This knowledge path has been compiled by the MCH (Maternal and Child Health) Library at Georgetown University and will be updated periodically.
This knowledge path directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources about preventing, identifying, and responding to intimate partner violence (IPV) within the home and the community. Health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, researchers, employers, and advocates can use this knowledge path to learn more about IPV; for program development; and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions. A separate brief lists resources for victims of abuse and their families. This knowledge path has been compiled by the MCH Library at Georgetown University and will be updated periodically.
View Related MCH Library Resources for guides about child maltreatment, children and adolescents exposed to violence, dating violence among adolescents, and more.
View the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) definitions for IPV.
View the Child Welfare Information Gateway Definitions of Domestic Violence (2011).
Please note: Current literature about IPV uses a variety of terms including "intimate partner violence," "domestic violence," "spouse abuse," and "battering." The terminology used in this knowledge path follows the usage of the source being described.
For an overview of the occurrence of IPV and its physical, psychological, and social consequences, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fact sheet, Understanding Intimate Partner Violence (2012).
For a more detailed overview of the scope and impact of IPV on individuals and communities, view the 1-hour interactive learning module, Domestic Violence: Understanding the Basics (2012) by the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (VAWnet).