Resources for Abuse Survivors


Brochure on Recovering from Sexual Assault from the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network:

National Sexual Violence Resource Center:

Stalking Resource Center:

Male Survivor: Overcoming Sexual Victimization of Men and Boys:

101 Resources for Domestic Violence Prevention:

Emotional and Psychological Trauma:

Interactive Online Program to Help Students Deal with Traumatic Events:



Bass, E. & Davis, L. (2008). The courage to heal: A guide for women survivors of child sexual abuse 4th Edition. New York: Harper & Row.

This is a classic and well-known resource that follows a similar model as The courage to heal workbook (Davis, 1990) as it is written by one of the same authors. This book has less workbook-type activities but it does have some guided journaling. It may be useful to have the client read this book and then work with the workbook exercises in counseling sessions. What is unique to this book is that it provides helpful biographies of survivors that might be helpful for clients seeking role models; however the biographies can also be difficult and possibly painful to read, especially for more fragile survivors. This book also has a chapter addressing the controversy regarding the recovery of memories and the best and most comprehensive guide to resources for survivors and their allies.

Davis, L. (1990). The courage to heal workbook: A guide for women and men survivors of child sexual abuse. New York: Harper & Row.

This resource guides the reader through exercises to promote acceptance and healing of sexual abuse experiences. It has many excellent activities that can also be used in counseling sessions. The workbook first starts by teaching coping skills to support the client in her/his healing work. The book then leads the client through activities designed to remember the abuse; identify the effects of the abuse; work through grief, anger and shame; and move towards self-trust and resolution. The workbook also addresses survivor issues such as sharing their story, confrontation and creating a healthy sexual relationship.  This resource can be used in conjunction with readings from The courage to heal (Bass & Davis, 1992).


Davis, L. (1991). Allies in healing: When the person you love was sexually abused as a child. New York: Harper Perennial.

Ledray, L. (1986). Recovering from Rape. New York: H. Holt.


Maltz, W. (1991). The sexual healing journey: A guide for survivors of sexual abuse. New York: Harper Perennial.


Walker, L.E. (1979). The Battered Woman. New York: Harper & Row.


Warshaw, R. (1988). I never called it rape: The Ms. report on recognizing, fighting and surviving date and acquaintance rape. New York: Harper & Row.



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