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About Domestic Violence

About Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors -- including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion -- used by one intimate partner against another (adult or adolescent) to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship. Find materials in this area that support effective strategies to end domestic violence.


This area contains information on the development and delivery of safe and appropriate services for victims of domestic violence and their children.

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This area provides resources to support primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention efforts that identify and address factors that perpetuate and increase risk of domestic violence.
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education & awareness

This area includes strategies for raising awareness and increasing community engagement to end domestic violence.

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policy & systems advocacy

This area provides information and tools to assist individuals and their collective(s) working to end domestic violence through public policy and systems change.
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Program Development

This area includes resources to support the work of domestic violence programs regarding nonprofit management, personnel supervision and staff development, coalition-building, and practice standards and policies.
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Population-Specific approaches

The resources included here present a starting point for considering the various issues that impact the lives of victims and survivors in specific populations.
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