Family violence covers a broad range of acts that can include emotional, financial, physical, and sexual abuse. Family violence not only harms the victim, but it also poses dangers for and impacts immediate family members.
Efforts to prevent domestic violence require a clear understanding of factors that contribute to family violence, coordinating resources, and fostering and initiating change in individuals, families, and society.
Children, when experiencing domestic violence as witnesses, can suffer from devastating effects. This exposure to violence can harm a child's emotional, psychological, and even physical development. Additionally, domestic violence and child maltreatment often co-occur in families.
During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), see the Family Violence Special Feature for access to OJP and other federal resources.
Is there a national database for people that have been served an order of protection?
While there is a national database that captures every issued order of protection, it is only... Read More
What are the effects on children who have witnessed domestic violence?
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- The Domestic Violence Pre-Sentencing Investigation: From Start to Finish
- January 25, 2018 | 1 p.m. ET | Webinar
- San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment
- January 28, 2018 - February 2, 2018 | San Diego, California