This page contains federal and federally-supported materials and websites that capture information about the response to instances of family violence.
For children, participating in the justice system as a victim or witness can be especially confusing, distressing, and even re-traumatizing. The Office for Victims of Crime created a series of products and resources — the Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials — to support children and youth during their involvement with the justice system as a victim or witness to a crime.
Publications & Multimedia
In Focus: Child Protection: Dependency Courts
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, May 2022
Compendium of Research on Violence Against Women 1993-2020
National Institute of Justice, August 2021
Roadmap to Violence Against Women Research: The NIJ Compendium
National Institute of Justice, August 2021
Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Child Custody Decision-making among Intimate Partner Violence Families
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, December 2020
Family Violence, Sibling, and Peer Aggression During Adolescence: Associations With Behavioral Health Outcomes
National Institute of Justice, 2020
New Approaches to Policing High-Risk Intimate Partner Victims and Offenders
National Institute of Justice, June 2020
Disrupting the Cycle of Violence: Prosecuting Domestic Violence Offenders in Possession of a Firearm
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, May 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
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:
- Children Exposed to Violence
- Intimate Partner Violence
- Violence Against Women and Family Violence Program
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.
See the following pages for additional information and resources: