Understanding Domestic Violence

The following resources represent a selection of current and credible information that is available on domestic violence. This resource list is not intended to be comprehensive or reflect the breadth and depth of materials publicly accessible. 

Resources are divided into the follow categories: General Information About Domestic Violence; Fact Sheets, Domestic Violence Research & Statistics, and Additional Domestic Violence Information and Resources.

General Information About Domestic Violence

Family and Youth Services Bureau Quick Facts

Domestic Violence: Understanding the Basics by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and VAWnet, the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (December 2012)
This 1 hour interactive eLearning module describes the dynamics and common tactics that characterize domestic violence, provides an overview of the scope and impact on individuals and society, explores the underlying factors that allow domestic violence to exist, offers insight into the various risks and choices that survivors face, and shares how to be part of the solution. Divided into 10 sections addressing common questions related to domestic violence, this course will help new advocates, allied professionals, students, and the general public achieve a basic understanding of this complex issue. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Domestic Violence by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (n.d.)
These Frequently Asked Questions address the following:

  • What is domestic violence?
  • What are resources available for victims?
  • Why do victims sometimes return to or stay with abusers?
  • Do abuser show any potential warning signs?
  • Is it possible for abusers to change?
  • Are men victims of domestic violence?
  • How does the economy affect domestic violence?
  • What can I do to help?

Fact Sheets

The Facts on Domestic, Dating and Sexual Violence (4 p.) by Futures Without Violence (2009)
This fact sheet includes information and statistics on prevalence in the United States, risk factors, violence and teens and children, consequences of violence, emerging issues, and the prevalence globally.

Get the Facts and Figures by the National Domestic Violence Hotline (n.d.)
This webpage presents statistics on domestic violence, compiled from various sources. Scroll using the arrows provided at the top right to view general statistics, sexual violence statistics, stalking statistics, statistics on children, on teens, and on violence in the workplace.

Statistics on Violence Against API Women by the Asian and Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (n.d.)
This webpage provides statistics on rates of domestic violence, domestic violence related homicide, sexual violence, and stalking experienced by Asian and Pacific Islander women, as well as on children’s exposure to family violence.

Latin@s and IPV- Evidence Based Fact Sheet (7 p.) by the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a project of Casa de Esperanza (Updated March 3, 2010)
This comprehensive resource details statistics published on the incidence and prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) among Latin@ populations, rates of self-help seeking among Latinas experiencing IPV and reasons for low rates of reporting, needs identified by Latina survivors, contextual factors resilience and resistance strategies, barriers to services, and future steps needed to explore IPV among Latin@ populations.

Fact Sheet: Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in the African American Community (2 p.) by the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) (n.d.) 
This fact sheet presents statistics on intimate partner violence and intimate partner homicides in the African American community, information on risk factors, the impact of abuse, dynamics of abuse, and teen dating violence. 

LGBT DV Beyond the Wheel: Tactics of Abuse (1 p.) by the NW Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse (Updated 2009)
This resource page describes tactics of abuse experienced by the LGBT Community, including isolation and outing, using vulnerabilities, using children, using small communities, leveraging institutional violence/isolation, and alcohol and drug abuse. 

Policy Insights Brief: Statistics on Violence Against Native Women (8 p.) by the NCAI Policy Research Center (February 2013)
In this Policy Insights Brief, the NCAI Policy Research Center synthesizes available data on violence against Native women to guide policy decision-making and media reporting. This brief aims to provide detail on previously reported statistics and original sources of data used often in policy discussions.

Domestic Violence Research & Statistics

11th Annual Domestic Violence Counts Report: A 24-Hour Census of Domestic Violence Shelters and Services (17 p.) by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (2017)
This annual census “documents the number of individuals who sought services in a single 24-hour period, as well as the types of services requested, the number of service requests that went unmet due to a lack of resources, and the issues and barriers that domestic violence programs face as they strive to provide services to victims of domestic violence. This report is instrumental in raising awareness about domestic violence and the incredible work that local domestic violence programs do every day.”

National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) Resource Page by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (Updated September 2014)
This VAWnet resource page features information and resources related to the CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). Developed by CDC's Injury Center, NISVS was initiated in 2010 to collect accurate and reliable incidence and prevalence estimates for intimate partner violence, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking victimization. Data was released in October 2011, drawing important attention to these issues and creating opportunities to advance our intervention and prevention efforts.  

Survivor Quote

Meeting Survivors' Needs Study Resource Page by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (Updated August 2012)
This page includes all available resources from the Meeting Survivors' Needs Research Project of the The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) and the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Reports document how well local domestic violence programs (both residential and non-residential) are addressing the needs of those reaching out to them for assistance.

Apples to Oranges: Comparing Survey Findings from Selected National Surveys on Intimate Partner Violence (5 p.) by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (December 2012) 
This "crib sheet" examines key aspects of the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), and the National Violence Against Women Survey (NVAWS), including the timeframe of data collection, the study sample, key findings, methodology and contextual factors. Links to the studies and related resources are also included.

Additional Domestic Violence Information & Resources

VAWnet: The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women 
VAWnet, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, is home to thousands of materials on violence against women and related issues, with particular attention to its intersections with various forms of oppression. Topics include domestic violence, sexual violence, funding, research, and international issues. News, announcements, and events related to the work of the movement and related fields of practice are also posted to VAWnet, as well as comprehensive lists of resources organized into Special Collections and peer-reviewed Applied Research Papers.

Domestic Violence Awareness Project 
The Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP) supports the rights of all individuals, especially women and girls, to live in peace and dignity. Violence and all other forms of oppression against all communities and families must be eliminated. The purpose of the DVAP is to support and promote national, tribal, territorial, state, and local advocacy networks in their ongoing public education efforts through public awareness, strategies, materials, resources, capacity-building, and technical assistance.