Definitions and Terminology of Domestic Violence
The following resources provide information on definitions, terminology, and the overall scope of domestic violence.
Child Protection in Families Experiencing Domestic Violence
Children's Bureau (HHS) User Manual Series (2003)
This chapter provides an overview of the definition, scope, and causes of domestic violence; a description of victims and perpetrators of domestic violence; and a discussion of the evolving societal responses to domestic violence.
|Definitions of Domestic Violence|
|Series Title:||State Statutes|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway
Download (PDF - 533KB)
|Year Published:||2013 - 61 pages|
|Provides both civil and criminal definitions of domestic violence. The definition often varies depending on the context in which the term is used. A clinical or behavioral definition is "a pattern of assaultive and/or coercive behaviors, including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks, as well as economic coercion, that adults or adolescents use against their intimate partners." Legal definitions across the States generally describe specific conduct or acts that are subject to civil and criminal actions, and the specific language used may vary depending on whether the definition is found in the civil or criminal sections of the State's code. Summaries ...|
Medline Plus, U.S. National Medical Library, & National Institutes of Health
Links to information on symptoms, prevention, related legal issues, community resources, and more.
Domestic Violence Basics for Child Abuse Professionals
Turkel & Shaw
APRI Update, 16(1), 2003
Discusses definitions and types of domestic violence, the effects of domestic violence on children, and the need for cross-system collaboration.
Children Exposed to Domestic Violence and Child Abuse: Terminology and Taxonomy
Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 6(3), 2003
Examines three definitional issues regarding children exposed to domestic violence.
Defining Child Exposure to Domestic Violence as Neglect: Minnesota's Difficult Experience (PDF - 743 KB)
Edleson, Gassman-Pines, & Hill
Social Work, 51(2), 2006
Discusses the consequences and lessons learned from the Minnesota Legislature's efforts to define child exposure to domestic violence as neglect.
Domestic Violence: Understanding the Basics
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (2012)
Offers an interactive e-learning module that 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.
Family Violence Across the Lifespan: An Introduction
Barnett & Miller-Perrin (2nd ed.) (2005)
Summarizes current knowledge about family violence from the perspectives of psychology, sociology, criminology, and social welfare with information on relevant research and implications for policy and practice.
Family Violence in the United States: Defining, Understanding, and Combating Abuse
Hines & Malley-Morrison (2005)
Addresses definitions, prevalence, predictors, and consequences of all types of family aggression, including intimate partner violence and child abuse.
Intimate Partner Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (2002)
Helps individuals and organizations gather surveillance data on intimate partner violence by providing recommendations for consistent definitions and data elements.
Violence In the Family––It's Everyone's Concern
Channing Bete Company, Inc. (2006)
Defines family violence, describes its physical and emotional impact, identifies common traits of perpetrators, and discusses family and community prevention strategies.
Violence of Any Kind in a Home Is a Threat to a Child's Safety (PDF - 40 KB)
ACTION for Child Protection (2007)
Defines violence, reviews the characteristics of dangerous people, provides examples of safety threats, and discusses strategies for the assessment of violence and safety.