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Gender, Domestic Violence, and Social Justice (GSWS 3000)

This guide provides resources for students studying gender, domestic violence, and social justice, particularly in the GSWS 3000 course.

Choosing Keywords

Discourse about domestic violence has changed over time, even in recent years. In addition to "domestic violence," below are some of the keywords and subject headings you may want to search for in library databases.

  • Gender-based violence
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Family violence
  • Wife abuse
  • Battering / Battered women
  • Partner abuse
  • Violence against women
  • Conjugal violence
  • Domestic abuse
  • Interpersonal violence
  • Marital violence
  • Spousal abuse

Find Books

When you search here, you'll find books we have physically in the library, and also online books and book chapters. Not sure where to start? Try searching for "domestic violence" as a keyword.

Who Writes About Domestic Violence?

DV is discussed in many different academic disciplines. Below are a few recommended databases, along with types of information you may want to find there. When researching this topic, it may be helpful to think of not only what discipline you are writing in, but also what types of scholarship from other fields may support your thesis.

Social Work

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies


Criminal Justice