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This book is for anyone who knows or works with victims/survivors; attorneys, law enforcement, social workers, family and friends concerned about loved ones, clergy… and any helping profession.


The book takes the reader through the various aspects of a victim’s encounters; the history of domestic abuse, the legal system (courts, divorce, custody), law enforcement, workplace domestic violence, religion, the intersection of the LGBTQ+ community and intimate partner abuse, domestic abuse in the military, how culture influences victims’ decisions, batterer/abusers and intervention programs/counseling, and the impact of domestic violence on health and mental health of victims and children.


The book can be used in its entirety or simply the chapters the reader is interested in using. Each chapter concludes with additional recommended readings and videos. Caution: Viewing the videos can be triggering, as they are graphic, both in content and language. If a reader is triggered, it is recommended that you consult a domestic violence advocate or therapist for assistance. You can also contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 (800) 799-SAFE. (7233)


Finally, readers are cautioned not to be deterred by information or data which seems to be “old”. Most domestic violence research is published almost 10 years after the research is concluded. The author has attempted to provide the most up-to-date information possible.


The author hopes that readers will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions: why victims stay/when victims leave; what help is available; why do abusers abuse; and what about the children? It is also hoped that you find some comfort in your actions – no matter the role you may play in the victim and children who live in violent homes.

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Dr. CarolAnn Peterson is a compassionate, dedicated, and passionate educator. Her expertise in DV makes her an invaluable resource to organizations who are looking to provide support to survivors and spearhead prevention efforts. Dr. Peterson is a wonderful communicator, talented speaker and an experienced advocate. It is a joy to know her both professionally and personally. I’m grateful for her generosity in offering support to myself and others who work with her in this field of violence prevention.

 Nicole Snell C.E.O Girls Fight Back!

Thank you Dr. Peterson for the book!  Follow @peterson_carolann for all her expert content on domestic violence.  She is a friend of mine & was my USC professor, get her book!  You won't learn DV like she teaches it...I guarantee."


Rosio Borroel, LCSW

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