Womens Support Project

Overcoming the effects of violence and abuse

This section offers a selection of helpful resources on overcoming the effects of violence and abuse. 

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The hungry self: women, eating and identity
by Kim Chernin
pub. Virago, London 1985
Looks at compulsive eating and dieting, anorexia and bulimia. Looks at the many pressures on women to be the `ideal` size and shape. Relates problems with eating to women`s own self image and identity.

Fat is a Feminist Issue
by Susie Orbach
pub. Arrow
Published In the seventies and now a feminist classic, this pioneering book has helped many thousands of women to understand their difficult relationship with food and body image. Using case histories, looks at patterns of behaviour and feelings common amongst the many women who are compulsive eaters. Criticises the role of the media and fashion and diet industries in encouraging women`s selfdestructive obsession with dieting. The book contains a number of exercises such as guided fantasies which would be useful for group work. A book every women should read.

Women in therapy and counselling
by Moira Walker
pub. Open University Press, 1990
Written by a womans therapist and draws on women`s experiences in therapy and counselling. Looks at the powerful pressures women face in their lives, and the importance of understanding these pressures so that women`s difficulties are not trivialised. Uses personal accounts to describe how therapy and counselling can develop the resources women have within them. Includes women and aggression, eating disorders and violence against women.

Sisters of the Yam
Black Women and Self Discovery
by Bell Hooks
Pub. Turnaround, London 1993
Bell Hooks addresses the inner wellbeing of black women and how their development is shaped by the daily assault of institutionalised structures of domination. She explores strategies for self.recovery that can heal individuals
Who can I talk to?
By Judy Cooper & Jenny Lewis
Pub. Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1995
This book is an absolute must for anyone considering seeking the help of a therapist or counsellor. It outlines the theories
behind both the well known and less well known talking therapies. It also contains brief sections on where to seek help for specific problems such as eating disorders, selfmutilation, bereavement, alcohol, religious issues plus many more. There is a short but fairly comprehensive section on abuse in therapy, outlining the various things which can go wrong and the final section tackles the issue of how to cope with ending therapy.

Good grief rituals
Tools for healing
By Elaine Childs-Gowell
Pub. Station Hill Press, USA, 1992
A practical step by step guide which covers, stages of grief, loss, denial and flashbacks.

Overcoming anxiety
A self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques

By Helen Kennerley
Pub. Robinson, London, 1997
A self-help book which includes an introduction to the nature of anxiety and stress. Contains a complete self-help program. Can be used by those affected, family & friends and health professionals.

Overcoming low self-esteem
A self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques

By Melanie Fennell
Pub. Robinson, London, 1999
This book will help the reader understand the condition. Includes “What is low self-esteem”. Understanding low selfesteem and overcoming low self-esteem.

Overcoming traumatic stress
A self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques

By Claudia Herbert & Ann Whetmore
Pub. Robinson, London, 1999
This book provides practical advice to help overcome the effects of traumatic stress.

Overcoming panic
A self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques

By Derrick Silove & Vijaya Manicavasagar
Pub . Robinson, London, 1997
A self-help manual with a step-by-step management program for overcoming and preventing panic attacks and associated agoraphobia.

Managing anger positive strategies for dealing with difficult emotions

By Gael Lindenfield
Pub. Thorsons, London 1993
This book explains the effects of anger on bodies and minds and suggests strategies for preventing the build-up of frustration, and how to keep calm when faced with violent outbursts.

a book of poetry

By Andy McGuinness
Pub. Salty Press, Angus, 2001
An inspirational anthology

The Woman’s comfort book
a self-nurturing guide for restoring balance in your life

By Jennifer Louden
Pub. Harper SanFrancisco, 1992
A comprehensive resource for women, includes: creative selfishness, comfort rituals and a comfort journal

Coping with post-trauma stress
By Frank Parkinson
Pub. Sheldon Press, London, 2000
This book provides information on Post-Trauma Stress. Explains physical and emotional reactions. Also gives advice to partners, friends and helpers.

Overcoming childhood trauma a self help guide using cognitive behaviour therapy
By Helen Kennerley
Pub. Constable & Robinson, london, 2000
A self help manual for those who have suffered abuse in childhood. Chapters included are:- Understanding childood trauam and recovery, Preparing for change and working through key issues


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