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Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

Professional Resource Guide


This professional resource guide 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 professional resource guide 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 professional resource guide has been compiled by the MCH Digital Library at Georgetown University and will be updated periodically.

View Related MCH Digital 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 professional resource guide 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 Digital Library Resources

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV): Professional Resource Guide, 4th ed. (June 2013). (Updated: August 2014).

Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Digital 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 Digital 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 Digital Library.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.