Children's Books About
Domestic Violence


Domestic violence children's books, chosen from three sources

These children's books about domestic violence were recommended on more than one highly regarded bibliotherapy list.

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Appearing on 3 bibliotherapy booklists

  • Something is Wrong at My House by Diane Davis

Appearing on 2 bibliotherapy booklists

  • Clover's Secret by Christine Winn and David Walsh, Ph. D.
  • A Family That Fights by Sharon Bernstein
  • I Wish the Hitting Would Stop by Susan Patterson, M.S.
  • Mommy and Daddy are Fighting by Susan Paris and Gail Labinski
  • A Safe Place by Maxine Trotter
  • Something is Wrong at My House by Diane Davis
  • A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret M. Holmes
  • When Mommy Got Hurt by Ilene Lee & Kathy Sylwester

Children's Books About Domestic Violence Special Mentions

DV children's books (and related) that are reviewed on this site:


Bibliotherapy - Domestic violence children's books

This list of children's books about domestic violence was compiled by consulting some of the best bibliotherapy booklists on the subject and finding the books that were common to more than one list.

Kicked the chair, not the cat, from Mark Twain's Sketches, New and Old

The three sources I consulted were:

  • Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council Children’s Issues Committee list of children's books
  • Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition early childhood resources
  • The Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System: Books to Read with My Children

Amazon search results for domestic violence children's books.

The bibliotherapy page contains more booklists.

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