Domestic Violence and Abusive Relationships

 

Fiction
 
Bitter End by Jennifer Brown
YA Fiction
When seventeen-year-old Alex starts dating Cole, a new boy at her high school, her two closest friends increasingly mistrust him as the relationship grows more serious.
 
Stay by Deb Caletti
YA Fiction
In a remote corner of Washington State where she and her father have gone to escape her obsessive boyfriend, Clara meets two brothers who captain a sailboat, a lighthouse keeper with a secret, and an old friend of her father who knows his secrets.
 
Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
YA Fiction
The youngest of three siblings, fourteen-year-old Anke feels both relieved and neglected that her father abuses her brother and sister but not her, but when she catches him with one of her friends, she finally becomes angry enough to take action.
 
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
YA Fiction
After her older sister runs away, Caitlin decides to make a major change in her own life and begins a relationship with a boy who is mysterious, brilliant--and abusive.
 
Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn
YA Fiction
Sent to counseling for hitting his girlfriend, Caitlin, and ordered to keep a journal, sixteen-year-old Nick recounts his relationship with Caitlin, examines his controlling behavior and anger, and describes living with his abusive father.
 
But I Love Him by Amanda Grace
YA Fiction
Traces Ann’s transformation from a happy A-student, track star, and popular senior to a solitary, abused woman whose love for the emotionally-scarred Connor has taken away everything--even herself.
 
Things Change by Patrick Jones
YA Fiction
Sixteen-year-old Johanna, one of the best students in her class, develops a passionate attachment for troubled seventeen-year-old Paul and finds her plans for the future changing in unexpected ways.
 
You Don’t Know Me by David Klass
YA Fiction
Fourteen-year-old John creates alternative realities in his mind as he tries to deal with his mother’s abusive boyfriend, his crush on a beautiful, but shallow classmate and other problems at school.
 
Rage: A Love Story by Julie Ann Peters
YA Fiction
At the end of high school, Johanna finally begins dating the girl she has loved from afar, but Reeve is as much trouble as she claims to be as she and her twin brother damage Johanna’s self-esteem, friendships, and already precarious relationship with her sister.
 
Leslie’s Journal by Allan Stratton
YA Fiction
Leslie’s journal records her troubles at school, home, with her best friend and the problems that come with a new relationship.
 
The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
YA Fiction
Seventeen-year-old Matthew recounts his attempts, starting at a young age, to free himself and his sisters from the grip of their emotionally and physically abusive mother.
 
Nonfiction
 
Dangerous Relationships: How to Identify and Respond to the Seven Warning Signs of a Troubled Relationship by Noelle Nelson
362.82 N
Possessiveness, insensitivity, and a sudden personality change are all warning signs of a potential abuser. This book helps readers recognize a potentially violent personality before it’s too late.
 
Next Time, She’ll Be Dead: Battering and How to Stop It by Ann Jones
362.8292 J
An impassioned and informed critique of domestic violence and society’s dangerously ineffectual and misogynist response.
 
If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister’s Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation by Janine Latus
362.8292 L
At age 37, Janine Latus’s younger sister, Amy, was strangled to death by her live-in boyfriend, bundled in a plastic tarp and buried beside a remote country road. A memoir about both sisters’ abusive relationships.
 
Crazy Love: A Memoir by Leslie Morgan Steiner
362.8292 S
A memoir: as a young editor at Seventeen magazine, Leslie was recovering from alcoholism when she met a man whom she thought was her knight in shining armor. He went on to hit her and control her and nearly killed her before she found the strength to leave.
 
Family & Friends’ Guide to Domestic Violence: How to Listen, Talk, and Take Action When Someone You Care About Is Being Abused by Elaine Weiss
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It’s hard to know what to do when someone you care about is in an abusive relationship. Do you ask about it? What if you’re wrong? Do you offer to help? Even at the risk of interfering?
 
If you are in danger or know someone who may be, please call:
  • 911
  • The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence: 1-888-774-2900
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (TTY 1-800-787-3224)

 

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