The following list of books, articles and editorials is provided as an introduction to the spectrum of issues connected to violence against women and relationship abuse. This list is intended only as an educational tool for those interested in learning more about violence against women. The Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness does not necessarily support the ideas, opinions, theories or beliefs of the authors and organizations expressed in materials included on this reading list.

We encourage readers to approach the texts with a critical eye and to consider perspectives expressed therein as facets of a complex issue.


Black and Blue 
by Anna Quindlen

The Taming of the Shrew 
by William Shakespeare

The 13th Juror 
by John T. Lescroart

Strange Fits of Passion 
by Anita Shreve

We Were the Mulvaneys 
by Joyce Carol Oates

Walking with the Wind 
by John Lewis

Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston

Additional Reading