Books by Topic: Supporters of Survivors

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Family and Friends’ Guide to Domestic Violence: How to Listen, Talk and Take Action When Someone You Care About is Being Abused.

by Elaine Weiss.

The Heart of Trauma: Healing the Embodied Brain in the Context of Relationships

by Bonnie Badenoch. From the Amazon blurb:

How each of us can become a therapeutic presence in the world.

Images and sounds of war, natural disasters, and human-made devastation explicitly surround us and implicitly leave their imprint in our muscles, our belly and heart, our nervous systems, and the brains in our skulls. We each experience more digital data than we are capable of processing in a day, and this is leading to a loss of empathy and human contact. This loss of leisurely, sustained, face-to-face connection is making true presence a rare experience for many of us, and is neurally ingraining fast pace and split attention as the norm.

Yet despite all of this, the ability to offer the safe sanctuary of presence is central to effective clinical treatment of trauma and indeed to all of therapeutic practice. It is our challenge to remain present within our culture, Badenoch argues, no matter how difficult this might be. She makes the case that we are built to seek out, enter, and sustain warm relationships, all this connection will allow us to support the emergence of a humane world.

In this book, Bonnie Badenoch, a gifted translator of neuroscientific concepts into human terms, offers readers brain- and body-based insights into how we can form deep relational encounters with our clients and our selves and how relational neuroscience can teach us about the astonishing ways we are interwoven with one another. How we walk about in our daily lives will touch everyone, often below the level of conscious awareness.

The first part of The Heart of Trauma provides readers with an extended understanding of the ways in which our physical bodies are implicated in our conscious and non-conscious experience. Badenoch then delves even deeper into the clinical implications of moving through the world. She presents a strong, scientifically grounded case for doing the work of opening to hemispheric balance and relational deepening.

Helping Her Get Free:  A Guide for Families & Friends of Abused Women

by Susan Brewster. Guidance for those who support victim-survivors.  This book was originally published as To be an Anchor in the Storm.

How He Wins: Abusive Intimate Partners Going Free.

by Don Hennessy. Excerpt from the back of the book: In this challenging book, Don Hennessy offers advice to women experiencing coercive control, and presents powerful first hand testimony from a number of these women. He pays particular attention to the impact of domestic violence on the target-woman’s wider family. He examines our practices and procedures, our attitudes and beliefs in relation to those he terms “psychefiles”, and argues that we have made few inroads in this area – either into the prevalence of male intimate abuse or in relation to the tactics that support the ability of the abuser to establish and maintain his control.

Intimate Partner Sexual Violence:  A Multidisciplinary Guide to Improving Services and Support for Survivors of Rape and Abuse.

by Louise McOrmond-Plummer, Dr. Patricia Easteal, and Dr. Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck. This is an authoritative resource for all professionals who work with IPSV victims including counselors, social workers, refuge workers, victim advocates, mental health professionals, pastoral workers, lawyers, police, and health practitioners.  This book brings together advice from professionals working with individuals who have experienced IPSV, including Barbara Roberts who has contributed a chapter in this book;  the chapter is entitled “Pastoral Responses to Christian Survivors of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence”.

Response Based Approaches to the Study of Interpersonal Violence

by Allan Wade, Margareta Hyden, David Gadd. Recommended for all professionals who are in some way or other dealing with interpersonal violence and abuse. We have not read this yet but are comfortable endorsing it as we have great respect for Allan Wade one of the authors / editors, and are confident his co-editors would be of similar integrity.

What Parents Need to Know about Dating Violence:  Advice and Support for Helping Your Teen

by Barrie Levy and Patricia Occhiuzzo Giggam.  Recommended by Lundy Bancroft.

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