Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Public Awareness

“Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” aka Turn the State Purple

Attention Book Clubs!


Are you meeting in October?

Participate in Domestic Violence Awareness Month and “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” by expanding your knowledge and talking about the issue. Book club members can wear purple (the awareness color) to the meeting. You can even serve purple food and drinks. Get creative! A suggested book list, including fiction, autobiographies and non-fiction, follows. For a reliable source of domestic violence information, visit our website before or during the meeting and see our victim handbook, “Finding Safety & Support.”

Want to take it to the next level?
Book List

Black and Blue: A Novel, by Anna Quindlen
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel, by Fannie Flagg
Secrets of Eden: A Novel,  by Chris Bohjalian
Vinegar Hill (P.S.), by A. Manette Ansay
Crazy Love, by Leslie Morgan Steiner
A Natural Woman, by Carole King
The Woman Who Walked Into Doors, by Roddy Doyle
Torn From the Inside Out, by Josephine Thompson
The Burning Bed, by Faith McNulty
I Closed My Eyes: Revelations of a Battered Woman, by Michele Weldon
I, Tina, by Tina Turner
The Gift of Fear, by Gavin De Becker
Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men, by Lundy Bancroft
Next Time She’ll Be Dead: Battering and How to Stop It, by Ann Jones
The Stalking of Kristin: A Father Investigates the Murder of his Daughter, by George Lardner

If you take a photo of your book club, send it to the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence at: and we’ll put it on our Facebook page.

New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence logo with outline of NYS