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.
Shavonne J. Moore-Lobban, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified, licensed psychologist with clinical and research expertise in understanding and treating trauma, as well as general mental health and well-being, through a cultural context. She has authored articles, book chapters, and numerous presentations and workshops. She also has an upcoming book about understanding child maltreatment in the Black community. She has written and developed curriculum on sexual and interpersonal assaults, and has been called to participate in government efforts to reduce the demand of sexual exploitation. She is an associate professor and training director at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Washington DC campus, where she teaches future psychologists to be culturally aware and responsive clinicians and scholars. She is also a clinician who provides individual and community-based services that focus on the mental health and well-being of marginalized populations. Moore-Lobban has contributed to communities locally and nationally as a board member for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, and previously for the American Psychological Association's Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, respectively. She is also president-elect of the American Psychological Association's Society of Counseling Psychology. Robyn L. Gobin, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, consultant, and meditation teacher with clinical and research expertise in interpersonal trauma, the cultural context of trauma recovery, and women's mental health. She is assistant professor in the department of community health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she conducts externally funded research on interpersonal trauma and teaches aspiring health care professionals how to support mental health in marginalized communities. She has supported the development of mental health professionals by providing national trainings on culturally aware trauma treatment and creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environments. In addition to publishing forty research articles on trauma and mental health, Gobin has authored self-help books, including The Self-Care Prescription, The Self-Care Prescription Journal, and The Doing My Work Therapy Journal. Her current professional service includes the American Psychological Association's Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race, and the Division of Trauma Psychology. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, and was guest coeditor for a special issue on discrimination, violence, and healing in marginalized communities. Gobin is active in her community, serving on nonprofit boards and leading workshops centering self-care, mental health, and mindfulness meditation. Foreword writer Thema Bryant, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, ordained minister, and sacred artist who has worked nationally and globally to provide relief and empowerment to marginalized persons. She is a professor at Pepperdine University, and is past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women. Her contributions to psychological research, policy, and practice have been honored by the American Psychological Association (APA); the Institute of Violence, Abuse, and Trauma; and the California Psychological Association. She has served as a mental health media consultant for numerous print, radio, and television media outlets, including but not limited to HuffPost, NPR, CBS, Oxygen, CNN, BET, TV One, Lifetime, OWN, and WE TV.