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Recommended reading

Below is a selection of recommended books for survivors and their supporters. They should be available to order online and from bookshops.

Survivors of rape and sexual assault

  • The rape recovery handbook: Step-by-step help for survivors of sexual assault, Aphrodite Matsakis
  • Recovering from rape, Linda Ledray
  • I never called it rape, Robin Warshaw

Self-help and recovery from trauma

  • 8 key steps to trauma recovery, Babette Rothschild
  • Healing trauma: A pioneering programme for restoring the wisdom of your body, Peter Levine
  • Invisible heroes: Survivors of trauma and how they heal, Belleruth Naparstek
  • Healing rage: Women making inner peace possible, Ruth King
  • Mindfulness, John Kabot-Zinn

Survivors of childhood sexual abuse

  • The courage to heal: A guide for women and men survivors of child sexual abuse, Ellen Bass and Laura Davis
  • Beginning to heal: A first book for men and women who were sexually abused as children, Ellen Bass and Laura Davis
  • The courage to heal workbook: For women and men survivors of child sexual abuse, Ellen Bass and Laura Davis
  • Breaking free workbook: Practical help for survivors of child sexual abuse, Carolyn Ainscough and Kay Toon
  • The survivors guide to sex, Staci Haines

Family, friends and partners

  • Allies in healing: when the person you love was sexually abused as a child, Laura Davis
  • Ghosts in the bedroom: A guide for partners of incest survivors, Ken Graber
  • Strong mothers: a resource for mothers and carers of children who have been sexually assaulted, Anne Peake and Marion Fletcher
  • Partners in healing: A handbook for partners of rape survivors, Teri Platt

DABS – Directory and Books Services

DABS has a list of about 450 books for survivors of sexual violence and professionals, which they add to as new publications appear.

Their titles are categorised according to who they are aimed at and the subject matter they explore.

You can view their list below:

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