The Black Woman's Guide to Overcoming Domestic Violence
Tools to Move Beyond Trauma, Reclaim Freedom, and Create the Life You Deserve
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: New Harbinger Publications
Your journey to healing and wholeness after domestic violence begins here.
Domestic violence is about power and control. As a Black woman and a survivor of domestic violence, you have had your power taken away from you against your will. You are not alone, and there are tools you can use to feel whole and in control of your life again. Written by two psychologists and experts in BIPOC mental health, this book will show you how to start healing—mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), this compassionate book addresses the unique struggles faced by Black women who have experienced domestic violence. You’ll find practical and empowering skills to help you understand and heal from trauma, leave harmful situations, and regain a sense of safety and freedom. You’ll also learn how to build a safety net, trust yourself—and others—again, and let go of the shame and guilt resulting from your experience. Finally, you’ll discover ways to reclaim your self-worth, set boundaries in your relationships, and make room for self-care in your day-to-day life.
If you’re ready to leave—or have already left—an abusive situation, this book can help you heal from the trauma of domestic violence and discover personal freedom in mind, body, and spirit.
“A marginalized group speaking truth—that violence done to it by the larger culture turns into violence within (to women in intimate partnerships)—requires courageous breaking of silence. I stand in awe of these authors’ willingness to break silence, calling out the social pathologies of racism, misogyny, and white supremacy, and their effects on African American women. This volume should be in the library of every therapist and every shelter for women seeking refuge from such violence.”~Laura S. Brown, PhD, ABPP
—Laura S. Brown, PhD, ABPP, past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women and the American Psychological Association Division of Trauma Psychology, and clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington
“Written by and for Black women, The Black Woman’s Guide to Overcoming Domestic Violence offers a united journey to radical healing and liberation from domestic violence. In sharing the knowledge they have as licensed psychologists in easy-to-understand ways, Shavonne J. Moore-Lobban and Robyn L. Gobin create a loving space where Black women can understand themselves and their experiences while carving a path toward greater joy, hope, and happiness.”~Jennifer M. Gómez, PhD
—Jennifer M. Gómez, PhD, assistant professor at Boston University, board member at the Center for Institutional Courage, and creator of cultural betrayal trauma theory
“Finally, a book that unapologetically speaks to Black women survivors of domestic violence. Shavonne J. Moore-Lobban and Robyn L. Gobin are expert psychologists and researchers committed to Black women’s health. They have crafted a perfect blend of educational information on domestic violence and practical, data-informed activities to assist Black women on their healing journey. The authors start with the premise that all Black women deserve to live joy-filled lives. The book is filled with concrete and accessible culturally informed strategies Black women survivors of domestic violence can use to recognize their personal power, reclaim control, and practice self-care. Look no further. Your healing journey starts here.”~Helen A. Neville
—Helen A. Neville, professor of educational psychology and African American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Moore-Lobban and Gobin have skillfully opened the door to discussing domestic violence in the Black community. They clearly understand the sensitivity of this topic, and with care have centered the experience of the Black woman, humanized her, and, without judgment, given her tools to heal. Black women around the world will be sharing this groundbreaking book with the women in their circles—I know I will!”~Charmain F. Jackman, PhD
—Charmain F. Jackman, PhD, psychologist, speaker, consultant, and founder/CEO of InnoPsych Inc.—a tech company focused on disrupting inequities in mental health
“As a clinician and a Black woman, I truly appreciated this book. It was refreshing to read a book that acknowledges the unique struggles we Black women face with intimate partner violence. The journal prompts and reflections help us self-reflect on our experiences and move us toward wholeness. I will keep this book in my arsenal as a desk reference—for my clients, clergy, and myself.”~Jennifer Shepard Payne, PhD, LCSW
—Jennifer Shepard Payne, PhD, LCSW, research scientist and clinician at Kennedy Krieger Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress, and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University
“Thank you! Moore-Lobban and Gobin have written a visionary, smart, and practical healing guide that centers the experiences of Black women. They aptly celebrate the strength, power, and resilience of Black women, while at the same time naming the intersecting oppressions that make them more vulnerable to domestic violence. This critical resource provides a road map for Black women as they transform themselves from survivor to thriver.”~Stephanie Brown
—Stephanie Brown, CEO of Casa Myrna Vazquez, a Boston-area domestic violence organization working to ensure every relationship is safe and healthy