Domestic Violence

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Women hold placards during an awareness rally on Protection of Women from Domestic Violence act, in Allahabad, India, Dec. 8, 2007.

This guide is designed to help you research information about domestic violence . It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!

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The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.

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Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • Domestic Abuse
  • Family Abuse
  • Battering
  • Emotional and Verbal Abuse
  • Sexual Harassment or Marital Rape
  • Children and Domestic Violence

Circulating Books

Oxford, James Ptacek, ed. Restorative justice and violence against women. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. Print.
Call Number: HV6250.4.W65R465 2010

Cromwell, Paul, ed. In Their Own Words: Criminals on crime : an anthology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. Print.
Call Number: HV6030 .I488 2010

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Haugen, David M., ed. Domestic Violence: Opposing Viewpoints. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2005. Print.
Call Number: HV6626.2 .D683 2005

Shepard, Melanie and Ellen Pence, eds. Coordinating Community Responses to Domestic Violence. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 1999. Print.
Call Number: HV6626.2 .C66 1999

Mills, Linda G. Insult to Injury: Rethinking Our Responses to Intimate Abuse. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003. Print.
Call Number: HV6626 .M55 2003

Van Wormer, Katherine and Albert R. Roberts. Death By Domestic Violence: Preventing the Murders and Murder-Suicides. Westport: Praeger, 2009. Print.
Call Number: HV6626 V.36 2009

Marecek, Mary. Breaking Free From Partner Abuse: Voices of Battered Women Caught in the Cycle of Domestic Violence. Buena Park: Morning Glory Press, 1999. Print.
Call Number: HV6626 .M34 1999

Felder, Raoul and Barbara Victor. Getting Away with Murder: Weapons for the War Against Domestic Violence. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996. Print.
Call Number: HQ 809.3 .U5 F45 1996

Reference Books

Finley, Laura L., ed. Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence and Abuse. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2013. Print.
Call Number: REF HV6626 .E535 2013 v.1-2

Matthews, Dawn D., ed. Domestic Violence Sourcebook. Detroit: Omnigraphics, 2004. Print.
Call Number: REF HV6626.2 .D685 2004

Electronic Books


The library has recently added 20,000 online books from the vendor Ebrary. This is the “community college” collection, of interest to students and faculty at 2-year colleges. All books are simultaneously available to all RCC users.

Gender Based Violence: Causes and Remedies
Simister, J. Gender Based Violence: Causes and remedies. New York: Nova, 2012. Web.

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Rethinking Domestic Violence
Dutton, Donald G. Rethinking Domestic Violence. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006. Web.

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Tackling Domestic Violence: Theories, Policies and Practice
Radord, Jill and Lynne Harne. Tackling Domestic Violence: Theories, policies and practice. New York: Open University Press, 2008. Web.

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Domestic Violence: A Multi-Professional Approach for Health Professionals
Keeling, June and Tom Mason. Domestic Violence: A mutli-professional approach for health professionals. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill/Open University Press, 2008. Web.


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's periodicals section for articles about domestic violence.

  • Psychology of Women Quarterly
  • Criminal Justic & Behavior
  • US News & World Report


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over 7,600 articles mentioning "domestic violence", 1,000 articles mentioning "domestic abuse", 1,300 mentioning "children" and "domestic violence."

Credo Reference

Through the Credo Reference database, RCC students can gain access to any of a possible 2,977,685 entries, with over 2,000 results returned when searching "domestic violence."

Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. This database provides over 5,000 full-text articles with the key words "domestic violence."

Global Issues in Context

Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Searching this database with the keywords "domestic violence" yields nearly 3,000 hits.

Streaming Videos

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand.

Films On Demand

11401_thumb.jpgDomestic Violence and Cycle of Violence (5:14 min. clip)
Domestic violence includes emotional, verbal, sexual, and physical abuses. Domestic violence is the single greatest cause of injury to women. The "cycle of violence" theory helps explain how a loving environment can dissolve into a violent one.

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This program shows how people can and have said "Enough!": women, men, andchildren who offer proof that domestic violence can be stopped, that healing is possible if there is someone to help. The program also shows the social and legal services that make the difference.

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Xiomara Fuentes, Amandeep Kaur, and Nneka—three wives beaten and humiliated by their husbands—are the subjects of Let’s Talk About It, which gives a voice and a face to a spreading epidemic of spousal abuse.

Web sites

There are many good domestic violence web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Cornell University has a very good guide.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline was established in 1996 as a component of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed by Congress. The Hotline is a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention, information and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families.
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand.
This website includes state-by-state legal information and resources for domestic violence.
A rundown of domestic violence facts provided by, a provider of mental health information and services for mental health practitioners and those they serve.

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 11/22/10 by Becky Ferris:; updated on 4/1/2014 by Katie Bliss.