safety in the child, and outline a strengths-based model for practice. Using the model, the authors show how behaviour can be managed through the development of safe care plans for the home and/or school — addressing communication, supervision, and supportive networks. They also provide guidance for working across a range of settings — whether directly with families, in schools or with children with learning difficulties. This practical guide will be an essential tool for social workers, counsellors, teachers, nurses and any professional with responsibility for child protection.

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

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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The Courage to Heal: a Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 4th Edition. Laura Davis & Ellen Bass, $31.95

This 20th anniversary edition of The Courage to Heal brings contemporary research and tools to this compassionate classic. Completely revised, updated and expanded, this edition brings personal stories together with clear explanations, practical suggestions and support throughout the healing process.

Many new features include:

  • Current research on trauma and the brain
  • An overview of powerful new healing tools such as imagery, meditation, and body-centered practices
  • Additional stories that reflect a greater diversity of survivor experiences
  • A comprehensive, up-to-date resource guide
  • Insights from the authors’ experience since the first edition was published

A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern Day Slavery. E. Benjamin Skinner, $19.99

There are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in history. This book tells the story of a dozen countries where slavery flourishes and of individuals who live in slavery, who have escaped from bondage and those who own or traffic in slaves. Informative and infuriating, this thoroughly research report examines a reality most of us don’t even want to consider and shows us how to take steps toward combating this horrific crime.

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.

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Dani’s Story: a Journey from Neglect to Love. Diane & Bernie Lierow, $29.95

In July 2005, a six-year-old girl named Danielle was removed from her Florida home after authorities found her living in bug-ridden squalor, subjected to horrific neglect and so damaged by her own mother that recovery seemed hopeless. But hope was waiting for Dani and help. In October 2007, Bernie and Diane Lierow, a hard-working couple with five boys of their own, adopted her and utterly transformed her life.

Charting a perilous journey from hardship to hope, a new family, and a second chance at life, Dani's Story is a book you cannot put down and will never forget.

Do You Have a Secret? Jennifer Moore-Mallinos & Marta Fàbrega, $9.50

Fighting Back: What an Olympic Champion's Story Can Teach us about Recognizing and Preventing Child Sexual Abuse and Helping Kids Recover. Kayla Harrison, Cynthia Kaplan & Blaise Aguirre, $20.95

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison has always been a fighter — yet as a young teen, no one knew she was also a victim. Combining Kayla's powerful story of sexual abuse by her judo coach with science-based information from two renowned therapists, this unique book provides critical guidance for parents and professionals. Learn how to spot the signs that a child or teen is being groomed, why kids stay silent about their trauma, how they struggle with self-blame and the brutal betrayal of a trusted authority figure, and exactly what kind of help they need to recover. No one is more qualified than Kayla and her expert coauthors to explain the impact of child sexual abuse--and what you can do to keep kids safe.

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A Friend Like Iggy. Kathryn Cole, photography by Ian Richards, $18.95 (ages 4-8)

The true story of Iggy, a special dog who helps kids navigate difficult times. When children disclose abuse, they often navigate an unfamiliar chain of events, sometimes testifying in court. Iggy is a specially trained facilitator dog, and his job is to make each child he meets comfortable with the job they have to do. Iggy eases their path with his gentle, non-judgmental friendship. He can be present for police interviews, counseling sessions, court preparation, and testifying. He helps children aged three to eighteen feel more comfortable and confident. It’s a big job, but not too big for a dog with an even bigger heart.

Handbook of Anger Management and Domestic Violence Offender Treatment, 2nd Edition. Ronald Potter-Efron, $72.70

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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Handbook of Child Sexual Abuse: Identification, Assessment, and Treatment. Edited by Paris Goodyear-Brown, $102.00

A comprehensive guide to the identification, assessment, and treatment of child sexual abuse

HANDBOOK OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE combines the most current research with a wealth of clinical experience.

Offering a snapshot of the state of the field as it stands today, the text explores a variety of issues related to child sexual abuse, from identification, assessment, and treatment methods to models for implementation and prevention, including:

  • The impact of sexual abuse on the developing brain
  • The potential implications of early sexual victimization
  • Navigating the complexities of multidisciplinary teams
  • Forensic interviewing and clinical assessment
  • Treatment options for children who have traumagenic symptoms as a response to their sexual victimization
  • Treating children with sexual behavior problems and adolescents who engage in illegal sexual behavior
  • Secondary trauma and vicarious traumatization
  • Cultural considerations and prevention efforts

Health Consequences of Abuse in the Family: a Clinical Guide for Evidence-Based Practice. Edited by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, $34.50

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.

Helping Her Get Free: a Guide for Families and Friends of Abused Women. Susan Brewster, $20.99

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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In the Name of Love: Women’s Narratives of Love and Abuse. Heather Fraser, $52.95

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.

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

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.

Invisible Girls: the Truth About Sexual Abuse. Patti Feuereisen, $24.99

A book for teen girls, young women and everyone who cares about them.

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It Wasn't Your Fault: Freeing Yourself from the Shame of Childhood Abuse with the Power of Self-Compassion. Beverly Engel, $24.95

Shame is one of the most destructive of human emotions. If you suffered childhood physical or sexual abuse, you may experience such intense feelings of shame that it almost seems to define you as a person. In order to begin healing, it's important for you to know that it wasn't your fault. In this gentle guide, therapist and childhood abuse expert Beverly Engel presents a mindfulness and compassion-based therapeutic approach to help you overcome the debilitating shame that keeps you tied to the past. By following the step-by-step exercises in this book, you'll gain a greater understanding of the root cause of your shame. And by cultivating compassion toward yourself, you will begin to heal and move past your painful experiences.

With this book, you will develop the skills needed to finally put a stop the crippling self-blame that keeps you from moving on and being happy. You'll learn to focus on your strengths, your courage, and your extraordinary ability to survive. Most of all, you'll learn to replace shame with its counter emotion — pride.

The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help. Jackson Katz, $32.95

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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Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse. Mickey Sperlich & Julia Seng, $55.95

Sexual abuse and the reactions to it affect mothers' whole lives—from thinking about having children all the way to being grandmothers. These effects are far-reaching and deeply felt. Survivor Moms shares narrative excerpts from interviews with women who have survived abuse; along with the clinical perspectives of midwives and contributions from other healthcare professionals. Whether you are a survivor, a midwife, a mental health provider, or you know a survivor who is on this path, you will learn from this book about mothering and the ongoing journey of healing and surviving.

Talking about Domestic Abuse: a Photo Activity Workbook to Develop Communication Between Mothers and Young People. Cathy Humphreys, et al, $31.95

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, $31.95

Talking to My Mum is an activity pack for 5–8-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.

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Testifying in Court: Guidelines and Maxims for the Expert Witness, 2nd Edition. Stanley Brodsky, $48.50

Testifying in court can be a challenging experience. Novices who are unfamiliar with the judicial environment can feel insecure about many aspects of their testimony, from the language they use to the clothes they wear. Even experienced expert witnesses can be flustered by a skillful lawyer's cross-examination.

For over 20 years, Stanley Brodsky's TESTIFYING IN COURT has been a trusted guide for expert witnesses across a variety of professions. Readers have come to know and trust his sage and good-humored advice on every aspect of the experience from initial preparations to maintaining power and control during cross-examination. In this extensively updated edition of his classic text, the author has combined a wealth of new research with feedback from users of the first edition and his own evolving experience as an expert witness. As in the first edition, key principles are addressed in brief essays that draw on real-life scenarios and end in a take-home maxim.

Things We Haven't Said: Sexual Violence Survivors Speak Out. Erin Moulton, Editor, $21.99 (ages 14+)

Things We Haven’t Said is a powerful collection of poems, essays, letters, vignettes and interviews written by a diverse group of impressive adults who survived sexual violence as children and adolescents. Structured to incorporate creative writing to engage the reader and informative interviews to dig for context, this anthology is a valuable resource of hope, grit and honest conversation that will help teens tackle the topic of sexual violence, upend stigma and maintain hope for a better future.

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

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.

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The Unsayable: the Hidden Language of Trauma. Annie Rogers, $23.00

In her twenty years as a clinical psychologist, Annie Rogers has learned to understand the silent language of girls who will not — who cannot — speak about devastating sexual trauma. Abuse too painful to put into words does have a language though, a language of coded signs and symptoms that conventional therapy fails to understand. The Unsayable is a book with the power to change the way we think about suffering and self-expression. For those who have experienced psychological trauma, and for those who yearn to help, this brave, compelling book will be a touchstone of lucid understanding and true healing.

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

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.

Working with Children to Heal Interpersonal Trauma: the Power of Play. Edited by Eliana Gil, $48.50

Featuring in-depth case presentations from master clinicians, this volume highlights the remarkable capacity of traumatized children to guide their own healing process. The book describes what posttraumatic play looks like and how it can foster resilience and coping. Demonstrated are applications of play, art, and other expressive therapies with children who have faced such overwhelming experiences as sexual abuse or chronic neglect. The contributors discuss ways to facilitate forms of expression that promote mastery and growth, as well as how to intervene when play becomes stuck in destructive patterns. They share effective strategies for engaging hard-to-reach children and building trusting therapeutic relationships.

Working with Children with Sexual Behavior Problems. Eliana Gil & Jennifer Shaw, $49.95

Based on extensive clinical experience, this book provides authoritative guidance and practical tools in a challenging area for child mental health professionals. The authors explain the many possible causes of problem sexual behaviors and demonstrate assessment and treatment procedures that have been shown to work with 4- to 11-year-olds and their families. Four chapter-length case examples illustrate how to integrate elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy, play and expressive therapies, and family-based approaches. 

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