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Family Violence

Special Feature


This page contains federal and federally-supported materials and websites that capture information about the response to instances of family violence.

Publications & Multimedia

New Approaches to Policing High-Risk Intimate Partner Victims and Offenders
National Institute of Justice, June 2020

Batterer Intervention Programs Have Mixed Results
National Institute of Justice, October 2019

Poly-victimization & Resilience Portfolios: Advancing the Science of Resilience Following Children's Exposure to Violence
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, August 2019

Child Physical Abuse: A Guide to the CAC Response
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, April 2018

Ethnocultural Influences on Women's Experience of and Responses to Intimate Partner Violence
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, April 2018

Environmental Scan of Family Justice Centers, Final Report
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, February 2018

The Need for Mandatory Domestic Violence Training for Court-Appointed Custody Evaluators
National Institute of Justice, October 2017

Violence and Victimization Research Division's Compendium of Research on Violence Against Women, 1993-2016
National Institute of Justice, August 2017

Police Response to Domestic Violence, 2006-2015
Bureau of Justice Statistics, May 2017

The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit
Office for Victims of Crime, April 2017

Enhancing Police Responses to Children Exposed to Violence: A Toolkit for Law Enforcement
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, February 2017

State Laws Related to Family Judges' and Custody Evaluators' Recommendations in Cases of Intimate Partner Violence: Final Summary Overview
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, December 2016

Current Approaches to Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Healthy Relationship Programs
Administration for Children & Families, April 2016

Enhanced Resource Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, May 2016

Criminal Justice System Response to Intimate Partner Violence Victims: Developing a Research Agenda Meeting, March 7-8, 2016
National Institute of Justice, March 2016

Longer-Term Influence of Civil Legal Services on Battered Women
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, March 2016

Final Report of the "Impact of Legal Representation on Child Custody Decisions Among Families With a History of Intimate Partner Violence Study"
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, May 2015

Tribal Legal Code Resource: Domestic Violence Laws - Guide for Drafting or Revising Victim-Centered Tribal Laws Against Domestic Violence
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, February 2015

Administration for Children & Families (ACF)
A component of the Department of Health and Human Services, ACF promotes the well-being of families, children, individuals and communities with partnerships, funding, guidance, training and technical assistance. Included on the ACF site is information about the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, the primary funding stream dedicated to the support of emergency shelter and related assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children.

Battered Women's Justice Project (BWJP)
With support from the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, the BWJP works to promote justice and safety for victims of intimate partner violence and their families.

CrimeSolutions uses research to rate the effectiveness of programs and practices in achieving outcomes in order to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works, what doesn't, and what's promising in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. Included on the CrimeSolutions website are programs and practices that focus on a variety of justice topics, including those that relate to the prevention of family violence.

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
NIJ is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ provides objective and independent knowledge and tools to reduce crime and promote justice, particularly at the state and local levels. See the following NIJ pages for research, information and resources:

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Coping with Traumatic Events
NIMH is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. This section of the NIMH site provides information on how individuals respond to traumatic events and the factors that help people cope.

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
OVC is committed to enhancing the Nation's capacity to assist crime victims and to providing leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. See OVC's Intimate Partner Violence page for topical information and resources.

Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
The mission of OVW is to provide federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. See OVW's Domestic Violence page for information and resources.

Technology Safety & Privacy: A Toolkit for Survivors
This toolkit contains safety tips, information, and privacy strategies for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking related to the use of technology. With support from OVC, the toolkit was produced by the National Network to End Domestic Violence's Safety Net Project which develops resources and information on the use of technology for survivors and the agencies that support them.

Learn More

See the following pages for additional information and resources: