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10 Powerful and Life-Changing Books On Physical Abuse

This article showcases our top picks for the ‘Books On Physical Abuse’. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).

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The Courage to Heal by Ellen Bass

This product was recommended by Jennifer Willy from Etia

It is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and a map of the healing journey to every woman who was sexually abused as a child and to those who care about her.


Treating Survivors of Childhood Abuse and Interpersonal Trauma by Marylene Cloitre

This product was recommended by Jennifer Willy from Etia

Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR) Narrative Therapy helps clients to build crucial social and emotional resources for living in the present and to break the hold of traumatic memories.


Life, Reinvented by Erin Carpenter

This product was recommended by Jennifer Willy from Etia

Life, Reinvented: A Guide to Healing from Sexual Trauma for Survivors and Loved Ones by Erin Carpenter is both an inspiration and practical tools to survivors of sexual assault or childhood sexual abuse and their friends, family members, and spouses.


TO KILL OR BE KILLED by Joni Ankerson

This product was recommended by Joni Ankerson from WildBlue Press

This is a powerful, first-hand account of sexual abuse caused by the author’s ex-husband, who was a state police officer. Twelve years of enduring domestic violence at its absolute worst. Constant abuse, control, manipulation, and threats. Sadistic sexual deviance and sexual violence. It was only going to end one way: someone would die in our bed and someone would go to prison for murder. This is my story about domestic violence, resilience, reckoning and survival. Joni is looking for more opportunities to speak about her experience so others don’t find themselves in a similar situation.


Playing Dead by Monique Faison Ross

This product was recommended by Monique Faison Ross from WildBlue Press

Playing Dead is such an important title when discussing abuse because it really shows the progression. Faison Ross details the relationship from the beginning, noting small changes along the way that were signs of what was to come. The author also includes her numerous legal steps to keep her abusive husband away: injuctions, police warnings, and even arrest. Despite these efforts, he continues to become moew abusive. 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?


The Last Closet by Moira Greyland

This product was recommended by Naomi from Our Kiwi Homeschool

This is an incredibly disturbing book by the daughter of a prominent science fiction author and a well-known numismatist (coin expert). It outlines the devastating abuse that went on in the home, not only to the author and her brother but also to other children that came into their home. The types of abuse inflicted on the victims include physical, sexual, emotional, and psychological. The story is even more powerful and meaningful coming from the survivor of this abuse. This is very difficult to read, but nonetheless important.


Trauma and Recovery by Judith Lewis Herman

This product was recommended by Anna Nielsen from Our Good Living Formula

Trauma and Recovery is a painfully accurate book that focuses on crucial issues such as mental health, feminism, depression, sexism, and racism. It digs in deep into these issues while creating a blanket of safety for victims, slowly unearthing the wounds of trauma with care and consideration. More importantly, the in-depth discussions on the stages of recovery provide insights and actionable steps to help readers on the road to healing – whichever stage they might be on.


The Relationship Workbook by Kerry Moles

This product was recommended by Andrew Cunningham from DailyPest

The Relationship Workbook by Kerry Moles is a very helpful tool used in both therapy and personal growth.. It really gets into the head of the abuser and shows the logic behind Physical abuse and Domestic Violence. For any woman (or man) who is struggling to overcome or understand physical abuse brought onto them by a partner or loved one, The Relationship Workbook is educational, informative, and inspiring.


Silent Domestic Victims by Robert Heal

This product was recommended by Catriona Jasica from Top Vouchers Code

Silent Domestic Victims: Recovering from Hidden Abuse, Emotional-Physical-Psychological Abuse, Toxic Abusive Relationships, Domestic Violence Trauma & Narcissistic Abuse - Shaming Survivors Stories!

Who doesn’t want to regain the confidence back? Healing the wounds and kicking off the kind of relationships one want is exactly what you’ll get to learn in this amazing piece of writing called Silent Domestic Victims. It’s a book written by Robert Heal. In this book, you’ll witness to cope with all the abuse you’ve faced and struggled throughout. This book is an excellent way out to feel great inside out and reduce negativity.


The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker

This product was recommended by Catriona Jasica from Top Vouchers Code

Narrated by Gavin de Becker named The Gift of Fear teaches you how to spot even the subtle signs of danger. Turning the pages of this book will let you protect yourself and the ones you love. Guidance on situations like when you’re being stalked or how to act when approached by stranger and more are highlighted int his fantastic book.


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