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Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

A guide to informational and research resources about gender, sexuality, and women's studies.

Reference Book

Gender & Violence -- Primary Sources -- A Few Possibilities



    Books of letters, diaries, autobiography, plus government documents:

  • Library Catalog:  start at, then click Catalog; then select Advanced Search.  PLEASE SEE THE BOX BELOW WITH EXAMPLES FOR SEARCHING OUR LIBRARY CATALOG TO FIND PRIMARY SOURCES.


    Documents, newspaper articles, and more via Swem Library databases:

For more primary sources databases, visit, then choose Library Databases, and then choose categories such as History, News, Art, Music, etc.


    Films via Swem Library databases:


    Websites – just a few possibilities:



Gender & Violence -- Primary Sources -- Finding Books, Films, etc., in Swem Library's Catalog

1.  Example of a broad library catalog search:


violence OR abuse OR abused OR abusive


gender OR women* OR men OR gays OR lesbians OR transgender* OR bisexual* OR sex*


sources OR biography OR narrative* OR correspondence OR diar*


2.  Examples of more specific library catalog searches -- note the Subjects assigned to these titles such as:

Family violence

Abused women

Women and war



Freedom Riders:  notice that one subject heading is just Freedom Rides (not Riders):

Indians of North America AND women AND violence -- a couple of examples:


India AND women AND (violence OR crim* OR rape OR abus*) -- a few possible titles, including films and congressional hearings:


Example of primary sources about a particular individual who experienced gender violence:

Examples of books about men/masculinity and violence, both as perpetrators and victims:

Gender & Violence -- Primary Sources -- Reports & Statistics


Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization: National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey 2011

National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 Summary Report
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Violence, & Stalking:  Basic Facts from 2010 Survey (above)


  • Research and Papers
  • Database -- contains statistics about women on many issues; create a free account to access; but difficult to use.

Gender Statistics (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe [UNECE])

Immigrant Women and Sexual Violence (National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women)


Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Females, 1995-2013
(U. S. Department of Justice)

Nonfatal Domestic Violence, 2003-2012
(U. S. Department of Justice)

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence--Statistics
Scroll to see additional sources.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV-Affected Intimate Partner Violence in 2012
(National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs)

Hate Crimes and Violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People (Human Rights Campaign, 2009)