Womens Support Project

Violence against women and children

This section offers a selection of helpful resources on the main areas of violence against women. 

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Violence Against Women – General

Defining Violence
Understanding the causes and effects of violence
Edited By Hannah Bradby
Pub. Ashgate Publising Ltd England, 1996
These papers explore the ways that different forms of violence might be interconnected in their effects as well as in their causes.

Feminist Frameworks
Building theory on violence against women
By Lisa S. Price
Pub. Basics from Fernwood Publishing, Canada, 2005
A comprehensive analysis of the nature and meanings of men’s violence against women and children.

From Homebreakers to Jailbreakers: Southall Black Sisters
Edit By Rahila Gupta
Pub. Zed Books, England, 2003
Makes the connections between race, gender and class and ensures that a neglected area of current feminist debate is not lost to history.

Surviving Sexual Violence
By Liz Kelly
Pub. University of Minnesota Press, USA 1988
An excellent book based on in-depth interviews with 60 women,which covers women’s experience of sexual violence

Violence And Abuse In The Lives Of People with Disabilities.The end of
silent acceptance?
By Dick Sobsey
Pub. Brookes Publishing, 1994
What are the measures that can be taken to prevent, or at least limit, the risk of abuse? This book is aimed at two groups, first information on prevention for parents and people involved with services. Second for the use of police, child protection workers and others involved in abuse prevention and intervention.

Child Sexual Abuse – for adults

Allies In Healing
When the person you love was sexually abused as a child
By Laura Davis
Pub. Harpercollins, 1991
Offers practical advice and encouragement to all partners – girlfriends, boyfriends, spouses and lovers to support the survivors in their lives while tending to their own needs along the way.

Beginning To Heal
A first guide for female survivors of child sexual abuse
By Ellen Bass & Laura Davis
Pub. Cedar, London, 1993
A helpful easy-to-read guide through the key stages of the healing process.

Breaking Free
Help for survivors of child sexual abuse
By Caroline Ainscough and Kay Toon
Pub. Sheldon Press, London, 2000
This manual is designed to help survivors of child sexual abuse. Explores effects of child sexual abuse,which often persist into adult life – guilt and shame, depression and anxiety, eating disorders, fear of relationships and sexual problems.

Breaking Free Workbook
Practical help for survivors of child sexual abuse
By Caroline Ainscough and Kay Toon
Pub. Sheldon Press, London, 2000
With more emphasis on practical exercises than “Breaking Free”, the workbook offers survivors and supporters help to explore the impact of child sexual abuse.

Surviving Child Sexual Abuse
A handbook for helping women challenge their past
By Liz Hall and Siobhan Lloyd
Pub. The Falmer Press, London, 1993
Examines what sexual abuse entails for a child and why it happens. Personal and professional issues for helpers are addressed as are the long-term effects of sexual abuse.Useful for setting context in work with child or adult survivors.

Strong Mothers
A resource for mothers and carers of children who have been sexually
By Ann Peake & Marion Fletcher
Pub. Russell House Publishing, Dorset, 1997
Aims to give support and information to women whose children have been sexually abused. Includes quotes from mothers of sexually abused children.

Victims No Longer
Men recovering from incest and other sexual child abuse
By Mike Lew
Pub. Harper & Row, USA, 1990
A handbook for recovery for men who experienced childhood sexual abuse, and for the people who care for them.

Child Sexual Abuse – Children And Young People

Back On Track
Boys dealing with sexual abuse, for boys aged 10 and up
By Leslie Bailey Wright, Mindy B. Loiselle, David Calof
Pub. Atlantic Books, 1999
Written for victims and their families, it addresses male victims’major concerns sensitively and supportively while offering practical and helpful advice on the recovery process

Helping Your Child Recover From Sexual Abuse
By Caren Adams & Jennifer Fay
Pub. University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1987
Explains what actions to take when child abuse is discovered, and discusses common behaviour changes, such as grief and lack of self-esteem.

Hurting Inside
A book for young people
By Lois Arnold & Anne Magill
Pub. The Basement Project, Abergavenny, 1998
Information and advice for young people who have been abused or neglected in any way.

No More Secrets
Protecting your child from sexual assault
By Caren Adams & Jennifer Fay
Pub. Impact USA, 1983
Advises parents how to recognise the behavioural symptoms of an abused child, and recommends practical ways to talk to children about sexual abuse and what they can do to avoid it.

Shining Through
Pulling it together after sexual abuse, for girls aged 10 and up
By Mindy B. Loiselle & Leslie Bailey Wright
Pub. Safer Society Press 2nd Edition, 1997
A superb guide for young girls that can also help women understand the feelings they had as children. Includes material on body image and self-esteem.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Fiona’s Story
A tragedy of our times
By Irene Ivison
Pub. Virago, London, 1997
Fiona, the author’s daughter had fallen through the social net and ended up in the hands of a pimp.Details the failure of the care and justice systems to challenge the abuse of children and young women in prostitution.

The Idea of Prostitution
By Sheila Jeffreys
Pub. Spinifex, 1997
This work explores the idea of men’s entitlement to abuse and profit from the abuse of women in prostitution.

Prostitution,Trafficking and Traumatic Stress
By Melissa Farley (Ed)
Pub. The Haworth Press, USA, 2003
The book presents clinical examples, analysis and original research which sets out to counteract the commonly held myth about the harmlessness of prostitution. It explores the connections between prostitution, incest, sexual harassment, rape and assault.

Getting Off
By Robert Jensen
Pub. South End Press, USA, 2007
Robert Jensen launches a powerful critique of mainstream pornography.

Pornography.The production and consumption of inequality
By Gail Dines, Robert Jensen and Anne Russon
Pub. Routledge, New York, 1998
An empirical investigation of the pornography industry itself.  The authors engage in a systematic examination of the politics, production, content and consumption of contemporary mass-market heterosexual pornography.

Domestic Abuse

Breaking Through
Women surviving male violence
Pub. Women’s Aid Federation, UK, 1991
The thoughts of a group of women with personal experience of male violence, during a year when they met to share their experiences and responses.

Domestic Violence And Child Protection.Directions for good practice
Edited By, Catherine Humphreys and Nicky Stanley
Pub. Jessica Kingsley, London, 2006
Leading practitioners and researchers outline the essential safety considerations for children, adult victims and child protection workers, and stress the importance of listening to children’s experiences.

Getting Free
You can end abuse and take back your life
By Ginny Nicarthy
Pub. Seal Press, USA, 1997
A guide for women who experience domestic abuse.

Dragon Slippers
This is what an abusive relationship looks like
By Rosalind Penfold
Pub. Grove Press, Black Cat, UK 2006
A very good book in comic strip style that will help the reader to understand the complexities of domestic violence, based on one woman’s experience.

Coercive Control
By Evan Stark
Pub. Oxford University Press, New York, 2007
Evan Stark argues that interventions have failed to improve women’s long-term safety in relationships or to hold perpetrators accountable. Stark identifies a form of subjugation that men use in abusive relationships that closely resembles kidnapping or indentured servitude.He calls this pattern “coercive control”.

Childhood Experiences Of Domestic Violence
By Caroline McGee
Pub. Jessica Kingsley, London, 2000
Focuses on first-hand accounts from children and young people regarding their experiences of both domestic violence and support services.

Mothering Through Domestic Violence
By Lorraine Radford and Marianne Hester
Pub. Jessica Kingsley, London, 2006
Case studies are used to explore key issues that should be considered during assessment and planning, such as the psychological impact on children of living in an abusive household; mother and child protection from an abusive partner during court proceedings; and child contact with an abusive parent.

Rape and Sexual Assault

Free Of The Shadows
Recovering from sexual violence
By Caren Adams & Jennifer Fay
Pub. New Harbinger Publications Inc. USA, 1993
Describes the emotional problems faced by rape victims, tells how to handle the reactions of friends and family, and suggests a path to recovery.

I Never Called It Rape
By Robin Warshaw
Pub. Harper & Row, USA, 1988
Explores ‘date’ rape, including what it is,why it happens, and its impact on victims.

Recovering From Rape
Linda A. Ledray
Pub. Holt (Henry) & Co, U.S, 1994
Provides psychological and practical guidance to women coping with the
aftermath of rape.

Overcoming the Effects of Violence and Abuse
The Woman’s Comfort Book
A self-nurturing guide for restoring balance in your life
By Jennifer Louden
Pub. Harper One, 2005
Every woman will find something in here to do which will make her feel better.
This for example could mean ‘hiding under the covers’ for a day; the message in this book gives you permission to do this.

Making Sense Of Self Harm
By Lois Arnold and Anne Magill
Pub. The Basement Project, Abergavenny, 2000
A very useful book that helps us to understand why people self-harm and makes suggestions on how to respond and support someone who self-harms.

Managing Anger
Positive strategies for dealing with difficult emotions
By Gael Lindenfield
Pub. HarperCollins, 1996
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.

Communities working together can stop violence against women and children by Rachel McIndoe


Feeling Yes Feeling No
Produced by Viewtech Educational Media, 1984
Running Time 43 mins
The purpose of this DVD is to give children the skills necessary to protect themselves from sexual assault,whether from strangers and trusted adults.

Produced By Century Films, 2006
Running Time 60 mins
A film about rape.The first 40 minutes is a scripted drama followed by a ‘trial’, in front of a real judge and jury.

Let Me Tell You
Produced by Scottish Women’s Aid, 2006
Running Time 17 minutes
Raises awareness of the issues that women and children experiencing domestic abuse face when trying to access support from agencies.

Love,Honour and Disobey
Produced by Faction Films, 2005
Running Time 61 mins
Tells the story of domestic violence in Britain’s black and minority communities.

Produced By Principal Films, 2001
Running Time 60 mins
A documentary film about an English woman, Felicity,who went to Los Angeles with hopes of becoming a porn star.The reality was very different.

Not For Sale
Produced By European Women’s Lobby and Coalition Against Trafficking In Women, 2006
Running Time 23 mins
Women who have been involved in prostitution challenge traditional views and myths on prostitution and sexual exploitation.

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