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It’s My Life Now: Starting Over After an Abusive Relationship
by Meg Kennedy Dugan & Roger R. Hock

After finding a way out, a victim’s difficulties are solved: life is good, they are safe, and recovery is swift. Not so fast. Survivors know that leaving does not end the nightmare. It is the beginning of an often difficult journey to healing and happiness. This book offers practical guidance, exercises, reassurance, and awareness that survivors of relationship abuse need to reclaim their lives.

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Dance of Anger: A Woman’s Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships
by Harriet Lerner

“Anger is a signal and one worth listening to,” writes the author in this transforming book. While anger deserves our attention and respect, we learn to silence our anger, to deny it entirely, or to vent it in a way that leaves us feeling helpless. The author teaches both women and men to identify the true sources of anger and to use it as a powerful vehicle for creating lasting change.

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Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
by Daniel G. Amen

The neuropsychiatrist author offers evidence that anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, or impulsiveness could be related to how structures in your brain work, and offers “brain prescriptions” or exercises that can help heal your brain and change your life with techniques for calming inner turmoil, curbing anger, fighting off negative thoughts, improving problem solving and more.

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Your Life After Trauma: Powerful Practices to Reclaim Your Identity
by Michele Rosenthal

Now a professional coach helping trauma victims rebuild their lives, Michele Rosenthal struggled with the effects of medically-induced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for over 25 years before reaching a full recovery. Today, she is 100% free of PTSD. She applies her personal experience and professional wisdom to offer readers an invaluable roadmap to overcoming their own trauma.

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Psychopath Free (Expanded Edition): Recovering from Emotionally Abusive Relationships With Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Other Toxic People
by Jackson MacKenzie

Have you ever been in a relationship with a psychopath? Chances are, even if you did, you would never know it. Psychopaths are cunning charmers and master manipulators, to the point where you start to accept the most extreme behaviors as normal. Even if it hurts you. Guide for survivors written by a survivor, offering hope for healing and thriving after psychopathic abuse.

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The 10 Lies You Learn Growing Up with DV and the Truths to Set You Free
by Brian F. Martin

What did you learn growing up with domestic violence? How have you dealt with it? Are there certain things about yourself you wish weren’t true? This books offers insights you need to go from guilty to free, resentful to compassionate, sad to grateful, angry to passionate, hopeless to guided, worthless to accomplished, fearful to confident, self-conscious to attractive, and unloved to loved.

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The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
by Brene Brown

After abuse ends, feelings of inadequacy and shame can last. The author explores these difficult emotions and places importance on accepting imperfection and vulnerability. She guides readers through a process of beginning to “engage with the world from a place of worthiness” and learning to love yourself just as you are.

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The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the worlds foremost experts on trauma, uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain.

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How to Be Nice to Yourself: The Everyday Guide to Self Compassion: Effective Strategies to Increase Self-Love and Acceptance
by Silberstein-Tirch PsyD, Laura

Today’s the day to start loving yourself. How to Be Nice to Yourself makes it simple to start practicing self compassion with a wide variety of techniques and strategies that anyone can learn.

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The Safety Trap: A Security Expert’s Secrets for Staying Safe in a Dangerous World
by Spencer Coursen

Threat management expert Spencer Coursen offers proactive strategies to protect yourself and your loved ones in the event of hostile encounters and emergency situations in The Safety Trap: A Security Expert’s Secrets for Staying Safe in a Dangerous World.

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The Self-Esteem Regime: An Action Plan for Becoming the Confident Person You Were Meant to Be
by Clarissa Burt

Internationally renowned multimedia producer, supermodel, award-winning actress, and public speaker Clarissa Burt offers down-to-earth advice for women to help them manifest self-confidence in all aspects of their lives: relationships, family, friendships, careers, and everyday engagement. The book helps readers find worthiness through a concrete, step-by-step program for women of all ages and …

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Insight is 20/20: How To Trust Yourself To Protect Yourself From Narcissistic Abuse & Toxic Relationships
by Pumphrey MA LPC, Chelli

The majority of women survivors of toxic relationships do not have histories of significant trauma, nor are they codependent. Instead, they have certain personality traits that make them vulnerable to this relationship abuse. In Insight Is 20/20: How To Trust Yourself To Protect Yourself From Narcissistic Abuse & Toxic Relationships, Chelli Pumphrey’s anecdotes, clinical examples, and resear…

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UN/MASKED: Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl on Tour
by Donna Kaz

Donna Kaz was 24 years old when she moved to NYC in 1977 and landed a job serving beers and burgers at the classic bar, Jimmy Day’s. She was on her way until a tall, blonde, handsome actor sat in her station during a lunch shift. The actor was William Hurt who swept Kaz off her feet and carried her to Hollywood and back for a 3-plus year love affair that was fantastical and physically dangerous.

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Escape Points: A Memoir
by Michele Weldon

Untethered from a seemingly idyllic life with a handsome but abusive attorney husband, Michele Weldon relates the challenges and triumphs of the years that followed her divorce as she maneuvers through a complicated life of long daily commutes, radiation treatments, supporting the boys all-consuming high school wrestling careers and trying to mitigate their resentment at an absent father.

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A Safe Place for Women: How to Survive Domestic Abuse and Create a Successful Future
by Kelly White

A Safe Place for Women tells a harrowing, but ultimately hopeful, story of one woman’s ordeal with an abusive husband and how she gained the strength to leave him and thrive in a new life with her children. Noted women’s advocate Kelly White unsparingly revisits the dark periods of her husband’s irrational, violent moods. Her narrative makes clear why women often stay in such situations–and al…

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Liars, Cheats, and Creeps: Leaving the Sociopath Behind: 52 Sessions to Freedom in a Women’s Support Group
by Patricia Peters Martin Ph.D.

This book was written as a lifeline for women who are involved with men who lie, cheat, and mistreat their wives or girlfriends. Readers join a support group of four smart, educated women with careers and families who were lied to and devastated by the people who promised to love, honor, and protect them–their husbands. This book is the next best thing to attending a support group.

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Surviving a Cyberstalker: How to Prevent and Survive Cyberabuse and Stalking
by Alexis Moore

This book is written to help you protect yourself from cyberabuse and stalking and to empower you to fight back. It is vital to regaining control over your life in case you and a cyberpredator or stalker ever cross paths. Alexis Moore is the foremost cyberstalking authority in the world. In this book she shares her creative tactics overcoming cyberstalking.

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The Emotionally Abusive Relationship: How to Stop Being Abused and How to Stop Abusing
by Beverly Engel

Whether you suspect you are being emotionally abused, fear that you might be emotionally abusing your partner, or think that both you and your partner are emotionally abusing each other, this book is for you. In this breakthrough book, Beverly Engel, one of the world’s leading experts on the subject, shows us what it is and what to do about it.

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Crazy Love
by Leslie Morgan Steiner

At 22, Leslie Morgan Steiner seemed to have it all: good looks, a Harvard diploma, a glamorous job in New York City. Plus a handsome, funny boyfriend who adored her. But behind her facade of success, this golden girl hid a dark secret. She’d made a mistake shared by millions: she fell in love with the wrong person.At first, Leslie and Conor seemed perfect together. Then came the fights she trie…

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