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When Dad Hurts Mom: Helping Kids Heal from Witnessing Abuse
by Lundy Bancroft

Can my partner abuse me and be a good parent? Should I stay with my partner for my kid’s sake? How should I talk to my kids about the abuse and help them heal? Am I a bad mother? Mothers in abusive relationships ask themselves these questions. A counselor reveals how abusers interact with and manipulate kids and how mothers can help their kids recover from the trauma of witnessing abuse.

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The Truth About Dating, Love, and Just Being Friends
by Chad Eastham

The author offers clarity, revelations, and answers to teenager’s biggest questions: How do I know who to date? When should I start dating? How should I start dating? Is this really love? Why do guys just want to be friends? Packed with humor that adds to the sound advice, this book can help teens make better decisions, have healthier relationships, and be more prepared for their futures.

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In Love and In Danger: A Teen’s Guide to Breaking Free of Abusive Relationships
by Barrie Levy

With one out of 11 high school students experiencing physical abuse, this book is an important read for teenagers who have questions about abusive dating relationships, helps them understand the causes and consequences of their situation, learn what they can do about it, find help from parents and other adults, and discover how to build healthier relationships.

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Lizzy Lives In An Angry House: Learning to Thrive In the Midst of an Angry Environment
by Karen Addison MSPH

This resource will help children and families make sense of an angry parent, show how to love them and still be able to stand/speak up, and teach ways to keep themselves safe. It is one of few resources that speaks about verbal and emotional abuse from a child’s perspective. Addison has children who have experienced abuse share their feelings and what works in helping them heal and overcome.

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Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape
by Peggy Orenstein

Drawing on in-depth interviews with more than seventy young women and a wide range of psychologists, academics, and experts, renowned journalist Peggy Orenstein goes where most others fear to tread, pulling back the curtain on the hidden truths, hard lessons, and important possibilities of girls sex lives in the modern world.

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Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept
by Jayneen Sanders

This beautifully illustrated children’s picture book sensitively broaches the subject of keeping children safe from inappropriate touch. We teach water and road safety, but how do we teach Body Safety to young children in a way that is neither frightening nor confronting? This book is an invaluable tool to broach the subject of safe and unsafe touch in a non-threatening and age-appropriate w…

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Girl On The Brink
by Hoag, Christina
Die for You
by Amy Fellner Dominy

Emma must face her senior year in a new school knowing absolutely no one. Then she meets Dillon Hobbs and something just clicks. But just when everything seems picture-perfect, Emma is offered an opportunity that will upend the future they’ve planned. Uncertainty grows, and fear spirals into something darker. What if saving Dillon means losing herself?

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by Terra Elan McVoy

Nikki’s life is far from perfect, but at least she has Dee. Her friends tell her Dee is no good, but Nikki can’t imagine herself without him. He’s hot, he’s dangerous, he has her initials tattooed over his heart, and she loves him more than anything. There’s nothing Nikki wouldn’t do for Dee. When Dee pulls Nikki into a crime that ends in murder she tells herself that it’s all for true love.

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The Girl Who Fell
by S.M. Parker

Zephyr is focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and leaving her small town for her dream school, Boston College. Enter the new boy in school, Alec. He’s cute, charming, and understands her fears and insecurities, he even shares them. Soon, their relationship becomes something bigger than Zephyr, something she can’t control, something she doesn’t want to control.

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by Sarah Dessen

Love can be a very dangerous thing. After her sister left, Caitlin felt lost. Then she met Rogerson. When she’s with him, nothing seems real. But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him?

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