Domestic violence is any pattern of mistreatment or abusive behavior as a means to gain control or maintain control of a family or household member. This abuse can be in the form of physical harm, sexual manipulation, intimidation, financial dependence. Domestic violence can happen to anyone at all stages of life and across all educational and socioeconomic backgrounds. Abusive relationships not only have a traumatic effect on the victim and those around them but domestic violence also has a huge impact on both an economical and a societal level nationally and internationally. Working together to bring awareness, information, and public policy are just some of the ways to work towards the prevention of this global epidemic.
Health Services Research Information Central (HSRIC) page has recently posted a new topic page on domestic violence with all kinds of links to information including data, webinars, and education that you may want to consider including in a library subject guide especially if you have students doing any kind of research projects. This topic page is also informative for clinicians as well as other health and community professionals.
The National Library of Medicine has a new traveling exhibit, “Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives”. The exhibition is currently on display at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. Confronting Violence tells a story that is unfamiliar to most. In fact, within the scholarly community, no one has written about this chapter in history. (more…)