Course Glossary

Here are the vocabulary words we learned in Family Violence.


understand the perspectives and emotions of someone else

Survivor Centered

starting any policy, program, or class with survivors in mind; instead of teaching "around" survivors, teach with them in mind.


practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health (esp. in times of stress)


analytic framework for understanding how aspects of a person's social & political identities combine to create different modes of discrimination & privilege. 

Family Violence

Any act or omission by persons who are cohabitating or living together as a family that results in serious injury to other members of the family.

Intimate partner Violence

specific form of domestic violence; physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse from someone you have a close, personal relationship with.

Child Abuse

any act or failure to act on the part of a parent, caretaker, or adult that results in the harm of a child.


ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences. These are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood. They are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance abuse in adulthood.

Child Exploitation

use of persons for forms of sexual activities, forced labor, or services; considered slavery.

Sibling Abuse

"Violent sibling conflict is a repeated pattern of physical or psychological aggression that inflicts harm" (Caffaro 2014)

Elder Abuse

knowing, intended, or careless act that causes harm to an older person physically, mentally, emotionally, and/or financially

Animal Abuse

When someone hurts an animal or does not care for it responsivly. This can include not providing shelter, leaving it to starve, lack of grooming, and/or neglect to disease.

Child Welfare

three-part federal mandate to promote safety, permanency, and well-being for children experiencing or at risk of child maltreatment