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Domestic Violence

According to the Gale Encyclopedia of Women’s Health, domestic violence is defined as a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors, including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks or economic coercion that individuals use against their intimate partners. A man abusing a woman is the most common type of partner domestic violence, but occurrences of a woman abusing a man are increasing in number, and same-sex partner abuse also occurs. Domestic violence can cause serious health problems.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Domestic Violence
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for health care consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information targeting the lay public.

American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence
Provides information on safety planning, finding help, and obtaining legal assistance.

Community United against Violence
Provides information on same-sex domestic abuse, resources, bibliographies, and Web resources.

Family Violence Prevention Fund
Web site of an organization that focuses on domestic violence, education, prevention, and public policy reform. Features facts, stories, and workplace issues.

Office on Violence against Women, United States Department of Justice
Site includes hotline information, state coalition contacts, and full-text publications.


  • Enhancing resilience in survivors of family violence. Anderson K. 2010
  • Deafening silence: hidden violence against women and children. Romito R. 2008.
  • Supporting women after domestic violence: Loss, trauma, and recovery. Abrahams H. 2007.
  • Domestic violence: Opposing viewpoints. Roleff TL. 2000.
  • Women and domestic violence: An interdisciplinary approach. Feder L. 1999.
  • I closed my eyes: Revelations of a battered woman. Weldon M. 1999.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Women’s Health. Loue S. & Sajatovic M. ed. 2004. Available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at  http://www.nmh.org/nm/health library virtual library 

Search our collection for many more resources on domestic violence.


The organizations listed in Internet Resources provide support, education and advocacy.
Help Lines which are staffed 24/7:

Northwestern Memorial Hospital crisis hotline: 1-312-926-8200
City of Chicago Domestic Violence Help Line: 1-877-863-6338

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the  Health Learning Center  at 312.926.5465 or HLC@nmh.org.

Last UpdateFebruary 16, 2012