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If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.
If you are being abused, know there is nothing you have done or are doing to cause the abuse. It is solely the choice of the abuser to abuse. It may seem impossible to escape your abuser, change your circumstances, or find the help you need, but it is possible. However, you know your situation best, so think carefully through your situation and circumstances and do what is the best for you.
- adapted from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website
In the Catalog
Date Rape by A diversity of opinions on the topic of date rape are presented, including both conservative and liberal point of view.
Publication Date: 2007-12-10
Dating Violence by Women between the ages of sixteen and twenty-four experience the highest rate of dating violence, almost triple the national average. Understanding what dating violence is can help would-be victims, whether male or female, avoid getting involved with someone who could become violent, or provide readers much-needed guidance if they are already in a potentially violent relationship. Resources are provided to help victims end an unhealthy relationship and recover both emotionally and physically. Warning signs, causes, statistics, and options for legal recourse are also included.
Publication Date: 2015-07-15
Abusive Relationships and Domestic Violence by Domestic violence often seems clear-cut, but some forms of abuse are not as easy to identify as physical abuse. Emotional abuse leaves no visible marks, although its effect on a person's psyche can be just as devastating. Understanding abuse is the first step toward ending an abusive relationship. Enlightening charts, annotated quotes from experts, and real-world examples help young adults identify abuse in relationships with romantic partners, close friends, or family members. This knowledge gives them the tools they need to break free of an unhealthy relationship or help a loved one do the same.
Publication Date: 2018-12-15
Domestic Violence Sourcebook by Provides basic consumer health information about the physical, mental, and social effects of violence against intimate partners, children, teens, parents, and the elderly, along with prevention and intervention strategies. Includes index, glossary of rel
Publication Date: 2016-03-01
Rape and Sexual Assault by It is estimated that almost 1.3 million women and girls in the United States are raped each year. Fifty-four percent of rapes go unreported, and 97 percent of rapists are never incarcerated for their crimes. This guide to coping with rape and sexual assault takes readers by the hand and guides them through the survival process, whether the reader is a victim or the friend of a victim. Beginning with what to expect when reporting the crime and ending with becoming an activist in order to help others, this guide is a must-read for any individual who needs information and support.
Publication Date: 2013-07-15
Sexual Assault and Abuse by Since young women today receive conflicting and confusing messages about dating, sexuality, and image, it is not surprising they can find themselves wondering if they've been sexually abused. It is estimated that a sexual assault occurs once every two minutes. That means that teens need to be aware of the many forms sexual abuse can take and the best practices for trying to prevent it. This guide will help them make sense of the issue, emphasizing that the victim is never to blame. Readers will be armed with crucial information that will help them know what to do if it happens to them or their friends or loved ones.
Publication Date: 2015-07-15
Sexual Assault on Campus by Explore the issue of sexual violence by placing expert opinions in a unique pro/con format. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications. By choosing from such diverse sources and including both popular and unpopular views, the Opposing Viewpoints editorial team has adhered to its commitment to editorial objectivity. Readers are exposed to many sides of a debate, which promotes issue awareness as well as critical thinking.
Publication Date: 2016-02-04
The Sexual Trauma Workbook for Teen Girls by The Sexual Trauma Workbook for Teen Girls offers healing, real-life stories from survivors and powerful, evidence-based tools to help you reclaim your life after sexual abuse or trauma. If you've been sexually abused or experienced sexual trauma, you may feel confused, angry, ashamed, and unable to move forward emotionally. You're not alone. Like many teens who've been abused, you may be tempted to keep the secret locked deep inside and feel uncomfortable discussing your struggles with others. If so, this book can help you find your voice. This empowering workbook will help you move past your trauma and serve as a comforting reminder that you are strong and resilient. Healing is possible--and with healing, comes victory. In this book, you'll find true stories from other teen survivors, and in reading the stories you'll find reassurance in knowing you aren't alone in your experiences. You'll also find practical and proven-effective strategies and exercises to help promote emotional healing and reclaim your sense of self. Sexual abuse or trauma may be a part of your past, but it doesn't need to define who you are now. This book will help you as you start on the path toward healing so you can move forward with confidence.
Publication Date: 2016-06-01
Stop Signs by Most abusers display warning signs that intelligent women miss--mostly because the majority of women have not been trained to recognize them. In this groundbreaking book, Lynn Fairweather--an expert in the field of intimate partner violence response and prevention--provides women with the information they need to recognize dangerous menbefore they become victims of abuse. Educational and empowering,Stop Signs exposes the discernable attributes, tactics, and deterrents of abusers, arming women with the tools they need to choose a safe and loving partner. In the first section, Fairweather familiarizes readers with the topic of intimate partner violence and explains how to develop the combination of self-esteem, preparation, and assertive awareness that can protect women from involvement with abusive individuals; in the second section, she explores the minds of abusers, explaining what visible signs of danger are present in their attitudes and actions; and in the last section, she provides women with effective strategies for safe extraction should they find themselves involved with an abuser. A go-to manual for women everywhere,Stop Signs contains the life-saving information needed by anyone who is living with abuse, knows someone who is, or wishes to avoid becoming involved in a potentially life-threatening relationship.
Publication Date: 2012-04-10
When Dating Becomes Dangerous by Send your teenager out into the dating world equipped with the knowledge, strength, and communication skills to walk away from relationships that are abusive--and to develop healthy ones. As our kids grow older and they start asserting their independence, we worry about their safety and well being. And when it comes to dating and intimacy, it is hard to know how to protect them when a would-be gentle relationship turns violent, be it verbally or physically. The fact is that as many as one in four high school and college-aged youth are affected by an abusive relationship. So, how do we as parents protect our kids from becoming another statistic? And how do we give them the self-assurance to leave a dangerous situation? In this informative guide for parents, Barry Levy and Patricia Occhiuzzo Giggans, both experts in relationship violence, draw on their professional experience to provide guidance for getting through the relationship challenges kids, both gay and straight, face today. Here you'll discover: How to give your teen the skills to encourage healthy relationships Why many teenagers hide their abusive relationship How to recognize the warning signs of dating violence, including cyber abuse What to do if your child is the abuser, and when girls are the perpetrator of abuse
Publication Date: 2013-11-05
Break the Cycle
Break the Cycle inspires and supports young people to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse.
Family & Youth Services Bureau
Information on family violence prevention and services resource centers from the Domestic Violence Resource Network, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
A comprehensive range of federal resources on healthy adolescent relationships from the Office of Adolescent Health.
Intimate Partner Violence
The Center for Disease Control offers information on intimate partner violence, including a PDF file on preventing intimate partner violence at all ages and recent articles and publications on the subject, in addition to providing links to additional resources.
Love is Respect
Love is Respect’s mission is to engage, educate, and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence - Other Organizations
An extensive list of organizations dedicated to assisting victims of abuse covering a wide variety of needs.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence - Resources
An extensive list of resources covering a wide variety of needs.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) created and operates the National Sexual Abuse Hotline and its online version. It works in partnership with more than 1,000 sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. Also available in Spanish.
A place for crime victims to learn about their rights and options confidentially and compassionately. Offers a telephone based hotline and online chat as well as web-based information and service referrals.
- National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline - 1.866.331.9474
- National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1.800.799.SAFE (7233), 1.800.787.3224 (TTY)
Staffed 24 hours a day by trained counselors who can provide crisis assistance and information about shelters, legal advocacy, health care centers, and counseling.
- National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1.800.656.HOPE (4673)
Created and operated by RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). Routes callers to local RAINN affiliate organizations, where they will be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider.
- Victim Connect Hotline - 1.855.4VICTIM (1.855.484.2846)
Provides information and referrals for victims of all crime.
Text "love" to 22522
24 Hour Domestic Violence Hotlines
New Castle County: 1.302.762.6110
North Kent County: 1.302.678.3886
Kent/Sussex County: 1.302.422.8058
Sussex County (Spanish): 1.302.745.9874
For Friends and Family
Books for Understanding Sexual Consent
A tongue-in-cheek recommended reading list put together by Bookriot to help people of all ages understand the concept of sexual consent.
Useful information on steps to take if you or a loved one are making plans to leave an abusive relationship from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Understanding Why Victims Stay
A brief, thorough overview of some of the reasons why victims of abuse remain in abusive situations from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.