Domestic violence occurs when a family member, partner or ex-partner attempts to physically or psychologically dominate another. The Office for Victims of Crime, part of the U.S. Department of Justice, has a large resource file about domestic violence. It is one of many sources of information provided by in their domestic abuse question/answer resource guide.

MedlinePlus, part of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, offers a resource guide on domestic violence.Topics include diagnosis/symptoms, prevention/screening, coping, journal articles, oreganizations/directories, and laws.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society recognizes that victims of abuse often consult their physicians and health care providers before contacting the police. With this in mind, the Society offers this resource guide. This resource was prpeared in conjunction with many Pennsylvania agencies concerned with domestic abuse.

Philadelphia agencies that assist victims of domestic abuse include Philadelphia Women Against Abuse, Lutheran Settlement House, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc., and Women in Transition.