How Libraries Are Participating in Domestic Violence Awareness Month (with Book List!)

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. TechSoup is participating by amplifying what other agencies, collaborators, and libraries in our network are doing to raise awareness around this important issue. Here are a few ways libraries are participating this month.

Aldrich Public Library: Raising Awareness, Recommending Books

The Aldrich Public Library in Barre, Vermont collaborated with a local domestic violence agency to curate a book display. The director, Sarah Costa, also shared, "We're doing a book display in partnership with our local domestic violence hotline." The library's excellent book list is included at the end of this post.

Taylor County Public Library: Lunch and Learn

The Taylor County Public Library in Campbellsville, Kentucky is planning a "Lunch and Learn" program focused on recognizing domestic violence. It also hopes to include a speaker from the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 

Pioneerland Library System: Collaborations and Author Events

In previous years, the Pioneerland Library System in west central Minnesota collaborated with a local domestic violence agency and served a BBQ supper during which attendees made donations to the agency. The library had a popular program with Darrel Day, the author of Stolen Years: A True Story of Domestic Abuse and Survival. Vicki Bartz, head librarian of the Ortonville/Graceville/Kerkhoven Public Library noted, "It was a powerful event for the community."

National Library of Medicine: Exhibits and Resources

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) in Bethesda, Maryland has a new traveling exhibit called Confronting Violence, Improving Women's Lives.

It is an exhibit any library can freely use that also includes online activities, lesson plans for educators, and digital images. It is a great opportunity to collaborate with other agencies and organizations in your communities.

Health Services Research Information Central (HSRIC) is a new topic page on domestic violence with all kinds of links to information, including data, webinars, and instruction that you can include in a library subject guide, especially if you have students doing research projects.

What Your Library Can Do

Domestic Violence Awareness Month happens once a year, but nonprofits in your community are working tirelessly every month to prevent violence and support survivors. Think about ways you can partner with and support these organizations year-round to raise awareness about this important issue.

-Sarah Washburn

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Domestic Violence-Related Books for Resource Guides and Book Displays

Hilary Abrahams, Supporting Women after Domestic Violence (2007)

Vera Anderson, A Woman Like You: the Face of Domestic Violence (1997)

Swati Avasthi, Split (2010)

Lundy Bancroft, Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men (2003)

Lundy Bancroft, The Batterer as Parent: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics (2002)

Tracy Bilen, What She Left Behind (2012)

Chris Bohjalian, Secrets of Eden (2010)

Jenna Brooks, October Snow (2012)

Elle Casey, Don't Make Me Beautiful (2013)

Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides (2002)

Meg Kennedy Dugan, It's My Life Now: Starting Over After an Abusive Relationship or Domestic Violence (2000)

Patricia Evans, The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to Recognize It and How to Respond, 3rd ed. (2010)

Janet Fitch, White Oleander (2000)

John Gottman and Neil Jacobson, When Men Batter Women (2007)

Susan Gruen, Water for Elephants (2006)

Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train (2014)

Elizabeth Haynes, Into the Darkest Corner (2011)

Joshilyn Jackson, Backseat Saints (2010)

S. L. Jennings. Fear of Falling (2013)

Ann Jones, Next Time She'll be Dead: Battering and How to Stop it (2010)

Marian Keyes, This Charming Man (2008)

Susan Koppelman, ed. Women in the Trees: U.S. Women's Short Stories About Battering and Resistance 1839-2000 (2004)

Janine Latus, If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister's Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation (2007)

Kerry Lobel, Naming the Violence: Speaking Out about Lesbian Battering (1986)

Angie Martin, False Security (2013)

Margi Laird McCue, Domestic Violence: A Reference Handbook, 2nd ed. (2007)

Faith McNulty, The Burning Bed (1980)

Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies (2014)

Gregg Olsen, If I Can't Have You: Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children (2014)

Jodi Picoult, Picture Perfect (2002)

Anna Quindlen, Black and Blue (2010)

Dianne Schwartz, Whose Face Is in the Mirror? The Story of One Woman's Journey from the Nightmare of Domestic Abuse to True Healing (2000)

Barbara Shoff, A Community of Butterflies: Chrysalis (2014)

Anita Shreve, Strange Fits of Passion: A Novel (2001)

Susan Sloan, Behind Closed Doors (2005)

Nicholas Sparks, Safe Haven (2010)

Evan Stark, Coercive Control: How Men Entrap Women in Personal Life (2009)

Ann Taves (ed.), Religion and Domestic Violence in Early New England: The Memoirs of Abigail Abbot Bailey (1989)

Josephine Thompson, Torn from the Inside Out (2004)

Tina Turner and Kurt Loder, I, Tina (1987)

Alice Walker, The Color Purple (1982)

Beverly A. Wallin, You Don't Have to be a Wimp to be Abused (2014)

Elaine Weiss, Surviving Domestic Violence: Voices of Women Who Broke Free (2004)

Susan Weitzman, Not to People Like Us: Hidden Abuse in Upscale Marriages (2001)

Image: Author Unknown / US Marine Corp / Public Domain 

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