Intimate partner violence, also known as domestic violence, family violence, and dating violence, occurs throughout the country every day. It impacts victims and witnesses physically, psychologically, and socially. Unlike most other crimes, domestic violence is usually not a sudden, isolated, and unexpected incident. It may involve years of emotional and psychological trauma, as well as physical injuries that may become increasingly more severe and occur more frequently over time.
However, many victims do not view themselves as victims and do not realize that domestic violence is a crime perpetrated against them—and many others. Everyone has an important role in supporting victims of domestic violence—local law enforcement officers, child and family services workers, community leaders, educators, coaches, and parents. All are critical in identifying, intervening, and providing treatment in cases of domestic violence.
The following resources provide information on intimate partner violence.
- Advancing the Implementation of Effective, Survivor-Driven Advocacy
- Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men - 2010 Findings From the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey
- Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men: 2010 Findings From the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey
Data on family violence are available in the following Bureau of Justice Statistics reports:
- Intimate Partner Violence publication series
- select tables in the Criminal Victimization in the United States, Statistical Tables publication series
- Family Violence Statistics: Including Statistics on Strangers and Acquaintances
Many OVC publications and products are available in hardcopy and can be ordered from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS), OVC's information clearinghouse. You can search for and order available OVC resources via the NCJRS Publications/Products page. While these resources are free, shipping and handling fees may apply. View the Shopping Cart Help at NCJRS for more information.
Visit our Help for Victims microsite to learn about resources and services for victims of crime. Assistance may come in the form of financial reimbursement or victim services. Funding support for state assistance and compensation programs comes from the Crime Victims Fund administered by the OVC as authorized by the Victim of Crime Act.
Another source of help is your local victim/witness assistance program. You may contact the VictimConnect helpline by phone at 855–484–2846 or online chat for a referral in your area.
Find out more in this brochure, What You Can Do If You Are a Victim of Crime, which includes a brief overview of OVC, your rights, and where you can get help.