Brown ArrowDomestic Violence

Researchers, policymakers and practitioners are actively engaged in efforts to assess, prevent and ameliorate the effects of domestic violence. This topic page highlights the growing literature and resources related to this problem, which has been historically hidden from view. The following terms guide the selection of resources for this page:

Domestic violence can be defined as attempting to cause or causing bodily injury to a family or household member or placing a family or household member by threat of force in fear of imminent physical harm. (Child Welfare Information Gateway)

Intimate partner violence is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. The term describes physical violence, sexual violence, stalking and psychological aggression (including coercive acts) by a current or former intimate partner. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Reproductive and Sexual Coercion is defined as a "behavior intended to maintain power and control in a relationship related to reproductive health by someone who is, was, or wishes to be involved in an intimate or dating relationship with an adult or adolescent. This behavior includes explicit attempts to impregnate a partner against her will, control outcomes of a pregnancy, coerce a partner to have unprotected sex, and interfere with contraceptive methods" (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)

Child maltreatment is any act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher) that results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Elder abuse is a term referring to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. (Department of Health & Human Services)

Use the following structured searches on Domestic Violence, encompassing the terms above, to keep apprised of newly published or funded research and guidelines. (Note: you can tailor these searches to your specific information needs.)






  • Assessment and Intervention in Intimate Partner Abuse Details

    This one hour online training provides guidance for enhancing clinical practice based on recommendations around screening intervention for Intimate Partner Abuse

  • Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention Details

    This free online course is designed to communicate the relevance of teen dating violence prevention to educators, school personnel, youth leaders, and others working to improve the health of teens. It is part of a set of tools which allows comprehensive teen dating prevention initiatives to assess their capacity to implement comprehensive teen dating violence prevention programs by surveying stakeholders.

  • Domestic Violence: Understanding the Basics Details

    This 1 hour interactive eLearning module is designed to acquaint new advocates and health care professionals with the issues surrounding domestic violence.

  • Futures Without Violence YouTube Channel Details

    Futures Without Violence offers a range of educational and training videos that are available for viewing on YouTube.

  • Home Visitation Details

    Healthy Moms, Happy Babies: Train the Trainer Home Visitation Curriculum and safety cards for distribution by the home visitor.

  • National Sexual Violence Resource Center Courses Details

    NSVRC offers online courses on sexual violence in housing, Latin communities, rural communities, older adults, disasters, trauma, and primary prevention of sexual violence.

  • Principles of Prevention (POP) Details

    An online course (75-90 minutes to complete) which features videos, animation, and interactive exercises developed to allow participants to define violence, describe the burden of violence in the United States, distinguish primary prevention from secondary and tertiary prevention, identify the 4 levels of the Social Ecological Model, and describe the public health approach to violence prevention.

  • Sexual Violence Training for Community Health Workers/Promotoras Details

    This four hour course provides an introduction to basic knowledge and skills useful in assisting and responding to victims of sexual violence.

  • Training Curricula Details

    Slide sets and guides designed to train professionals on physical, emotional, psychological, and financial abuse of elders. Also includes a toolkit A Guide to Planning Your Elder Abuse Presentation.

  • Trauma-Informed Domestic Violence Services Details

    This three-part program is designed to assist in the development of programs related to domestic violence services. The modules include: Understanding the Framework and Approach, Building Program Capacity, and Developing Collaborations and Increasing Access.

  • Tribal Forensic Healthcare Project Details

    These trainings allow medical professionals to acquire and maintain the knowledge, skills, and competent clinical forensic practice to improve the response to domestic and sexual violence in hospitals, health clinics, and health stations within the Indian health system.

  • Understanding Evidence: Introduction to Evidence-based Decision Making Details

    This free online educational module is designed to educate practitioners, advocates, public health professionals and researchers on the types of evidence involved in decision-making, on data collection methodologies, and on the identification standards of practice in research evidence and the factors that can influence decisions. Modules focus on child maltreatment and intimate partner violence.