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Empowering Hearts and Minds: A Domestic Violence Awareness Reading List

Friday, July 28, 2023

Recovering With Grace/Domestic Violence/Empowering Hearts and Minds: A Domestic Violence Awareness Reading List

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Sarah Grace

Domestic violence knows no boundaries – it can occur in any community, regardless of socio-economic status, ethnicity, or gender. As we strive to create a safer and more compassionate society, education and understanding are essential tools. To that end, we have curated a thought-provoking reading list that explores the various facets of domestic violence, offering insights, empathy, and empowerment to survivors and allies alike.

"The Color Purple" by Alice Walker

A powerful classic, "The Color Purple," delves into the lives of African-American women during the early 20th century. The novel unravels the complexities of abuse, resilience, and the healing power of sisterhood. Alice Walker's masterpiece takes readers on a transformative journey, demonstrating the strength that can be found amidst unimaginable hardship.

"Big Little Lies" by Liane Moriarty

In this gripping contemporary fiction, Liane Moriarty weaves a tale of secrets and lies in the seemingly perfect lives of three women. As domestic violence unfolds, the novel explores how communities can come together to support survivors and challenge societal norms. A captivating read with important messages about breaking the cycle of abuse.

"Crazy Love" by Leslie Morgan Steiner

Leslie Morgan Steiner shares her harrowing personal story of surviving an abusive marriage. "Crazy Love" is a raw and candid memoir that confronts the stigma around domestic violence while providing a deeply personal perspective on the complexities faced by survivors. Steiner's courage and resilience shine through, inspiring hope and understanding.

"Behind Closed Doors" by B.A. Paris

This psychological thriller follows the seemingly perfect marriage of Grace and Jack. But as the title suggests, there is more to their relationship than meets the eye. "Behind Closed Doors" is a chilling reminder that domestic violence can hide behind a facade of normalcy, compelling readers to question the private lives of those around them.

"No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us" by Rachel Louise Snyder

In this eye-opening non-fiction work, Rachel Louise Snyder meticulously examines the pervasive issue of domestic violence. Through powerful stories of survivors and abusers, Snyder delves into the underlying causes, societal patterns, and the urgent need for change. "No Visible Bruises" is a call to action for society to take a stand against domestic violence.

"The Burning Girl" by Claire Messud

"The Burning Girl" follows the friendship between two young girls, Julia and Cassie, as they navigate adolescence and the complexities of their families. This novel sensitively explores the impact of domestic violence on children, providing a unique perspective on how abuse affects not only those directly involved but also those who witness it.

"Not That I Could Tell" by Jessica Strawser

In this riveting mystery, Jessica Strawser tells the story of a tight-knit community grappling with the sudden disappearance of a young mother and her children. As secrets emerge, the novel sheds light on the challenges faced by survivors seeking to escape abusive relationships and rebuild their lives.


Reading can be a transformative experience, allowing us to understand and empathize with the experiences of others. This Domestic Violence Awareness Reading List seeks to promote empathy, education, and awareness about the pressing issue of domestic violence. By delving into these diverse narratives, we hope to foster compassion, empowerment, and a collective commitment to breaking the cycle of abuse. Together, we can build a safer, more supportive society for all.

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We are domestic violence survivors, co-authors of Relationship Detox, and Abundant Relationship coaches.

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