Resources on Domestic Violence and Gender-Based Violence

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In honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Toward Inclusive Excellence has curated the following list of print titles and online resources that consider domestic violence through the lenses of health, the law, psychology, and diverse identities. Also included are titles that expand this scope to investigate violence against women more broadly, including cases studies from overseas, prison abolition, sexual assault, and a range of ways, big and small, in which women are diminished, demeaned, and objectified in society. Although many of these topics are painful to dig into, they all reveal important insights, necessary for ultimately pushing for an end to domestic violence and violence against women.

Electronic Resources:

  1. Human Rights Campaign: Understanding Intimate Partner Violence in the LGBTQ+ Community
  2. MedlinePlus: Intimate Partner Violence
  3. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
  4. National Domestic Violence Hotline
  5. United Nations: What is Domestic Abuse?
  6. United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: CDC Works to Address Violence Against American Indiana and Alaska Native People
  7. United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Violence Prevention: Intimate Partner Violence
  8. United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): Indian Health Service: Intimate Partner Violence Prevention
  9. United States Department of Justice: Office of Justice Programs: National Institute of Justice: Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men
  10. United States Department of Justice: Office on Violence Against Women (OVW): Domestic Violence
  11. World Health Organization (WHO): Violence Against Women


  1. Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation (2012) by Beth E. Richie
  2. Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World (2020) by Jessica Valenti and Jaclyn Friedman
  3. Beneath the Tamarind Tree: A Story of Courage, Family, and the Lost Schoolgirls of Boko Haram (2019) by Isha Sesay
  4. The Black Woman’s Guide to Overcoming Domestic Violence: Tools to Move Beyond Trauma, Reclaim Freedom, and Create the Life You Deserve (2022) by Shavonne J. Moore-Lobban and Robyn L. Gobin
  5. Body Evidence: Intimate Violence against South Asian Women in America (2007) ed. by Shamita Das Dasgupta
  6. Critical Trauma Studies: Understanding Violence, Conflict, and Memory in Everyday Life (2016) ed. by Monica J. Casper and Eric Wertheimer
  7. Decriminalizing Domestic Violence: A Balanced Policy Approach to Intimate Partner Violence (2018) by Leigh Goodmark
  8. Death by Domestic Violence: Preventing the Murders and Murder-Suicides (2008) by Katherine van Wormer and Albert R. Roberts
  9. Domestic Violence Against Men and Boys: Experiences of Male Victims of Intimate Partner Violence (2022) ed. by Elizabeth A. Bates
  10. Domestic Violence in Asian-American Communities: A Cultural Overview (2005) ed. by Tuyen D. Nguyen
  11. Domestic Violence in Diverse Contexts: A Re-Examination of Gender (2015) by Sarah Wendt and Lana Zannettino
  12. Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny (2017) by Kate Manne
  13. Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence (2023) ed. by Todd K. Shackelford
  14. Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence and Abuse (2013) ed. by Laura L. Finley
  15. Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women (2020) by Kate Manne
  16. Framing the Victim: Domestic Violence, Media, and Social Problems (2004) by Nancy Berns
  17. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (2017) by Roxane Gay
  18. Imperfect Victims: Criminalized Survivors and the Promise of Abolition Feminism (2023) by Leigh Goodmark
  19. Interpersonal Violence in the African-American Community: Evidence-Based Prevention and Treatment Practices (2006) ed. by Robert L. Hampton and Thomas P. Gullotta
  20. Intimate Partner Violence: A Health-Based Perspective (2009) ed. by Connie Mitchell
  21. Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ Lives (2011) ed. by Janice L. Ristock
  22. Know My Name: A Memoir (2019) by Chanel Miller
  23. LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence: Lessons for Policy, Practice, and Research (2017) by Adam M. Messinger
  24. Men’s Experiences of Violence in Intimate Relationships (2019) by Marianne Inéz Lien and Jørgen Lorentzen
  25. No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us (2019) by Rachel Louise Snyder
  26. Peaceful Families: American Muslim Efforts Against Domestic Violence (2019) by Juliane Hammer
  27. Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in India (2013) by Amana Fontanella-Khan
  28. Psychological and Physical Aggression in Couples: Causes and Interventions (2009) ed. by K. Daniel O’Leary and Erica M. Woodin
  29. Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (2016) by Monique W. Morris
  30. Rethinking Domestic Violence (2006) by Donald G. Dutton
  31. The SAGE Handbook of Domestic Violence, 2v. (2020) ed. by Todd K. Shackelford
  32. Sex Object: A Memoir (2016) by Jessica Valenti
  33. Sexed Up: How Society Sexualizes Us, and How We Can Fight Back (2022) by Julia Serano
  34. Sharing Our Stories of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence (2007) ed. by Sarah Deer et al.
  35. Transgender Intimate Partner Violence: A Comprehensive Introduction (2020) ed. by Adam M. Messinger and Xavier L. Guadalupe-Diaz
  36. Transgressed: Intimate Partner Violence in Transgender Lives (2019) by Xavier L. Guadalupe-Diaz
  37. “Trivial Complaints”: The Role of Privacy in Domestic Violence Law and Activism in the U.S. (2009) by Kirsten S. Rambo
  38. A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System (2011) by Leigh Goodmark
  39. Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement (2021) by Tarana Burke
  40. Unscrewed: Women, Sex, Power, and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All (2017) by Jaclyn Friedman
  41. Violence Against Indigenous Women: Literature, Activism, Resistance (2017) by Allison Hargreaves
  42. Violence against Women and Girls: Lessons from South Asia” (2014) by Jennifer L. Solotaro and Rohini Prabha Pande
  43. Women, Intimate Partner Violence, and the Law (2021) by Heather Douglas
  44. Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape (2008; new ed., 2019) by Jessica Valenti and Jaclyn Friedman

TIE is grateful to the following Choice reviewers who graciously contributed specialized recommendations to the list above:

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Dr. Laura D’Amore

Professor of Cultural Studies, Roger Williams University

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Karen Evans

Librarian; Chair of Public Services, Cunningham Memorial Library, Indiana State University

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Dr. Angela Hattery

Professor of Women & Gender Studies; Co-Director, Center for Study & Prevention of GBV, University of Delaware

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