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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.

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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

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National Profile of Children Exposed to Family Violence: Police Response, Family Response, and Individual Impact

The Need for Mandatory Domestic Violence Training for Court-Appointed Custody Evaluators

Police Response to Domestic Violence, 2006-2015

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Related Resources

In Their Own Words: Domestic Abuse in Later Life video graphic

Model Programs Guide: Family Violence/Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence

OVC: Domestic and Family Violence

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NCJRS Federal Sponsors

Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART)