Department of Family Services – Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building, Floor 7, Suite 740
Fairfax, VA 22035

Toni Zollicoffer,

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month - Media List

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Check out the list of media recommendations to learn more about preventing domestic violence and supporting survivors.

Domestic and Sexual Violence Services in collaboration with Fairfax County Libraries has curated this list of books and movies related to domestic violence.

Non-Fiction Books

When Dad Hurts Mom: Helping Your Children Heal the Wounds of Witnessing Abuse by Lundy Bancroft

Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men by Lundy Bancroft

Son of a Gun: A Memoir by Justin St. Germain

Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Lewis Herman

The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help by Jackson Katz

The Batterer as Parent: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics by Lundy Bancroft, Jay G. Silverman

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival by Kelly Sundberg

No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know about Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise Snyder

Crazy Love: A Memoir by Leslie Morgan Steiner Written on the Body: Letters from Trans and Non-Binary Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence by Lexie Bean and Dean Spade

Fiction Books

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

You by Caroline Kepnes

Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen

Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult

Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King

Children's Books

A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret M. Holmes

How Are You Feeling Today, Baby Bear?: Exploring Big Feelings After Living in a Stormy Home by Jane Evans

Angryman by Gro Dahle

Hands Are Not for Hitting by Martine Aggasi


I, Tonya*



What’s Love Got to Do with It*

Private Violence*

* Movie ratings may vary.

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