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Emergency Assistance

Adult Survivors of Child Abuse:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Childhelp USA, National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-Child. This telephone number can be used 24 hours a day and also serves Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Childhelp Web site: Individual states have toll-free reporting lines too, and these are listed on this site, along with the main instructions, "TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS."

National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453. Resource for help to stop abusing.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) 1-800-787-3224 (TDD)

National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

Parents Anonymous: 1-800-843-5437. Resource for help to stop abusing.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE. This line routes instantly to the rape crisis center nearest the caller.

Sidran Institute for Traumatic Stress Education & Advocacy: Offers online information and resources.

Veterans with PTSD can also learn about resources available to them via links at the Web site of the National Center for PTSD:

“Twelve-step” programs

Alcoholics Anonymous:

Al-Anon: Resource for families and friends of problem drinkers.

Narcotics Anonymous:

For pregnancy and birth preparation

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS): Using a questionnaire like the one available on this site may be helpful in preparing for birth and deciding on a care provider.

To find childbirth classes:

toLabor (The Organization of Labor Assistants for Birth Options & Resources):

Birthing from Within:


Bradley Method:

International Childbirth Education Association, Inc. (ICEA):

Lamaze International:

To find a practitioner:

American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM):

American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG):

DONA International: Resource to find a doula certified by DONA International

Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA):

Resources for the postpartum period, breastfeeding and parenting

Depression After Delivery, Inc. (DAD):

International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE):; IBLCE consultant registry:

International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN):

La Leche League: or for the Canadian Web site. If you can't find a La Leche League group near you in our Group Web listings and you can't find the information locally, dial 1-800-LALECHE (US). In Canada, telephone 1-800-665-4324.

Postpartum Depression Screening Scale: The scale can be purchased by qualified professionals through Western Psychological Services, at, or by calling toll-free: 800-648-8857.

Postpartum Support International (PSI): Web site:; 1-800-944-4PPD

Trauma and Birth Stress: Resource for help with the postpartum period and breastfeeding.

Some books on the postpartum period, including mental health and adjustment struggles:

The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood, by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

Rebounding from Childhood: Toward Emotional Recovery, by Lynn Madsen

Postpartum Survival Guide, by Ann Dunnewold and Diane G. Sanford

Some helpful books on parenting:

Your Child's Self-Esteem, by Dorothy Corkille Briggs

Your Baby and Child: From Birth to Age Five (Revised Edition), by Penelope Leach

The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer , by Harvey Karp, MD

Touchpoints, by T. Berry Brazelton and Joshua D. Sparrow

You Are Your Child's First Teacher, by Rahima Baldwin

Growing Together: A Parent's Guide to Baby's First Year, by William Sears, MD

Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic, by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Resources to aid in healing

Sidran Institute for Traumatic Stress Education & Advocacy: Offers online information and resources.

Veterans with PTSD can also learn about resources available to them via links at the Web site of the National Center for PTSD:

Gift From Within is an international non-profit organization for survivors of trauma and victimization:

Generation Five is an organization devoted to ending child abuse in 5 generations:

Stop the Silence is a non-profit organization working with others toward the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse:

Allies in Healing, by Laura Davis. A good book to recommend for partners of survivors.

The "Am I Ready to Reconcile" Workbook, by Laura Davis, co-author of The Courage to Heal, which is available free on her Web site: Discussion of the issues related specifically to reconciliation between abuse survivors and perpetrators.

The PTSD Sourcebook, by Glenn R. Schiraldi. A deeper look at a range of healing modalities.

Getting Free: You Can End Abuse and Take Back Your Life (2004), by Ginny NiCarthy. This book offers some guidelines for helping to determine whether or not there are aspects of abuse in your intimate relationship.

We Are Adult Survivors of Child Abuse and Neglect:

To find out more about art and art therapy:

Art is a Way of Knowing, by Pat Allen

Managing Traumatic Stress through Art, by Cohen, Barnes and Rankin

The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron

She Who Was Lost is Remembered: Healing from Incest through Creativity, by Louise Wisechild

To find out more about EMDR:

For more information about EMDR and to contact an EMDR trained therapist in your area, contact the EMDRIA Web site at:

To find out more about music therapy:

American Music Therapy Association Web site:

Additional literature

Addictions and Trauma Recovery: Healing the Body, Mind & Spirit, by D. Miller and L Guidry

Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love Was Sexually Abused as a Child, by L. Davis

Betrayal Trauma: The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse, by J.J. Freyd

Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation, by P. England and R. Horowitz

EMDR in the Treatment of Adults Abused as Children, by L. Parnell

Incest and Sexuality: A Guide to Understanding and Healing, by W. Maltz and B. Holman

Lovers and Survivors: A Partner's Guide to Living with and Loving a Sexual Abuse Survivor, by S.Y. de Beixedon

Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (And Parents Sane), by G. DeBecker

Rebounding from Childbirth: Toward Emotional Recovery, by L. Madsen

The Body Bears the Burden: Trauma, Dissociation, and Disease, by R.C. Scaer

The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment, by B. Rothschild

The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, E. Bass and L. Davis

The Happiest Baby on the Block, by H. Karp

The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood: Coping with Stress, Depression, and Burnout, by K. Kendall-Tackett

The Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook, by G.R. Schiraldi

The Secret Trauma: Incest in the Lives of Girls and Women, by D.E.H. Russell

Trauma and Recovery: The aftermath of violence—from domestic abuse to political terror, by J.L. Herman

When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women, by P. Simkin and P. Klaus

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