Book Recommendations for Dealing with Abusive Relationships

Recommended Books on Dealing with Abusive Relationships

He Promised He'd Stop (Non-fiction) by Michael Groetsch

Geared towards women in abusive relationships, this is a fantastic resource for women suffering from domestic violence, providing specific strategies towards protecting themselves and having the courage to leave violent relationships.

Better Boundaries: Owning and Treasuring Your Life (Non-fiction) by Jan Black


Excellent for readers struggling with codependency, have a history of abusive relationships and for those who struggle to say no.

Where to Draw the Line (Non-fiction) by Anne Katherine 


Anne Katherine's book on setting appropriate boundaries is the book you need to read if you want to change the course of a difficult relationship with a loved one or a work colleague to one that’s more equal, effective and open. The effectiveness of our personal and professional relationships and the level of respect we command are dependent on the effectiveness of the boundaries we set.

The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (Non-fiction) by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis

A comprehensive guide for women who were sexually abused as children. Women are often in denial about their abuse as a method of self-preservation. Talking about these issues and expressing the emotions that they have endured in childhood such as anger is a key part of healing and overcoming the depression, anxiety and addictive behaviours that otherwise take hold or that have already taken hold.


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