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These Resources and Websites to Help Abused Women were put together by Jan Goff- LaFontaine, author and photographer of Women in Shadow and Light: Journeys from Abuse to Healing. See also Related Books


If you are in danger, call 911

Hotlines

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800.799.SAFE (800.799.7233); TDD 800.787.3224 Providing emergency and non-emergency referrals to domestic violence resources in your area (multilingual service available).

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800.656.HOPE (800.656.4673) The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. Online, you’ll find statistics, counseling resources, prevention tips, news and more.

Battered Women’s Justice Project: 800.903.0111 Providing training, technical assistance and other resources through a partnership of three nationally recognized organizations: Domestic Abuse Intervention Project of Duluth, National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence: 800.313.1310 The Family Violence Prevention Fund provides specialized information packets designed to strengthen the health care response to domestic violence, as well as technical assistance and library services to support health care-based domestic violence training and program development.

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence: 800.537.2238 Providing comprehensive information and resources, policy development and technical assistance designed to enhance community response to and prevention of domestic violence.

Resource Center on Child Protection and Custody: 800.527.3223 National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Providing information, consultation, technical assistance and legal research related to child protection and custody issues within the context of domestic violence

Shalom Task Force: The National Jewish Domestic Violence Hotline: (888) 883-2323

Websites

AARDVARC is An Abuse, Rape & Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Collection. This site is for victims of violence, their families and friends, and the agencies and programs which serve them, both public and private. Issues addressed here currently include: domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.

Abuseofpower.info is a unique web site devoted to providing resources for victims of domestic violence whose abusers are police officers and firefighters. Content includes tactics of abuse, impact upon victims and their families and friends, dealing with the justice system, and many other topics. The site also addresses the impact on the career of the police officer who is a victim of domestic violence.

ARIA was created to empower survivors of sexual abuse and to support the healing process by transforming internal suffering into personal works of art. We lay a foundation of hope by both providing forums for artistic self-expression and spreading awareness of sexual abuse.

Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence  The uniqueness of our services comes from our ability to provide culturally and linguistically competent services to Asian women of diverse Asian cultures, recognizing both the specificity of each culture and the values and beliefs shared across the diverse cultures. All direct service staff are bilingual/bicultural women who help clients bridge language and cultural gaps in seeking safety and rebuilding their lives. Program staff speak several Asian languages and dialects: Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin and Toisanese), Hindi, Japanese, Khmer (Cambodian), Korean, Punjabi, Urdu and Vietnamese.

The Call to Protect Our campaign collects wireless phones to benefit victims of domestic violence. Proceeds from the sale of phones help fund agencies that fight domestic violence and are also used to support the educational efforts of the Wireless Foundation. Other phones are refurbished and become lifelines for domestic violence victims when faced with an emergency situation.

Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence  This website contains information about the intersection of religious issues and child abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse and clergy misconduct.

Children of the Night is a private, non-profit, tax-exempt organization founded in 1979. We are dedicated to assisting children between the ages of 11 and 17 who are forced to prostitute on the streets for food and a place to sleep. Since 1979 we have rescued girls and boys from prostitution and the domination of vicious pimps.

Darkness to Light's public awareness campaign seeks to raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse. Our ads are a "call to action" encouraging adults to call or go online for free materials that educate adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women 

Designs By Lucinda is a company with a mission. She creates pins to be used for fund-raisers. A simple thought that has so much power. It is the power behind a company that grew out of personal hardship to become a business dedicated to helping non-profit organizations win. See her site for Domestic Violence pins.

Domestic Violence Agency  HELP of Door County's mission is to provide information, programs and services that will break the cycles of violence and abuse for victims, families, and communities.

Family Violence Prevention Fund  Providing specialized information packets designed to strengthen the health care response to domestic violence, as well as technical assistance and library services to support health care-based domestic violence training and program development. 800.313.1310

Feminist Campus  This is the largest on-campus pro-choice student network. FMLAs and affiliates are united in a national movement through the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Choices program. FMLAs work on a range of feminist issues, with reproductive rights as the cornerstone of the Choices program.

Feminist.com  This is a ten-year-old activist community and consciousness-raising portal of resources and information that supports women’s equality, justice, wellness and safety.

Feminist Majority Foundation  The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), which was founded in 1987, is a cutting edge organization dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. In all spheres, FMF utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically. Our organization believes that feminists—both women and men, girls and boys—are the majority, but this majority must be empowered.

Healing After Abuse, Incest, Rape, Assault After you have been a victim of rape, incest, domestic violence or sexual assault, there are many ways to begin the healing process. Learn about therapy, relaxation techniques, the legal system, and help available at crisis centers.

Hope for Healing  The premier source of information and support to survivors on the internet serving nearly 1 million hits yearly through it’s page and message views in the chat rooms, forums and of course, the main site itself.

Hope4Survivors If you are a survivor of childhood physical, sexual or emotional abuse or are a survivor of any kind of domestic violence, please consider this a safe haven! You are not a victim, you are a survivor! You are not alone!

Jeanne Kuhns ("Jeanne K." in Women in Shadow and Light) is a folk/blues singer, songwriter, and a passionate performer who conveys to her audiences her love of life, women's issues and nature. She will breach the topics of single motherhood, surviving abuse, the beauty of the world around her with awe and humility and humor.

Jewish Women International, founded in 1897 as B'nai B'rith women, honors the concept of tikkun olam—repairing the world-through education, advocacy and action.

Joyful Heart Foundation is dedicated to not only helping survivors of sexual assault heal, but helping to raise awareness and funding for programs with similar missions.

Laura Davis  ("Laura D." in Women in Shadow and Light), co-author of The Courage to Heal, author of I Thought We’d Never Speak Again and several other books on incest survivors and healing, offers an excellent site.

Life Challenges the CyberCenter for Living Creatively with Life's Challenges. We are a non-profit resource center originated to offer people inspiration, support and hope while they face challenges, crises, change, unexpected events, obstacles and turning points in their lives. Our goal is to provide a nurturing environment that can help you discover sign posts during transformational times when all your foundations go bust.

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control  This very informative website, maintained by the Center for Disease Control, contains facts, statistics and the physiological and psychological results of rape.

National Center For Victims of Crime Information on a wide range of topics to increase awareness of the consequences of victimization and the options and resources available to help victims. This information is designed to compliment and enhance the services of victim service professionals. If you need referrals to local victim service providers, call 800.FYI.CALL (800.394.2255).

National Coalitions Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is dedicated to the empowerment of battered women and their children and therefore is committed to the elimination of personal and societal violence in the lives of battered women and their children. NCADV believes violence against women and children results from the use of force or threat to achieve and maintain control over others in intimate relationships, and from societal abuse of power and domination in the forms of sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, anti-Semitism, able-bodyism, ageism and other oppressions.

The National Electronic Network on Violence Against Women (VAW.net), is an online resource for advocates working to end domestic violence, sexual violence, and other violence in the lives of women and children. The library includes a resource room, general collection, law collection, periodicals, and calendar. Resources can be downloaded and printed.

The National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence (Alianza) is part of a national effort to address the domestic violence needs and concerns of under-served populations. It represents a growing network of Latina and Latino advocates, practitioners, researchers, community activists, and survivors of domestic violence. Alianza’s mission is to: promote understanding, initiate and sustain dialogue, and generate solutions that move toward the elimination of domestic violence affecting Latino communities, with an understanding of the sacredness of all relations and communities.

National Organization for Women (NOW) Stop the Violence We have made violence against women a crime, now let’s make it a shame. Let's make it as socially unacceptable as it is illegal. We need a massive public education campaign to destroy the dangerous myths We still need to press for stiffer laws. We should be encouraging arrests for domestic violence, upgrading this offense from a misdemeanor to a felony, requiring better reporting and giving it more weight in custody disputes. 

National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is a membership and advocacy organization of state domestic violence coalitions, allied organizations and supportive individuals. Today, the NNEDV is the leading voice among domestic violence advocates, developing policy that changes the way this country deals with this complex and far-reaching problem. 

National Organization on Male Sexual Victimization: An organization of diverse individuals committed through research, education, advocacy and activism to the prevention, treatment, and elimination of all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men.

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800.656.HOPE (800.656.4673) The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. Online, you’ll find statistics, counseling resources, prevention tips, news and more.

New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) The mission of NJCASA is to promote the compassionate and just treatment of victims and their loved ones, foster collaborative relationships between community systems, and affect attitudinal and behavioral changes in society as we work toward the elimination of sexual violence against all people.

The Northwest Network  increases our communities' ability to support the self-determination and safety of bisexual, transgendered, lesbian, and gay survivors of abuse through education, organizing and advocacy. We work within a broad liberation movement dedicated to social and economic justice, equality and respect for all people and the creation of loving, inclusive and accountable communities.

Parents and Loved Ones of Sexual Abuse and Rape Survivors  A comprehensive site that offers information and tips.

SANE-SART (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner / Sexual Assault Response Team) initial SANE-SART development was in large metropolitan areas, but today development is underway in smaller cities and rural communities. While the SANE Development and Operation Guide has been a valuable development resource, many SANE programs continue to operate in isolation once they are developed and many have not yet developed a system for feedback. This website is the central information database.

Searching for Angela Shelton  A foundation centered around the critically acclaimed movie “Searching for Angela Shelton” and the victims of abuse.

Stop Family Violence Information on legislative activity regarding family violence and instructions on how to contact your legislators.

Survivors Art Foundation Dedicated to encourage healing through the arts, Survivors Art Foundation is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization committed to empowering trauma survivors with effective expressive outlets via internet art gallery, outreach programs, national exhibitions, publications and development of employment skills.

Vday  This is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, started by Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues. VDay is a demand: Rape, incest, battery, genital mutilation and sexual slavery must end now. V-Day is a spirit: We believe women should spend their lives creating and thriving rather than surviving or recovering from terrible atrocities.

Violence Against Native Women (American Indian and Native Alaskan)  Part of a much larger website in service to the Native American Female Community

Women and Children’s Support Resources (WCSR), a 501(c)3 tax-exempt foundation, provides books, posters, tapes and related materials on domestic violence and child abuse to women's shelters and other groups.

Women's Law Initiative Provides state-by-state domestic violence legal and procedural information, courthouse and sheriff locations and contact information. National, state and local links and resources.

Women's Web A Canadian resource site which defines stalking, abuse and consent in terms of Canadian law.

 

 

 

 


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