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Something Is Wrong at My House

by Diane Davis

illustrated by Marina Megale

Praise for the revised 2010 edition

“Describes the effects of domestic abuse in terms of a child’s feelings and reactions. . . Specific suggestions for what the child can do to deal with their own chaotic feelings to avoid violence and a Safety Plan development suggestion so that the child can take appropriate steps to protect himself and siblings when the violence is too threatening. . . An excellent resource for children in families at risk and those who work with them or are close to them.”
—Midwest Library Review

What professionals and parents say
about the first edition

“I wish every child could have a copy of this book.”
—Family Violence Project, Florence AL
“Affirming the child’s worth and the legitimacy of his needs. Offers empathy, positive coping strategies and resources for children who witness violence between their parents, along with an important message about persisting in searching for an adult who’ll listen.”
—Jacqueline Golding, Ph.D., in Healing Stories
“An extremely well conceived little paperback that deals with a serious issue. . .in a format which children can easily comprehend and that offers them solutions. . ..Deals with the child’s many conflicting feelings in these situations—the anger, the confusion, the fright and self-doubt. However, the best thing about it is. . .the excellent segment which suggests the various resources the child can turn to. . .”
The Reviewing Librarian
“For children who might live in such homes and also for those from non-violent homes (so that they may recognize symptoms in their friends). . .The first to approach the very sensitive subject of domestic violence from a child’s perspective. It is nonthreatening and serves to legitimize the feelings of children while giving them options for obtaining the care that they need. . ..A child describes the emotional impact of the violence. . .and how it affects his own behavior.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Many counselors will find this book to be an effective tool in helping children learn to cope in a violent household. . .Several students with whom I have used this book have nodded their heads in agreement to many of the character’s statements. . .The pain experienced by the boy is vividly described. . ..Children who live in a violent home with identify with the problems and learn coping skills from the book’s main character.”
Elementary School Guidance & Counseling
“Addresses a child’s sense of helplessness in a violent household.”
Iris, a University of Virginia journal
“Designed to break the generational cycle of domestic violence, this book is based on the true story of a boy living in a violent household. . .The author offers children several different ideas on how to take care of themselves. . .”
“A definite must-have for social workers dealing with domestic violence or abuse.”

Recommended by

  • National Center for Children Exposed to Violence
  • Maine’s Family Violence Project
  • Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services
  • Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council
  • Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse
  • Silent Witness National Initiative
  • Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center
  • Parenting Safe Children
  • Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Service
  • Parent Educators’ Consortium
  • State of Oregon Judicial Department
  • Melrose Alliance Against Violence
  • Safe Start Center
  • Anoka County (MN) Domestic Violence Council
  • Woman’s Resource Society of the Fraser Valley

Link to book description

Useful for 3–12 years
40 pages
$7.95 paperback
$16.95 library

Available in Spanish as
Algo Anda Mal
En Mi Casa

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Last updated June 04, 2014