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Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month

Kingston Libraries have a wide range of resources which support the 'Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month May 2021'

This is an annual event held each May to raise community awareness of the social and personal impacts of domestic and family violence and the support available to those affected. Have a look at the following suggestions or ask library staff for any further assistance.

Family Violence | Divorce and Separation | Self Care | Kanopy | Support Services | Useful Apps

Family Violence

'8 keys to safe trauma recovery: take-charge strategies to empower your healing'
by Babette Rothschild

This book gives 'Self Help' to therapy clients, and therapists alike the skills to understand and implement eight keys to successful trauma healing: mindful identification of what is helpful

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'Smarty pants, kitty or tiger? : children and women give voice to their experience of family violence.'
by McAuley Community Services for Women

In this book women and children who have lived within family violence give voice to their experiences through art and story as part of a creative arts project at McAuley's safe house

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'Blame changer : understanding domestic violence'
by Carmel T. O'Brien

Blame Changer by psychologist Carmen O'Brien is also a practical guide that will help victims of abuse and shows friends and family how to help.

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'See What You Made Me Do Power, Control and Domestic Abuse'
by Jess Hill

See What You Made Me Do is a deep dive into the abuse so many women and children experience, abuse that is often reinforced by the justice system they trust to protect them. Critically, it shows that we can drastically reduce domestic violence, not in generations to come, but today.

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Divorce and Separation

'Unbreakable: women share stories of resilience and hope'
Edited by Jane Caro

Unbreakable shows that every woman, no matter her success, has a story, and that together we are stronger.

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'Breaking Upwards: How to Manage the Emotional Impact of Separation'
by Charlotte Friedman

The break-up of a relationship can be a devastating experience, leaving you with overwhelming feelings of grief and anger. As Charlotte Friedman shows in this valuable new book, it doesn't have to be that way.

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'Co parenting after divorce : a GPS for healthy kids'
by Jess Hill

This book introduces the Guidance for Parenting System (GPS), a road map for parents during and after divorce.

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Self Care

'Simple self-care'
by Anastasia Charisiou

Simple Self-Care is a practical guide to reclaim the parts of yourself you've neglected or judged unkindly; to accept and heal pain from the past.

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'Mindfulness Pocketbook: Little Exercises for a Calmer Life'
by Gill Hasson

The second edition of the Mindfulness Pocketbook: Little Exercises for a Calmer Life brings you exercises and practices to achieve greater balance and harmony in all areas of your life. You'll find new ideas for enjoying nature, being mindful at work, staying physically active, and encouraging creativity.

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'Anxiety: practical about panic : a practical guide to understanding and overcoming anxiety disorder'
by Joshua Fletcher

Anxiety: practical about panic is a complete, easy-to-read and hugely practical book about anxiety from someone who knows how to recover and live your life to the full - and will show you how.

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'Private Violence' (2014)
Directed by Cynthia Hill

Watch on Kanopy


'Behind Closed Doors: Children Who Witness Domestic Violence' (2015)
Directed by Hilary Pryor

Watch on Kanopy

Support Services


Ph. 1800 737 732

Confidential information, national family violence counselling and support service. Free telephone and online counselling services.

Information and support for victims including definitions of family violence as well as information about healthy relationships.



Ph. 1300 134 130

Free support, referral and information for all Victorian women, nonbinary and gender diverse people.

Phone, email, online chat and Walk-In Centre (bookings for the walk-in service is essential).

Useful Apps

Daisy App

Apple iOS device

Daisy is a free app. It is for women around Australia and assists with connecting users with services for the impacts of sexual assault family violence and domestic violence.


Sunny App

Apple iOS device

Android device

Sunny is a free app and is designed for users with a disability. Sunny is 1800RESPECT's app for women with disability. It can support persons who have experienced violence and abuse. p>