Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence

In an e-mail dated 10/2, Dr. Amy Cavanaugh, a staff therapist in the university’s Counseling Center, invited the university community to join them in observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to show support for “those who have survived domestic violence” by participating in the Purple Ribbon Campaign.  Purple ribbons are available at the Counseling Center, Multicultural Center, International Programs and Services Office, Recreation Center, and Housing and Residence Life Office.

Amy’s e-mail prompted me to investigate Rice Library’s resources related to this important topic.  When I did, I discovered that we have several items on domestic violence, including books, reference books, videos, and journals.  When searching Rice Library’s catalog, users may want to try the keyword phrase domestic violence or one of the official Library of Congress subject headings:  Family violence, Child abuseIntimate partner violence, Marital violence, or Victims of family violence.  Among the titles discovered from such searches are:
               A Troubled Marriage:  Domestic Violence and theLegal System by Leigh Goodmark

               PreventingFamily Violence:  A MultidisciplinaryApproach edited by Ko-Ling Chan

               Push:  A Novel by Sapphire

The library also has several reference books related to the topic, including the Domestic Violence Sourcebook (2009) and the Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence(2007).  Within its audiovisual collections, one can find both non-fictional treatments of the topic in videos like Family Violence:  Breaking the Chain (2003) and dramatic presentations as well, like The Color Purple(1997).

Lastly, those interested in researching domestic violence and related topics, will be pleased to know that Rice Library makes available at least a dozen periodical publications on the topic, including both professional trade publications and scholarly journals.  Among these are Domestic Violence Report, Family & Intimate Partner ViolenceQuarterly, and Journal of FamilyViolence.

If you need assistance locating these or other resources related to “domestic violence,” please contact Rice Library’s Reference Desk (812/464-1907, 800/246-6173,


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