The Black Woman's Guide to Overcoming Domestic Violence: Tools to Move Beyond Trauma, Reclaim Freedom, and Create the Life You Deserve

Category: Book
Foreword By: Bryant, Thema
By (author): Gobin, Robyn L.
By (author): Moore-Lobban, Shavonne J.
Subject:  FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Abuse / Domestic Partner Abuse
  SELF-HELP / General
  SELF-HELP / Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Published: June 2022
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.49in
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From The Publisher*

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.

From The Publisher*Black women experience domestic violence and abuse at a disproportionately high rate. Grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), this first-of-its-kind book addresses the unique struggles faced by Black women who have experienced domestic violence, and empowers them to understand and heal their trauma, leave harmful situations, and regain a sense of safety and freedom.
Review Quote*"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, 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
Review Quote*"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, assistant professor at Boston University, board member at the Center for Institutional Courage, and creator of cultural betrayal trauma theory
Review Quote*"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, professor of educational psychology and African American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Review Quote*"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, psychologist, speaker, consultant, and founder/CEO of InnoPsych Inc.-a tech company focused on disrupting inequities in mental health
Review Quote*"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, research scientist and clinician at Kennedy Krieger Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress, and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University
Review Quote*"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, CEO of Casa Myrna Vazquez, a Boston-area domestic violence organization working to ensure every relationship is safe and healthy
Biographical Note

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.