They say, “Write what you know!” But they forget to add, “Learn what you don’t!” For writers, thorough research is absolutely integral.
Inspired by this post and my own need for research on this subject, I’ve dug into the awful world of abuse. Child abuse is unfortunately very common and it does permeate our media despite being a sort of creative taboo. Of course, no subject is off limits in creative endeavours, but we must do it justice. If a character in your work is being abused or has been abused, you will need some resources to help you portray their experiences as accurately and respectfully as possible. Here are a few to get you started.
Feel free to reblog with your own resources, or check out other sam searches for different research topics.
- What is child abuse and neglect? – From the Child Welfare Information Gateway
- What to Know About Child Abuse – From HealthyChildren.org, sourced from Caring For Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5
Effects of Abuse
- Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect – From the Joyful Heart Foundation
- The Impact of Child Abuse – From Adults Surviving Child Abuse
- Understanding the Trauma of Child Abuse – By Richard Gold on Pongo Teen Writing
- Child Abuse Stories – First-hand stories submitted to Child Abuse Effects. Stories of healing and recovery, as well.
- Children’s Stories – Accounts of abuse from children, provided by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
- Personal Stories – Personal stories from Childhelp
- Books on Child Abuse – Books and stories on Goodreads tagged as featuring child abuse. Some are fiction, some are memoir.
For American and Canadian readers – 1-800-422-4453 is the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline. NOT a writer’s resource, but a 24/7 hotline for counselling, encouragement, and direction for reporting abuse.