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Virtual Displays: National Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2021

This guide showcases eBook versions of physical displays at the Fr. Leonard Alvey Library.

What is Domestic Violence?

Main Points (via Opposing Viewpoints: Domestic Violence)

  • Domestic violence and intimate partner violence are types of abuse that occur within romantic or committed relationships, including but not limited to marriage. Such abuse among two adolescents in a close relationship is referred to as teen dating violence.
  • Intimate partner violence includes physical abuse, such as assault, threats, and intimidation; sexual abuse, such as unwanted sexual contact or coercion; and psychological abuse, such as humiliation or controlling behavior.
  • Domestic violence is a problem among all races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, socioeconomic classes, races, and ethnicities. Groups with higher-than-average rates of victimization are multiracial, indigenous, black, and lesbian, gay, or bisexual Americans.

("Domestic Violence." Gale Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection, Gale, 2020. Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints|PC3010999223&it=r

If you are in crisis and need to speak with a counselor immediately please contact:

Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-SAFE (7233)

OR text "START" to 88788

New Beginnings 24 Hour Crisis Line: (800) 226-7273 

Oasis Women's Shelter toll free: (800) 882-2873

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In the case of an emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room

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 A special thanks to Terri for helping us gather resources for this LibGuide!


Leslie Morgan Steiner was in "crazy love" -- that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence. "(Filmed at TEDxRainier.)"

  • "We make finding the right shelter and information about domestic violence easier. Instead of searching the Internet, it is all right here. We’ve painstakingly verified information on shelters in LA to shelters in NY, and every domestic violence program in between. If you or a friend is suffering from physical abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse or verbal abuse, this free service can help." ("About")

Domestic Violence Awareness Project

  • The Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP) supports the rights of all individuals, especially women and girls, to live in peace and dignity. Violence and all other forms of oppression against all communities and families must be eliminated. The purpose of the DVAP is to support and promote national, tribal, territorial, state, and local advocacy networks in their ongoing public education efforts through public awareness, strategies, materials, resources, capacity-building, and technical assistance. ("About the DVAP Project")

Futures without Violence

  • "Futures Without Violence is a health and social justice nonprofit with a simple mission: to heal those among us who are traumatized by violence today – and to create healthy families and communities free of violence tomorrow. From domestic violence and child abuse, to bullying and sexual assault, our groundbreaking programs, policy development, and public action campaigns are designed to prevent and end violence against women and children around the world" ("Home")

Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs

  • "The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP) is the coalition of Kentucky's 13 Sexual Assault Programs. The representatives of each of the 13 Sexual Assault Programs make up KASAP's Board of Directors. Since it was established in 1990, KASAP has served as a central point of contact on sexual violence issues in Kentucky. KASAP DOES NOT PROVIDE CRISIS SERVICES. If you or someone you know is in danger, PLEASE seek safety.  For advocacy, counseling and referrals, find your local sexual assault program or contact the national RAINN hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE." (About Us")

Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV)

  • "The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) provides a strong, statewide voice on behalf of survivors and their children. KCADV administers $13 million in state and federal funds to its 15 member programs, runs a Certification Program for all domestic violence program staff including 30 hours of classroom instruction, and operates an Economic Empowerment Program serving survivors across the state. KCADV also advocates on domestic violence-related issues at the state and federal levels, coordinates an annual conference with the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault programs, and provides resources, training, and technical assistance to its member programs." ("About Us")

Love is Respect

  • "A project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, love is respect offers 24/7 information, support, and advocacy to young people between the ages of 13 and 26 who have questions or concerns about their romantic relationships. We also provide support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, and other service providers through the same free and confidential services via phone, text, and live chat. We aim to be a safe and inclusive space for young people to access help and information in a setting specifically for them. We provide comprehensive education through resources including quizzes, interactive pages, and testimonials, as well as training, toolkits, and curriculum for educators, peers, and parents to promote healthy relationships and prevent future abuse." ("About")

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

  • "Our mission is to lead, mobilize and raise our voices to support efforts that demand a change of conditions that lead to domestic violence such as patriarchy, privilege, racism, sexism, and classism. We are dedicated to supporting survivors and holding offenders accountable and supporting advocates." ("About Us")

National Domestic Violence Hotline

  • "24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse. Contacts to The Hotline can expect highly-trained, expert advocates to offer free, confidential, and compassionate support, crisis intervention information, education, and referral services in over 200 languages." ("About the Hotline")

New Beginnings

  • "New Beginnings offers confidential crisis and long-term therapy services to sexual assault survivors of all ages, as well as their family and friends. Services are available regardless if the assault was committed today or decades ago. We encourage those who are minorities, LGBTQIA, those with disabilities and other special populations to reach out to us for assistance. We welcome anyone who has been a victim of sexual violence and want to help you live your best life.

    In addition, we offer a wide array of preventative and informational programs to help men, women and children rise above sexual victimization. We have begun to focus more on prevention programming and currently employ three prevention educators that work with K-12 students." ("Who We Are")

Oasis Shelter

  • "OASIS women’s shelter is a Domestic Violence Program for battered women and their dependent children.  OASIS addresses the unique needs of victims of domestic violence trapped in the cycle of violence.

    Located in Owensboro, Kentucky, and built on the “Empowerment Model”,  OASIS provides a safe place for women and their children to escape the trauma and devastation of domestic violence." ("Recovery is Possible")

Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN)

  • "The Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN) believes that ending violence against women and children requires a connection with organizations and individuals to create a clear vision and collective voice for social and systemic change." ("About Us")


  • "The Stalking Prevention, Awareness, & Resource Center (SPARC) is a federally funded project providing education and resources about the crime of stalking. SPARC aims to enhance the response to stalking by educating the professionals tasked with keeping stalking victims safe and holding offenders accountable. SPARC ensures that allied professionals have the specialized knowledge to identify and respond to the crime of stalking." (Mission")