Book Review- Domestic Violence (Karen Latchana Kenney)

do·mes·tic vi·o·lence


violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner.

I wanted to read a book that was spreading awareness about an issue. I saw this book in our school library and decided to read it. I think it’s great that our school library has books like this.


This book is a non-fiction book. It was made to spread awareness and knowledge about domestic violence. Instead of following one clear plot, this book shares different people’s encounters with domestic violence. Domestic Violence also explains things like the origins of domestic violence, what a victim might look like and how the abuse affects them, what the abuser may be like and the “domestic abuse cycle,” lasting affects the victim may have, how police act when they encounter abuse, and ways to advocate against domestic abuse. First, we learn that domestic abuse/violence has been a problem since the dawn of our kind. The book then explains how to recognize a victim and how there are different types of abuse. When people think of domestic abuse, they usually think of black eyes and/or rape. Though these things are common, domestic violence can also be emotional, economic or psychological. Many abusers make the victim feel dependent on them. One way to do that is to control the amount of money they have and how they spend it. Many victims have long lasting effects from domestic violence such as PTSD.

Victims can be anyone. Though most adult victims are women, people speculate that many men don’t admit they are being abused due to pressures to come off as “manly” instead of “weak.”  C51dwlxb0nWL._SX336_BO1,204,203,200_.jpghildren are the largest group affected by domestic violence. A lot of parents don’t realize that spanking and slapping are forms of domestic violence. It’s been proven that spanking doesn’t help children “learn a lesson.” Many people aren’t aware that seniors and people with disabilities are also abused a lot. Seniors can’t always feed themselves and aren’t al
ways aware of what’s going on. Though it depends on the disability one may have, seniors and people with disabilities are both vulnerable populations. Neglect and stealing money are common forms of abuse toward seniors and people with disabilities, but some abusers are extremely violent with them as well. In this book, we also learn about the abusers. These people may be calm one second and violent the next. The abuser may be charming and seemingly perfect. They want to get serious in a relationship fast and make sure that their victim is attached to them. They get extremely jealous and don’t let the victim hang out with anyone else. The victims begin to feel isolated, they feel like they have no one else in the world and are forced to rely on their abuser. This book does a really good job of wrapping up all these topics and presenting them from a seemingly unbiased point of view.

There aren’t many people in this book and none that I can really describe. There are multiple victims of abuse mentioned, but none of them are actually characters.

After doing some research on the author, I found that Karen Latchana Kenney likes to teach and inspire children. She has a B.A. in English and has written many books. She freelances in Minnesota.

I would rate this book a 9.5/10 because I thought it was informative and the writing was great. I really liked the perspective that this book showed me. I learned a lot from this book and you will too. I really liked the non-biased point of view this book presented. I would definitely recommend this book because it could show a lot of people that they are being abused and spread awareness about domestic violence.

I haven’t read any book like this, but I have read my friend’s blog post about the O.J. Simpson trial. I can also try to relate this book to some fiction books I have read where a character receives abuse. Though all of these books don’t actually call it abuse, I now recognize it as such. There are a lot of books I have read that discuss social justice issues. I have read Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Though these books have an amazingly different perspective and they are about different topics, they are about social justice issues. They both include protest and hardships a victim of racism/abuse may face.

I think that the main idea of this book is to spread awareness. There are sooo many people in this world who have no idea they’re being abused. It can be really hard to know when you’re going through psychological abuse and to recognize it as such. The author is trying to explain to us what domestic violence is, who the victims are and who the abusers are. I honestly feel like this book is a bit of a shoutout to people who are being abused. It’s almost as if the author is pleading with them to get help. You could also look at this book like a research project book. All the information in this book is clearly outlined and formatted nicely. I genuinely enjoyed reading this non-fiction book.

By the way, I really recommend the book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates! It is a truly beautiful work.

Questions Answered:

  • 1. Why did you choose this book?
  • 2. Explain the plot of the book, or if it is a non-fiction book, what topics are covered.
  • 3. Describe one of the characters in the book. Would you want to meet this character? Why or why not?
  • 4. What is your opinion of the book? Would you recommend it? Why or why not?
  • 5. Explain how this book is similar to another book, film, story, or article that you have read or seen. What connections or comparisons can you make?
  • 6. What do you think the main idea or theme of this story is? What is the author trying to tell you about life or our world with this book?

Thanks for reading!:)Please check out some of my other posts to get good reading suggestions. Feel free to comment below!


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