Special Feature: Family Violence - Response

This page contains access to federal and federally-supported materials and websites that capture information about the response to instances of family violence. See the Learn More area of the page for access to additional Special Features and pages that focus on specific types of such violence and that capture historical materials.

Publications & Multimedia

Child Physical Abuse: A Guide to the CAC Response
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, April 2018
Environmental Scan of Family Justice Centers, Final Report
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, February 2018
The Need for Mandatory Domestic Violence Training for Court-Appointed Custody Evaluators
National Institute of Justice, October 2017
Violence and Victimization Research Division's Compendium of Research on Violence Against Women, 1993-2016
National Institute of Justice, August 2017
Police Response to Domestic Violence, 2006-2015
Bureau of Justice Statistics, May 2017
The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit
Office for Victims of Crime, April 2017
Enhancing Police Responses to Children Exposed to Violence: A Toolkit for Law Enforcement
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, February 2017
State Laws Related to Family Judges' and Custody Evaluators' Recommendations in Cases of Intimate Partner Violence: Final Summary Overview
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, December 2016
Current Approaches to Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Healthy Relationship Programs
Administration for Children & Families, April 2016
Enhanced Resource Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, May 2016
Criminal Justice System Response to Intimate Partner Violence Victims: Developing a Research Agenda Meeting, March 7-8, 2016
National Institute of Justice, March 2016
Longer-Term Influence of Civil Legal Services on Battered Women
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, March 2016
Final Report of the "Impact of Legal Representation on Child Custody Decisions Among Families With a History of Intimate Partner Violence Study"
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, May 2015
Tribal Legal Code Resource: Domestic Violence Laws - Guide for Drafting or Revising Victim-Centered Tribal Laws Against Domestic Violence
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, February 2015
National Profile of Children Exposed to Family Violence: Police Response, Family Response, and Individual Impact
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, December 2014
Services for IPV Victims: Encouraging Stronger Research Methods to Produce More Valid Results
National Institute of Justice, December 2014
Recognizing When a Child's Injury or Illness Is Caused by Abuse
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, July 2014
Impact of Differential Sentencing Severity for Domestic Violence Offenses and All Other Offenses Over Abusers' Life Spans
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, September 2013
Practical Implications of Current Intimate Partner Violence Research for Victim Advocates and Service Providers
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, January 2013
Using Federal Law To Prosecute Domestic Violence Crimes in Indian Country
Office for Victims of Crime, October 2012
Domestic Violence Agencies and Shelters
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, September 2012
National Victim Assistance Academy Resource Paper: Intimate Partner Violence
Office for Victims of Crime-Sponsored, September 2012
Meeting Survivors' Needs Through Non-Residential Domestic Violence Services & Supports: Results of a Multi-State Study
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, November 2011
Effectiveness of Coordinated Outreach in Intimate Partner Violence Cases: A Randomized, Longitudinal Design
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, March 2011
Victim Participation in Intimate Partner Violence Prosecution: Implications for Safety
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, February 2011
Consumer Rights Screening Tool for Domestic Violence Advocates and Lawyers
Office for Victims of Crime-Sponsored, 2011
Custody Evaluations When There Are Allegations of Domestic Violence: Practices; Beliefs, and Recommendations of Professional Evaluators
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, November 2010
Crime Control Effects of Criminal Sanctions for Intimate Partner Violence
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, September 2010

Related Resources

Administration for Children & Families (ACF)
A component of the Department of Health and Human Services, ACF promotes the well-being of families, children, individuals and communities with partnerships, funding, guidance, training and technical assistance. Included on the ACF site is information about the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, which administers the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, the primary funding stream dedicated to the support of emergency shelter and related assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children.
Battered Women's Justice Project (BWJP)
With support from the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, the BWJP works to promote justice and safety for victims of intimate partner violence and their families.
CrimeSolutions.gov uses research to rate the effectiveness of programs and practices in achieving outcomes in order to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works, what doesn't, and what's promising in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. Included on CrimeSolutions.gov are programs and practices that focus on a variety of justice topics, including those that relate to the prevention of family violence.
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
NIJ is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ provides objective and independent knowledge and tools to reduce crime and promote justice, particularly at the state and local levels. See the following NIJ pages for research, information and resources:
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Coping with Traumatic Events
NIMH is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. This section of the NIMH site provides information on how individuals respond to traumatic events and the factors that help people cope.
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
OVC is committed to enhancing the Nation's capacity to assist crime victims and to providing leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. See OVC's Domestic and Family Violence page for topical information and resources.
Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
The mission of OVW is to provide federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. See OVW's Domestic Violence page for information and resources.
Technology Safety & Privacy: A Toolkit for Survivors
This toolkit contains safety tips, information, and privacy strategies for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking related to the use of technology. With support from the Office for Victims of Crime, the toolkit was produced by the National Network to End Domestic Violence's Safety Net Project which develops resources and information on the use of technology for survivors and the agencies that support them.

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