Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative: Readings


The following syllabus is representative of the types of themes and readings that our DV groups might be discussing. Each site is able to modify or customize the syllabus based on their own unique needs.

Session One: At the Center

The First Thing and the Last book coverThe First Thing and the Last – Allan Johnson, novel

“With the Dog at Sunrise” – Jane Kenyon, poem

“Failure of the Imagination” – Phil Klay, essay

“My Last Duchess”- Robert Browning, poem

Session Two: Looking On/In

Her book coverHer – Christa Paravani, memoir

“In My Twin Sister’s Rape, There Were Many Victims” – Christa Paravani, essay

“What Is Seized” – Lorrie Moore, short story


Session Three: On the Edge

“The Glorious Indifference of Wilderness” – Terry Tempest Williams, essay

“The Baby Bird” – Cheryl Strayed, essay

“The Illusion of Safety/The Safety of Illusion” – Roxane Gay, essay

“Slippery Slope” – Angele Ellis, poem

“Violent Eruptions” – Maria Lusia Arroyo, poem

Session Four: Going Forward

“Under the Apple Tree” – Laura Pritchett, short story

“Love After Love” – Derek Walcott, poem

“Simple Recipes” – Madeleine Thien, short story

“The Love of My Life” – Cheryl Strayed, essay