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The Domestic Violence & Incest Resource Centre Library holds the most comprehensive collection of books, articles, videos and research on family violence in Victoria. The library is open to the public. Visitors are welcome to borrow books, videos and self-help material. Ring to make an appointment with the librarian

Our library provides:

  • Books and videos (see below for new books & videos in our library)
  • Reports and research
  • Self-Help and Recovery Books

New Library Books


Court Licensed Abuse: Patriarchal Lore and the Legal Response to Intrafamilial Sexual Abuse of Children (2004). By Dr S. Caroline Taylor. This book is based on award winning research that analyses transcripts of intrafamilial child sexual abuse trials. The reader is taken on a virtual walk through four entire trials and is privy to evidence and legal arguments withheld from juries. These case studies show the legal mechanisms through which victims' accounts of abuse are transmuted into forms that facilitate the acquittal of the alleged abuser, thus replicating the power relations inherent in the original abuse.


Abuse: questions and answers for counsellors and therapists (2003). Moira Walker, Whurr Publishers Ltd, London. Answers to frequently-asked questions on how to work with survivors of abuse.


Bullying: from backyard to boardroom, 2nd edition (2001). Edited by Paul McCarthy, Jane Rylance, Robin Bennett and Helga Zimmermann, The Federation Press, NSW. This Australian book looks at the bullying in relationships, in workplaces and in schools.


Mother Daughter Incest - A Guide for Helping Professionals. Beverley A. Ogilvie, (2004). The Haworth Maltreatment & Trauma Press, NY, USA.


Domestic Violence in Australia: The Legal Response (3rd Edition). Renata Alexander, Sydney, Federation Press (2002). This is the third edition of the useful and accessible guide to legal issues and domestic violence in Australia. Renata Alexander provides a guide to 'what helpers need to know', including criminal repsonses and the role of the police, restraining orders, protection orders and penalites for breaches, and taking violence into account in property and custody disputes. The third edition highlights the extensive changes in state and federal legislation over the last ten years, and looks at the disparity of responses in the eight states and territories.


Making Waves: Attending to Lesbian Relationship Violence edited by Kassa Bird, a LIPS project published by Wayward Concepts, Byron Bay (2003). This is a useful resource manual which includes a discussion of definitions, myths, pamphlets and legal issues, a guide for professionals on how to respond, and a list of services and groups available. It contains a collection of articles discussing theoretical issues in a feminist analysis of lesbian domestic violence.


Children’s Perspectives on Domestic Violence By Audrey Mullender, Gill Hague, Umme Imam, Liz Kelly, Ellen Malos & Linda Regan (2002). Published by Sage Publications, London. Written for those working with children, this book explores the effects of domestic violence on children, children’s own ideas about what would help them the most to cope and advice from children to other children, mothers and the helping professions. Children’s voices and stories feature strongly throughout the book.


Child Custody and Domestic Violence, Jaffe, P., Lemon, N. and Poisson, S. (2003), Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, Ca.This book examines laws in the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. In the relation to Australian Family Law reform in 1995, it states: 'Although it does not use the term ‘joint custody’, the Family Law Act introduces for the first time the concept of joint parental responsibility, which has already proven to be problematic in domestic violence situations in the United States. Shared responsibility or joint custody can give batterers, who are already focused on their own rights rather than on the needs of people around them, more control over their children and former partners'. The key elements for effective legislation are discussed in the book, including that there should be a presumption against a perpetrator of domestic violence having either sole or joint custody.

New Videos in our Library


'From This Day Forth', Australian Story, 2004. ABC Television. (see also Australian Story on ABC website www.abc.net.au). Ann O'Neil describes how her husband became increasingly intimidating and abusive. After a separation, he broke into her home, shot her in the leg, then killed both of their children and himself. Ann describes how she went from 'being a mother of two, to a single person coping with a disability'. She says 'If a stranger had done this, the world would be outraged. But because it was my husband I must have caused this in some way'.


'Losing the Children', Four Corners Program 2004. ABC Television (see also www.abc.net.au). Jayson Dalton took the lives of his two children then killed himself. This is Dionne Dalton's story.


Through New Eyes: Exploring the Hidden Dynamics of Domestic Violence. Hunter Valley Domestic Violence Committee, NSW, 2002. This kit comprises four videos, a CD-Rom, a handbook and worksheets. It has a particular focus on non-physical forms of violence and looks at the impact on the victim and her children; barriers to leaving; and violence prevention and young people.


A Love that Kills Ontario Women’s Directorate, Canada, 1999 (19 minutes). Video uses actors to recreate the true story of Monica, a 19 year old Canadian woman who was killed by her ex-boyfriend. The video features a real life interview with Monica's mother, interspersed with scenes outlining the development and deterioration of Monica’s violent relationship. Actors playing Monica’s friends discuss how they noticed changes in Monica’s behaviour throughout the course of the relationship.This video is suitable as an education tool for adolescents and young adults.


Stepping Stones. Gippsland Women's Health Service, 2000 (20 minutes). Produced by domestic violence services in the Victorian region of Gippsland, this video is suitable for women who have recently left or are contemplating leaving violent relationships. Two women who are survivors of domestic violence are interviewed about the ramifications of the violennce and how they have been able to take positive steps to build new lives.


Big Shame. Education Centre Against Violence, NSW, 1999 (20 minutes). Fictional account of a young Aboriginal girl, Emma, who is being sexually molested by her grandfather, a respected Aboriginal elder in the community. Outlines the development of the abuse, the effect of the abuse on Emma and the barriers for Emma in attempting to seek help.

Creating the Future. Jannawi Family Centre, NSW, 2000 (60 minutes) This video is part of a handbook to be used by education professionals and social workers who are working with children aged 5-12, whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. The video is presented by Noni Hazelhurst. Puppets called ‘The Jannawi Kids’ are used to show the experiences of children living with domestic violence in the home, and how these experiences affect their interactions with others and their feelings about themselves. Strategies for dealing with these feelings in a positive manner are explored. The hand-book contains activity sheets for children, which further explores and develops the themes presented in the video, and contains instructions for educators on appropriate use of the material.


Good Things Too. The National Film Board of Canada, 1996 (47 minutes) A drama about five teenagers who have survived sexual abuse. The video explores the pasts of these young people through animated flashback sequences; and portrays hope and empowerment for their futures. It is accompanied by a users’ guide. The same producers have also made a video (Good Things can Still Happen, 1992) on sexual abuse for primary school age children.

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