The following resources provide information on definitions, terminology, and the overall scope of domestic violence.
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.