- Family Violence Prevention Fund works to end domestic violence and help victims whose lives are devastated by abuse, because every person has the right to live in a home free of violence.
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence NCADV (located in Denver, CO) is a grassroots nonprofit membership organization working since 1978 to end violence in the lives of victims. We provide a national network for state coalitions and local programs servicing domestic violence victims, public policy at the national level, technical assistance, community awareness campaigns, general information and referrals, and publications on the issue of domestic violence.
- National Network to End Domestic Violence is a membership and advocacy organization. The NNEDV began in 1990 as a small working group of state domestic violence coalitions and national domestic violence advocates.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline Each month, nearly 10,000 callers- victims of domestic violence, their families and friends across the U.S.- receive crisis intervention, referrals, information and support in many languages. 1.800.799-SAFE or 1.800.799.7233 or 1.800.787.3224 TDD/TTY
- National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women provides comprehensive information and resources, policy development, and technical assistance designed to enhance community response to and prevention of domestic violence. This site includes extensive library collections.
- Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
- Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center (OVCRC)
- The Violence Against Women Office of the U.S. Department of Justice.
- End Violence Against Women
- Stop Family Violence. A site sponsored by a number of organizations with information on prevention and resources on family violence.
- Communities Against Violence Network an international network of anti-violence advocates and experts.
- Initiative for Violence Free Families
- Millennium: Ending Domestic Violence
- Peace at Home
- Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence
- Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence
- Women’s Law Initiative: legal resources and information for women in domestic violence situations.
- Women’s Justice Center: legal information and resources (in English and Spanish) for women about domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Special information for immigrant women also available.
- Safe Horizon in New York.
- MOVE Men Overcoming Violence
- National Coalition Against Violent Athletes
- Violence Against Women Online Resources
- Sunshine Lady Foundation: funds are available for survivors of domestic violence to return to school to get skills to help them be independent and self-sufficient.
- AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program
- The National Criminal Justice Reference Service provides information on crime and victims’ rights, including the victims of domestic and sexual violence.
- The Centers for Disease Control provides information on many aspects of health, including the consequences of domestic and sexual violence.
- Child Witness to Violence Project
- The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
- A Fact Sheet About the Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
- New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
Lundy Bancroft. Berkley Trade, 2003.
This fascinating investigation into what makes abusive men tick is alarming, but its candid handling of a difficult subject makes it a valuable resource for professionals and victims alike. Bancroft, the former co-director of Emerge, the nation’s first program for abusive men, has specialized in domestic violence for 15 years, and his understanding of his subject and audience is apparent on every page.
I Closed My Eyes: Revelations of a Battered Woman
Michele Weldon. Hazelden, 1999.
The author’s in-depth account of her physically and emotionally abusive marriage, how she began to recognize the signs, and how she safely left the relationship.
Broken and Battered: A Way Out for the Abused Woman
Muriel Canfield. Howard, 2000.
A practical help book for battered women that discusses types of abuse, safety planning, legal options, and resources for making changes.
It’s My Life Now: Starting Over After an Abusive Relationship or Domestic Violence
Meg Kennedy Dugan and Roger R. Hock. Routledge, 2000.
A resource for those who have left an abusive relationship and seek support for the emotional and practical challenges in rebuilding their lives.
Defending Our Lives: Getting Away From Domestic Violence & Staying Safe
Susan Murphy-Milano. Anchor Books, 1996.
A concrete, step-by-step guide for women on how to protect themselves and get safely away from their abusers.
Surviving Domestic Violence: Voices of Women Who Broke Free
Elaine Weiss. Agreka Books, 2000.
Twelve women from diverse backgrounds and occupations tell their stories of their abusive relationships, how they escaped, and how they reconstructed their lives.
Getting Free: You Can End Abuse and Take Back Your Life
Ginny NiCarthy. Seal Press, 1982.
A practical guidebook with exercises to help recognize abuse, gain self-esteem, and decide what one wants from a relationship. Includes stories from nine women who successfully left abusive partners.
Ditch That Jerk: Dealing With Men Who Control and Hurt Women
Pamela Jayne. Hunter House, 2000.
A guidebook for women with assessment exercises to identify if their partners are controlling and abusive.
No Visible Wounds: Identifying Nonphysical Abuse of Women by Their Men
Mary Susan Miller. Fawcett Columbine, 1995.
A guidebook that identifies the many types of nonphysical abuse (verbal, emotional, psychological, social, and economic) and explores why this treatment of women still continues in society.
The Emotionally Abused Woman: Overcoming Destructive Patterns and Reclaiming Yourself
Beverly Engel. Fawcett Columbine, 1990.
A sourcebook for emotionally abused women, this book is a step-by-step recovery guide that traces relationship habits and attitudes and promotes healthy change.
The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to Recognize It and How to Respond
Patricia Evans. Adams Media, 1992.
Validation and understanding for people involved in verbally abusive relationships. This book exposes the many ways one can verbally abuse someone else, the effects on children and families, and recommendations to those who seek therapeutic support.
Verbal Abuse Survivors Speak Out: On Relationship and Recovery
Patricia Evans. Adams Media, 1993.
A relationship assessment tool, this book includes surveys, stories, insights, affirmations, and help for recovering from a verbally abusive relationship.
Where to Draw the Line: How to Set Healthy Boundaries Every Day
Anne Katherine. Fireside Books, 2000.
A practical guide to establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries in a wide variety of situations, this book presents case studies and real-life examples with specific advice on making choices that balance one’s own needs with the needs of others.
Cunt: A Declaration of Independence
Inga Muscio. Seal Press, 1998.
A historical and cultural examination of the word “cunt”, from an ancient title of respect for women to a derogatory expletive. This book explores the cultural forces that influence women’s relationships with their bodies and sexuality, and encourages women to understand, reconcile, and reclaim the power associated with what it means to have a cunt.
The Vagina Monologues: The V-day Edition
Eve Ensler. Villard, 1998.
A collection of monologues written by Eve Ensler and performed around the world that explore and celebrate female sexuality. These monologues have inspired a grassroots movement, known as V-day, to stop violence against women.
Books for child witnesses to domestic violence
Ages 4 – 8:
Sometimes Bad Things Happen
Ellen Jackson. Millbrook Press, 2002.
A Terrible Thing Happened
Margaret M. Holmes. American Psychological Association, 2000.
Something is Wrong at My House
Diane Davis. Parenting Pr, 1984.
A Better Safe Than Sorry Book: A Family Guide for Sexual Assault Prevention
Sol Gordon and Judith Gordon. Prometheus Books, 1992.
A Family That Fights
Sharon Chesler Bernstein. Albert Whitman & Company, 1991.
Hands Are Not for Hitting
Martine Agassi. Free Spirit Publishing, 2002.
Ages 9 – 12:
A Place for Starr: A Story of Hope for Children Experiencing Family Violence
Howard Schor. Kidsrights, 2002.
The Feelings Book: The Care & Keeping of Your Emotions
Dr. Lynda Madison. American Girl Publishing, 2002.
When Dad Hurts Mom: Helping Your Children Heal the Wounds of Witnessing Abuse
Lundy Bancroft. Berkley Trade, 2005.
The Batterer as Parent: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics
Lundy Bancroft. Sage Publications, 2002.
Children Who See Too Much: Lessons from the Child Witness to Violence Project
Betsy McAllister Groves. Beacon Press, 2003.
Children and Trauma: A Guide for Parents and Professionals
Cynthia Monahon. Jossey-Bass, 1993.