Family Violence Prevention Month - Adult

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Assume nothing : a story of intimate violence

Assume nothing : a story of intimate violence

Selvaratnam, Tanya, author
2020

When Tanya Selvaratnam met Eric Schneiderman, they fell quickly and effortlessly in love-fueling each other's growing political ambition. But their power dynamic soon took a dark turn, as Schneiderman criticized Selvaratnam and began to try to control her, even telling her that he would have to kill her if they broke up. At a friend's urging, she opened up to a domestic violence expert, who confirmed what Selvaratnam, on some level, already knew: she was in an abusive relationship. A combination of memoir, reporting, and research, Assume Nothing is an urgent, timely examination of a frightening subgroup of abuse of power.

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Behind closed doors

Behind closed doors

Paris, B. A., author
2016


The boy in the barn

The boy in the barn

Kramer, James.
2019

"This is an autobiography of James Kramer, who is The Boy In the Barn. Growing up in the 1960's, James was treated more like an animal than a child during a time when child abuse was not spoken of and many people looked the other way. A beautiful family on the outside, but no one knew what was going on behind closed doors. He and his siblings suffered tremendous emotional and physical abuse at the hands of a sadistic father and an absent mother. He lost his baby sister at the hands of his father and retains the horrific memories of her death. James lived in a barn for most of his childhood and learned to survive the isolation and neglect. James became a deeply spiritual person, but it was a challenging road. Throughout the years, he has had people in his life that were "bright lights at the end of his tunnel", and he kept moving forward, pushing on. He found that forgiveness was key. James was compelled to write his story to make others aware of chronic toxic stress, domestic violence, and abuse and encourage people to avoid these relationships at all costs. He still suffers from symptoms created so many years ago. James continue to forge ahead with his life, but it was a hard road. Through may defeats, he pushed on with God's help and what he calls a few bright lights at the end of the tunnel of darkness. He was programmed by his father and still experiences flashbacks and trauma."--from Amazon.com.

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The color purple

The color purple

Walker, Alice, 1944- author
2003


In the dream house : a memoir

In the dream house : a memoir

Machado, Carmen Maria, author
2019

"A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties."--Publisher's description.

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Playing dead : a memoir of terror and survival

Playing dead : a memoir of terror and survival

Ross, Monique Faison, author.
2019

Monique, the daughter of San Diego Chargers football great Earl Faison, married her high school sweetheart soon after she discovered she was pregnant with his child. Her relationship with Chris was shaky from the start but turned tumultuous as he became verbally and physically abusive. When she could no longer put up with the abuse, she left him with their children. That was when the stalking and genuine threats began. Nothing stopped him-not protection injunctions, police warnings, or even arrests. One fateful Monday morning, Chris kidnapped Monique in front of her children and drove off on a nightmarish car ride that involved car crashes and rape. He mercilessly beat her on the head with a shovel and abandoned her brutalized body in the woods in the rain. He left, presuming she was dead. But was she?

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See what you made me do : the dangers of domestic abuse that we ignore, explain away, or refuse to see

See what you made me do : the dangers of domestic abuse that we ignore, explain away, or refuse to see

Hill, Jess, author
2020

In North America, 2.5 women are killed by their partner every day. These statistics tell us something that's almost impossible to grapple with: it's not the monster in the dark women should fear, but the men they fall in love with. In not only a searing investigation, but a dissection of how that violence can be enabled and reinforced by the judicial system we trust to protect us, this book dismantles the flawed logic of victim-blaming and challenges everything you thought you knew about domestic and family violence.

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Smart, successful & abused : the unspoken problem of domestic violence and the high-achieving women

Smart, successful & abused : the unspoken problem of domestic violence and the high-achieving women

Mailis, Angela, author
2019

In 2016, neuroscientist Angela Mailis, a world-renowned expert on chronic pain management, was brought face to face with domestic violence when an accomplished colleague was murdered by her equally accomplished husband. It was familiar territory for Dr. Mailis, who herself had been involved in an abusive relationship for twenty-seven years. She immediately redirected her research towards what is perhaps the most puzzling form of domestic violence: the abuse endured by high-achieving women who to all appearances have everything required to stand up for themselves. These victims spend their days as the powerhouses of boardrooms, universities, clinics, and law courts. They have educations, talent, resourcefulness, and financial competence. Yet they allow themselves to be mentally dominated and emotionally and/or physically beaten by the men in their lives. How does it happen? What can be done about it? Smart, Successful & Abused is the result of Dr. Mailis' search for answers to these questions, a search that has taken her to the frontiers of medical research, into the homes and offices of successful career women caught in violent relationships, and deep into her own experience as an abused spouse. Her conclusions and advice will help entrapped women recognize and deflate the delusions that prevent them from acting in their best interests.

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A woman is no man

A woman is no man

Rum, Etaf, author
2019

Three generations of Palestinian-American women living in Brooklyn are torn between individual desire and the strict mores of Arab culture. It's a story of culture and honour, secrets and betrayals, love and violence. It is an intimate glimpse into a controlling and closed cultural world, and a universal tale about family and the ways silence and shame can destroy those we have sworn to protect.

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