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Violence Against Women - Online Resources
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault:
National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-7233 [1-800-799-SAFE]
TTY: (800) 787-3224
Hotline is staffed by trained counselors 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Provides crisis intervention, safety planning, referral to shelters and other resources across the US, as well as PR and the US Virgin Islands. Help available in 140 languages.
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
(800) 656-4673 [1-800-656-HOPE]
Access RAINN's Online Hotline here.
2000 L Street, NW, Suite 406
Washington, DC 20036
Hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Provides referrals to community rape crisis centers, support resources, and other help. New online hotline allows people seeking help to confidentially confer with a trained counselor through instant messages. Website has database of rape crisis centers, and other information for victims and advocates.
National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline
24-hour hotline provides help and assistance to teens who are in abusive relationships (or who believe they might be), and others who are worried that their friend may be a victim of abuse. Live webchat with peer counselors available through website can also offer help, advice, counseling, referrals.
Access their Email Hotline for assistance and referrals here.
55 Washington Street, Suite 614
Brooklyn, NY 11201
A project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Online resource with state-by-state information about domestic violence, custody, parental kidnapping, divorce, orders of protection, and gun laws. Women’s Law also has a comprehensive (state by state and national) database of non-profits, shelters, legal aid organizations, and other helpful groups that provide assistance to women and domestic violence victims. The site also has legal definitions, a guide to preparing a case in court, and other self-help materials.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
1120 Lincoln Street, Suite 1603
Denver, CO 80203
Tel: (303) 839-1852
The NCADV is a coalition of grassroots and community organizations that work to prevent, assist, support, and treat victims of domestic violence. The website has contact info for state coalitions and other member organizations, as well as information about safety planning, domestic violence laws, and other related topics.
Feminist.com Anti-Violence Resource Guide
Information and links to domestic violence, sexual assault, and other organizations committed to ending violence against women.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
123 North Enola Drive
Enola, PA 17025
Clearinghouse and library for information relating to sexual violence, including publications, research, and other resources both print and online. Website also provides a complete list of state and territory anti-sexual violence coalitions and their contact information. Does not provide crisis intervention, but can provide referrals.
6400 Flank Drive, Suite 1300
Harrisburg, PA 17112-2778
Sexual and domestic violence resources, including publications, grant programs, public policy, fact sheets, and research.
Nonprofit organization providing information and resources to promote awareness and understanding of the issues involved in sexual assault and other abuse by helping professionals, including doctors, therapists, teachers, and clergy. Website has database of attorneys who specialize in practitioner abuse, links to resources, forums, and other helpful information.
Face to Face: National Domestic Violence Program of the American Academy of Facial, Plastic, and Reconstructive Surgery
24-hour hotline: (800) 842-4546
310 S. Henry Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Provides free reconstructive surgery to domestic violence victims who have scars or injuries of the face, head, or neck due to domestic violence. Works with women’s shelters and other domestic violence programs to ensure both physical and emotional healing.
Give Back a Smile American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
Give Back a Smile: (800) 773-4227
5401 World Dairy Drive
Madison, WI 53718
AACD members provide free dentistry to help survivors of domestic violence who have damaged or lost teeth due to domestic violence. Call toll-free number to apply for services.
National Center for Victims of Crime
Hotline: (800) 394-2255
TTY Hotline: (800) 211-7996
2000 M St. NW, Ste. 480
Washington, DC 20036
An important resource and advocacy organization for crime victims, including victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Affiliated with the National Crime Victims Bar Association. Helps with protective orders and creating safety plans.
National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)
24-hour Resource & Referral Hotline: (800) 879-6682 [800-TRY-NOVA]
510 King Street, Suite 424
Alexandria, VA 22314
24-hour hotline staffed by trained counselors to provide support referrals to local organizations that help crime victims, including victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Also does public policy work to promote victims’ rights, provides technical assistance to advocates and community programs.
Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
Toll-free: (877) 762-7432
PO Box 6416
Chicago, IL 60680
Faith-based organization that focuses both on healing the individual victim and the institution. Information about therapists, lawyers and legislative decisions regarding the sexual abuse of minors available on website. Also connects people with local activist groups and healing liturgies.
Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct and Exploitation (SESAME)
Phone: (702) 371-1290
PO Box 10863
Las Vegas, NV 89193-4601
Email: Terri Miller, President Babe4justice@aol.com
Aims to raise awareness about sexual misconduct in schools, encourage victims to report incidents and help them recover. Information about contacting local and national legislators, reporting abuse and Title IX in elementary schools is available on website. Also provides legal referrals.
Therapy Exploitation Link Line (TELL)
Resource, referral, and networking organization that seeks to help victims and survivors of exploitation by psychotherapists and other healthcare providers find the support and resources they will need to understand what has happened to them, take action, and heal. Email for referrals, support, and other assistance; emails are generally answered within 72 hours by trained volunteers.
Phone: (212) 714-1184
240 West 35th Street, Suite 200
New York, NY 10001
Contact AVP online here.
AVP is dedicated to eliminating hate violence, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities through counseling, advocacy, organizing, and public education.
The Network/La Red
Emergency Hotline: 617-742-4911
PO Box 6011
Boston, MA 02114
Addresses domestic violence among lesbians, bisexual women, and in transgender communities.
Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence
450 Sutter Street Suite 600
San Francisco CA 94108
A national network of advocates, professionals, and others working to end violence against women in Asian communities.
Asian Task Force against Domestic Violence
P.O. Box 120108, Boston, MA 02112
Hotline: 617.338.2355 / Tel: 617.338.2350
Based in New England, the mission of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence is to eliminate family violence and to strengthen Asian families and communities. Many of their brochures are available in Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, and Vietnamese.
Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community
Toll-free: 877-NIDVAAC (643-8222)
University of Minnesota, School of Social Work
290 Peters Hall, 1404 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108-6142
Addresses all forms of family violence in the African-American Community. Works in coalition with communities, legal system, activists, and policymakers to end violence in black families.
Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence (Alianza)
PO Box 7886
Albuquerque, NM 87194
Community education and development, public policy, research, training and technical assistance to professionals and advocates working to address violence against women in Latino communities.
Mending the Sacred Hoop Technical Assistance Project
Toll-free: (888) 305-1650
Phone: (218) 623-HOOP
202 East Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802
Provides training and technical assistance to American Indian and Alaskan Native communities in order to eliminate violence in the lives of women and their children. Works with villages, reservations, rancherias and pueblos across the United States to improve the justice system, law enforcement, and service provider response to the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Native communities.
National Clearinghouse on Abuse Later in Life
Phone: (608) 255-0539
307 S. Paterson St. #1
Madison, WI 53703
Program development, policy and technical assistance and training that addresses the nexus between domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse/neglect. The vision of NCALL is to end abuse and neglect of older adults and people with disabilities by family members, caregivers and others with ongoing relationships with victims. Resource directory includes listing of elder shelters (by state) as well as support groups tailored to older women. Hotline/website info in Spanish and Hmong as well as English.
Battered Women’s Justice Project
Toll-free Phone: (800) 903-0111, ext. 1
Phone: (612) 824-8768
1801 Nicollet Ave South, Suite 102
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Provides training, technical assistance, and consultation to advocates and policymakers on the most promising practices of the criminal and civil justice system in addressing domestic violence. Criminal and Civil Justice staff can provide information and analyses on effective policing, prosecuting, sentencing, and monitoring of domestic violence offenders, as well as protection orders, confidentiality issues, divorce and custody, and separation violence.
BWJP also manages the National Center on Full Faith and Credit:
1901 North Fort Myer Drive, Suite 1011
Arlington, VA 22209
800-903-0111, ext. 2
2400 N. 45th Street, #10
Seattle, WA 98103
International, multifaith organization working to end sexual and domestic violence by helping religious leaders become part of community response to domestic violence. Works with clergy and religious communities by providing on-site training, as well as internet, video, and other informational resources to prevent sexual and domestic violence. Special projects focus on clergy ethics, prevention of child abuse, trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Family Violence Prevention Fund
Phone: (415) 252-8900
TTY: (800) 595-4889
383 Rhode Island St. Suite #304
San Francisco, CA 94103-5133
Public policy and education address multiple aspects of domestic violence and abuse, nationally and internationally.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence -- Public Policy Office
1100 H Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 745-1211 x 143
Works to develop a national legislative agenda to address epidemic of domestic violence and to represent before elected officials the over 2,000 NCADV members and coalition partners. Lobbies Congress, monitors and analyzes state and federal legislative developments and common law, and provides information about pending policy initiatives to shelters, state coalitions, and other grassroots advocates.
National Coalition Against Violent Athletes
P.O. BOX 620453
Littleton, CO 80162
Public education on a variety of issues regarding athletes and violent behavior. Also provides advocacy, referrals and research for victims of violence by athletes. Promotes positive athlete development through education, support and accountability.
National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence
1025 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Information, resources, referrals on child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, and other family violence issues.
National Network to End Domestic Violence
2001 S Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20009
Works to provide information, training, technical assistance, program development, funding to state and community domestic violence organizations; lobbies congress for comprehensive legislative remedies to end domestic violence. Special projects include Women of Color Leadership Project, Technology Safety Project, Transitional Housing Project, VAWA implementation.
Office of Violence Against Women (OVW)/ U.S. Department of Justice
800 K Street, N.W., Suite 920
Washington, D.C. 20530
Federal agency that handles legal/policy issues and grant programs related to violence against women.
Stalking Victims Sanctuary
P.O. Box 400,
Angels Camp, CA 95222
Online resources and support network for victims of stalking. Includes contact info for local organizations, links to online information about stalking, safety planning resources, discussion boards, other help.
Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime
Crisis intervention, referrals, information about state laws, safety planning, and other resources for stalking victims available through hotline or on website.
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
Toll-free Phone: (800) 903-0111, ext. 3
Phone: (215) 351-0010
125 S. 9th Street, Suite 302
Philadelphia, PA 19107
A project of the Battered Women’s Justice Project. Provides customized, case-specific technical assistance to battered women charged with crimes and their defense teams (attorneys, advocates and expert witnesses). The Defense Center works on cases that involve women who have injured or killed their batterer in self-defense; battered women who have been coerced into criminal activity; women charged with "failing to protect" their children from their batterer’s violence; and women who are charged with parental kidnapping or custodial interference after fleeing with their child (or children) to protect themselves or their children from their batterer’s violence.
Free Battered Women
(415) 255-7036 x 304
1540 Market St., Suite 490
San Francisco, CA 94102
Community organizing, parole advocacy, public education, media campaigns, and policy work to achieve clemency and justice for battered women in California prisons.
Michigan Battered Women’s Clemency Project
1019 Maiden Lane
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Email: Professor Carol Jacobsen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Grassroots, volunteer effort working to prepare and file clemency petitions for women in Michigan prisons who have been convicted of murder, but who acted in self-defense of an abuser. The Clemency Project advocates for the freedom and human and civil rights of battered women prisoners through clemency petitions and through other legal and advocacy efforts, publishes original research, and provides public education through events, rallies, lectures, publications, and free distribution and screenings of films narrated by Michigan women prisoners.