About This Guide
The purpose of this guide is to introduce resources available through the McKusick Law Library (as well as other online resources) which are available for research in the area of domestic violence and the law. Click on the tabs across the top of the guide to navigate.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence may be defined as:
"[A] pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone."
(From the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women website.)
(Image from the State of California Victim Compensation Program, Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resources Kit, at http://vcgcb.ca.gov/victims/dv2013kit.aspx.)
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