How do we protect ourselves from the threat of violent behaviors? According to Gavin De Becker, we are all experts of predicting violent behavior. De Becker shares his knowledge and perspective on the gift of fear in this empowering book. He discusses fear’s ability to increases our use of intuition by trusting our gut and acting on our instincts. De Becker introduces the ways we can protect ourselves and the one’s we love while blending comfort, empathy, self-compassion, and rational to exemplify how each one of us have all that we need to recognize warning signs to prevent trauma and/or harm.

Why Read?

The Gift of Fear is great for adult supporters of victims and survivors of dating violence, domestic violence, and sexual assault. This book can help one understand how one may have survived trauma-related experiences and the mind and body magnificent functions when experiencing fear. Lastly, it can help teach/educate proactive ways to not endure trauma and/or harm in the future.

Who should read it?


Licensed Professional Counselors

Social Workers

Direct Staff care


Law Enforcement


  • Dominique Graves

    Dominique Graves is Californian by heart and Austinite by choice. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and enjoys singing and dancing in the car. She has a Bachelors in Behavioral Science, from Concordia University Texas and a Master’s in Social Work, from Our Lady of the Lake University. She has utilized her degrees by providing empowerment, advocacy, counseling, and resources to make a difference in the lives of children and families in various social service programs. Dominique is passionate about positive youth development and eliminating racism. Her goal is to make a difference, therefore, everyone can live the life their heart desires. She focuses her career and volunteer time on youth support and empowerment, and reducing intergenerational incarceration while standing up against social injustices. Dominique began her career at Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center in November 2018, as a Prevention Educator. She provides educational support, resources, advocacy, and awareness on teen dating violence, domestic violence, and sexual assault to help eliminate and reduce factors that cause victimization of domestic and sexual violence within communities.