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Books and information for people who have been abused, supporters and professionals. Information pack for survivors and the comprehensive National Resource Directory, which includes resources and organisations, information and helpsheets

The Truth Will Set You Free

Alice Miller

Basic Books 2003

One of many books by this recommended author and practitioner, connecting childhood abuse with trauma and describing how to release the truth in order to heal.

Trauma & Recovery:

From domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Judith L. Herman, Rivers

Oram Press/Pandora 


Excellent book on the dynamics of trauma and the healing process.

A Bright Red Scream:

self-mutilation and the language of pain

Marilee Strong



One of the best books around about self-harm, its root causes and possibilities for healing

From Silence to Sanctuary

Jane Chevous,


London 2004

A new book with a survivor’s take on abuse, its causes, effects and how to prevent it and support survivors and all those affected. Considers working with offenders, justice and forgiveness and imagines an emergent survivors’ theology. Publishes October 2004

The Courage to Heal

Ellen Bass & Laura Davis,


London 1997

A very helpful and comprehensive book for survivors and supporters (USA)

Breaking Free,

Help for survivors of child sexual abuse

Carolyn Ainscough & Kay Toon

Sheldon Press

London 1993

A practical and helpful book for survivors, UK written and workbook available

Child Sexual Abuse and the Churches

Patrick Parkinson,

Hodder & Stoughton,

London 2004

Essential reading for all church leaders and concerned Christians.

Bound to Sin, Abuse, Holocaust and the Christian Doctrine of Sin

Alistair McFadyen


Cambridge 2000

Systematic and practical theology that engages with the concrete reality of abuse.

Ungodly Fear, Fundamentalist

Christianity and the Abuse of Power

Stephen Parsons


Oxford 2000

Deals with all examples of abuse with a thoughtful, sensitive and practical approach

Power for God’s Sake,

Power and Abuse in the Local Church

Peter Beasley-Murray

Paternoster Press

Carlisle 1998

Accessible “reality-check” of abuse of power and biblical. practical response

Surviving Child Sexual Abuse

Jeanette Gosney

Grove 2002

An accessible booklet that gives the best insight I’ve seen into the experience of church and spirituality faced by survivors, helpful and unhelpful theologies and practical ways churches can respond more appropriately.

Time for Action: Sexual abuse,

the Churches and a new dawn for survivors

The Report to Churches Together in Britain and Ireland of the Group established to examine issues of Sexual Abuse, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, London 2002. Includes good theology chapter and worship resources.

Praying for the Dawn: a Resource Book for the Ministry of Healing

Ruth Burgess & Kathy Galloway (eds),

Wild Goose Publications 2000

A creative and practical resource for insightful worship and healing ministry.

What’s so Amazing About Grace?

Philip Yancey,

Zondervan Publishing House 1997

A compelling look at grace and forgiveness, no “quick-fix” but lots of inspiration.

The Pattern of Our Days: Liturgies and Resources for Worship

Kathy Galloway (ed.)

Wild Goose Publications 1996.

This collection includes a liturgy concerned with women who have been abused and one on places of safety for all ages.

Home is Where the Hurt is:

Domestic Violence and the Church’s response


Grove Books

Cambridge 1994

Healing Spiritual Abuse

Ken Blue,

Intervarsity Press,

Illinois 1993

Abusive power in churches, how to escape and avoid it.

Beautiful Child; The Tiger’s Child; Once Child; Murphy’s Boy; Twilight Children; Somebody Else’s Kids; Ghost Girl; Just Another Kid

Torey Hayden

Torey Hayden is a gifted teacher of children with special needs – mostly children with emotional needs and elective mutes. Each of these books tells the true stories of some of the children she worked with and their survival and triumphs over the abuse they suffered.

The Kid

Kevin Lewis

“Kevin never had a chance. Growing up on a poverty stricken London council estate, beaten and starved by his parents, bullied at school and abandoned by social services, his life wa never his own. Even after he was put in to care, he found himself out on the streets caught up in a criminal underworld that knew him as “the kid”. Yet Kevin survived to make a better life for himself. And this is his heartbreaking and inspiring story…”


Julie Gregory

“from early childhood, Julie Gregory was continually x-rayed, medicated and operated on in the van pursuit of an illness that was created in her mother’s mind.” This book is about Munchausen by Proxy and how Julie survived this abuse and went on to build a life for herself.

To Die For

Carol Lee

This is a book written about Carol’s god daughter and her battle to overcome anorexia.

Out Of The Dark

Linda Caine & Robin Royston

a “raw and powerful journey that Linda takes with her psychiatrist Robin Royston to discove what lies at the heart of her depression” “the secrets of her African childhood and adolescence are buried so deep that to reveal them may destroy her completely.”

Cry Salty Tears

Dinah O’Dowd

Dinah is the mother of Boy George. This is the story of the abuse and neglect she suffered as a child and the violence she suffered from her husband as an adult.

Our Little Secret

Duncan Fairhurst

Duncan was abused by his father from the age of 4 to 14. This is his story of survival, the prosecution of his father “this is a devastating but compelling account of a boy who triumphed over evil.”

Please, Daddy, No

Stuart Howarth

Stuart’s story of childhood abuse and its consequences. Stuart thought he was going to be attacked again and lashed out at his abuser which resulted in his death and Stuart going to jail for 2 years.


Cathy Glass

“A deeply moving story of how one foster carer’s profound patience and love unlocked a little girl’s darkest, most painful secrets.”


Flora Recta-Schrieber

Sybil has DID, this is the story of how she learned about herself with her therapist.

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