Reading List: Working with Victim Survivors of Sexual Assault

The Basics

Bass, E & Davis, L. (2002)
The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, Harper Perennial.

Braswell, L. (1990)
Quest For respect: A Healing guide for Survivors of Rape, Pathfinder Publishing, California. (Out of print)

Easteal, P & McOrmond-Plummer, L. (2006)
Real Rape Plain: Help for Women Sexually Assaulted by Male Partners, Hybrid Publishers

Herman, J. (1992)
Trauma and Recovery, Basic Books.

Matsakis, A. (2003)
The Rape Recovery Handbook Step By Step Help For Survivors of Sexual Assault, New Harbinger Publications

Rosenbloom, D & Williams, M.B.
Life After Trauma: A Workbook for Healing, The Guilford Press, New York.

Sanderson, C. (2006)
Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, Third Edition, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London and Philadelphia

Saakvitne, K.W., & Pearlman, L. A. (1996)
Transforming The Pain: A Workbook on Vicarious Traumatization, W.W.Norton 7 Company, New York

Scott, D., Walker, L & Gilmore, K. (1995)
Breaking The Silence: A Guide to Supporting Adult Victim/Survivors of Sexual Assault, CASA House, Melbourne

Taylor, S.C. (2004)
Surviving The Legal System: A Handbook for Adult and Child Sexual Assault Survivors & Their Supporters, Coulomb Communications

Childhood Sexual Assault

Aron Elaine N. (1997)
The highly sensitive person, paperback. EAN: 978-0553062182

Bass, E. & Davis, L. (1999)
Beginning to Heal: A Guide for Female Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, Vermilion, London

Burke Draucker C. & Steel Martsolf D. (2006)
Counselling Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Third Edition, Sage, London

Capacchione Lucia (1991)
Recovery of your inner child, paperback. EAN: 978-0671701352

Dolan, Y. (1998)
Beyond Survival; Living Well is the Best Revenge, BT Press, London

Gil, E. (1990)
Treatment of Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse, Launch Press, USA

Kinchin, D & Brown, E. (2003)
Supporting Children with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder – A practical guide for teachers and professionals. David Fulton, London

Levenkron, Steven (2008)
Stolen Tomorrows: Understanding and Treating Women’s Childhood Sexual Abuse

Ollier, K. & A. Hobday (2004)
Creative therapy: Adolescents Overcoming Child Sexual Abuse. ACER Press, Melbourne

Salter, A.C. (1995)
Transforming Trauma: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, Sage Publications, London

Wilson, C. and Powell, M. (2001)
A guide to interviewing Children, essential skills for counsellors, lawyers and social workers. Allen and Unwin, Australia

Young Women

ZigZag Young Women’s Resource Centre (2006)
Lighting the Path. Reflections on Counselling, Young Women and Sexual Assault, ZigZag Young Women’s Resource Centre, Brisbane, Australia

Family Violence

Davies, J. & Lyon, E. (1998)
Safety Planning With Battered Women: Complex Lives / Difficult Choices, Sage Publications, California, USA.

Evans, P. (1993)
Verbal Abuse Survivors Speak Out On Relationship and Recovery, Adams Media Corp, Holbrook, MA, USA

White, C. (Ed) (2003)
Responding to Violence: A collection of papers relating to child sexual abuse and violence in intimate relationships. Adelaide: Dulwich Centre Publications

Working With Men

Grubman-Black, S.D. (1990)
Broken Boys / Mended Men, Ballantine Books, USA.

Lew, M. (1990)
Victims No Longer: Men Recovering from Incest and Other Sexual Child Abuse, Harper & Row, New York.

Stott, S. (1999)
Understanding Sexual Violence Against Males: A Path to Recovery, Gippsland CASA, Morwell, Victoria


Aisbett, B. (1993)
Living With It; A Survivors Guide to Panic Attacks, Angus & Robertson, Australia

Aisbett, B. (2000)
Taming the black dog, a guide to overcoming depression. Angus & Robertson, Australia

Bourne, E.J. (2000)
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, Third Edition, New Harbinger Publications, Oakland.

Post Traumatic Stress and Trauma

Briere, J. & Scott, C. (2006)
Principles of Trauma Therapy: A guide to symptoms, evaluation, & Treatment, Sage Publications

Brewin, Chris R.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder EAN: 978-0300123746

Courtois, C. & Ford, D. (ed) (2009)
Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders; An evidence-based guide, The Guilford Press, NY, USA

Cozolino L. (2002)
The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy, Norton

Levine, P. (1997)
Waking the Tiger: healing trauma, North Atlantic Books, California, USA

Matsakis, A. (1996)
I Can’t Get Over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors, New Harbinger Publications, Oakland, USA

Matsakis, A. (1998)
Trust After Trauma: A Guide to Relationships for Survivors and Those Who Love Them, New Harbinger Publications, Oakland, California.

Ogden, Pat
Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy, Hardcover, Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company Published in: United States, Published: October 2006

Rothschild, B. (2000)
The Body Remembers, The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment, WW Norton & Company, New York, USA.

Rothschild, B. (2003)
The Body Remembers casebook, unifying methods and models of treatment of trauma and PTSD. Norton & Company, New York, USA.

Schiraldi, G. (2000)
The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook: a guide to healing recovery and growth, Laurell House Publishers.

Vermelyea, E.G. (2000)
Growing Beyond Survival: A Self-help Toolkit for Managing Traumatic Stress, The Sidran Press, Baltimore.

Walser, RD, Westrup, D. (2007)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for the Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorders and Trauma Related Problems, New Harbinger Publications, USA

Valent, P. (1999)
Trauma and Fulfilment Therapy: A Wholist Framework. Ann Arbor: Braun-Brumfield.

Valent, P. (1998)
From Survival to Fulfilment: A Framework for the Life-Trauma Dialectic. Ann Arbor: Braun-Brumfield


Haines, S. (1999)
The Survivors Guide to Sex – How to have an empowered sex life after childhood sexual abuse, Library of Congress, USA.

Maltz, W. (1999)
The Sexual Healing Journey, a guide for survivors of sexual abuse. Harper Collins, USA.

Maltz, W. & Boss, S. (1997)
In the Garden of Desire, understanding the intimate world of women’s sexual fantasies. Doubleday, New York.

Maltz. W & Boss, S. (2001)
Private Thoughts: Exploring the Power of Women’s Sexual Fantasies, New World Library, Canada

Maltz, W. & Homan, B. (1987)
Incest and Sexuality a guide to understanding and healing. Library of Congress, USA

Sark (1997)
Succulent Wild Women dancing with your wonderful self. Firespie, New York


Graber, Ken (1991)
Ghosts in the Bedroom: A Guide for the Partners of Incest Survivors, Paperback, Publisher HCI

Vicarious Trauma

Rothschild, B. & Rand, M. (2006)
Help for the Helper; The Psychophysiology of Compassion Fatigue & Vicarious Trauma, WW Norton & Company, New York, USA.


Hubble, M.A, Duncan, B.L & Miller, S.D. (2000)
The Heart and Soul of Change: What works in Therapy. Americal Psychological Association, Washington, USA.

Linehan, M (1993)
Cognitive Behavioural Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, Guilford Press, USA.

Linehan, M (1993)
Skills Training Manual for treating Borderline Personality Disorder, Guilford Press, USA.

Pathe, M (2002)
Surviving Stalking, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Ryan, G & Associates (1999)
Web of Meaning; A Developmental-Contextual Approach in Sexual Abuse Treatment, The Safer Society Press, Brandon VT, USA.