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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).

Resources for Professionals


Additional Electronic Resources


Use the tools listed below to identify additional data, literature and research, and programs about IPV.


Literature and Research Databases

Programs Databases

News and Commentary

Resources for Victims and Families

Related MCH Library Resources

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV): Knowledge Path, 4th ed. (June 2013). (Updated: Auguest 2014).

Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Library.
Reviewers: Jennifer Allison, Ph.D., Children's Safety Network; Sally Fogerty, B.S.N., M.Ed., Children's Safety Network; Rebecca Hunt, M.P.A., Children's Safety Network; Shree Mohanty, M.A., M.S., R.D., L.D., Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Region V; Olivia Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Library; Morrisa B. Rice, M.H.A., R.E.H.S., R.S., HRSA Office of Women's Health; and Ellen Schmidt, B.S., M.S., O.T.R., Children's Safety Network.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., MCH Library.