Trauma & Addiction

Hari, Johann.  Chasing the Scream: the First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.  New York: Bloomsbury, 2015.

Karr-Morse, Robin & Wiley, Meredith S.  Scared Sick: the Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease.  New York: Basic Books, 2012.

Miller, Alice.  The Truth Will Set You Free:  Overcoming Emotional Blindness and Finding Your True Adult Self.  New York: Basic Books, 2001.

Silberg, Joyanna L.  The Child Survivor: Healing Developmental Trauma and Dissociation. New York: Routledge, 2013.

Twerski, Abraham J.  Addictive Thinking: Understanding Self-Deception.  Center City: Hazelden, 1997.

van der Kolk, Bessell.  The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.  New York: Viking, 2014.  (Includes an excellent list of resources pp. 363-370.)

Memoir (Child Abuse)

Ellison, Randy.  Boys Don’t Tell:  Ending the Silence of Abuse.  New York: Morgan James, 2011.

Fontaine, Claire and Mia.  Come Back: a Mother and Daughter’s Journey Through Hell and Back.  New York: Harper Collins, 2006.

Levine, Noah.  Dharma Punx.  New York:  Harper Collins, 2003.

Randis, K.L. Spilled Milk: Based on a True Story.  Create Space, 2013.

Family Court & Child Abuse

Jaffe, Peter G., Nancy K.D. Lemmon and Samantha E. Poisson.  Child Custody & Domestic Violence:  a Call for Safety and Accountability.  Thousand Oaks:  Sage Publications, 2003.

Mason, Mary Ann.  The Custody Wars: Why Children Are Losing the Legal Battle and What We Can Do About It.  New York: Basic Books, 2000.

Sharp, Paula.  Crows Over a Wheatfield: a Novel.  New York: Simon & Schuster Inc., 1996.

Snow, Keith Harmon.  The Worst Interests of the Child: the Trafficking of Children and Parents Through U.S. Family Courts.  Atlanta: Burning Sage, 2016.


Eisler, Riane.  The Power of Partnership: Seven Relationships that Will Change Your Life. Novato: New World Library, 2004.

Frankl, Viktor E.  Man’s Search for Meaning.  Boston: Beacon Press, 2006.  (First published in German in 1946.)

Rosenberg, Marshall B.  Nonviolent Communication: a Language of Life.  Encinitas: PuddleDancer Press, 2003. 


“The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives.  Their mission also includes serving family members, friends, and partners by providing information and support resources on the web and in the community.  Researchers estimate that 1 in 6 men have experienced unwanted or abusive sexual experiences before age 18. This is likely a low estimate, since it doesn’t include non-contact experiences, which can also have lasting negative effects.  If you’ve had such an experience, or think you might have, you are not alone.”

“When Mariska Hargitay started playing Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the content of the scripts, as well as the work she did to prepare for the role, opened her eyes to the epidemics of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. What she learned was staggering:  One in three women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives.  Every two minutes in the United States, someone is sexually assaulted.  More than five children die every day in this country as a result of child abuse and neglect, and up to 15 million children witness domestic violence in their homes each year. 

But what really opened her eyes—and subsequently, her heart—was the fan mail she received. The letters didn’t say, “I love your show. Can you send me an autographed picture?”  They said, “I was raped when I was fifteen. I’m forty now and I’ve never told anyone.” Survivors were disclosing their stories to her, many for the first time.

The fact that these individuals were revealing something so personal to someone they knew only as a character on television demonstrated to Mariska, and to all of us, how desperate they were to be heard, believed, supported and healed.

Her response was to create Joyful Heart.”

On-line platform focuses on education and legislation for prevention of child abuse.  Founded by Andrew Willis (see About the Book bios on this website.)  Barry Goldstein, JD is a member of the team and received the 2015 “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Battered Mothers’ Custody Conference.  Melanie Blow is also on the Stop Abuse Campaign team and also has a featured essay in the “Other Voices” section of Lou’s book, Free To Tell:  Lou’s Writing Shines a Light on Child Abuse & Addiction.