AbusedWomen.org – no matter what you call it, it hurts. You want to do something about it, but what can you do that won't make your life even worse? New editions of Ginny NiCarthy’s books, Getting Free and You Can Be Free (Seal Press), help you figure out whether your partner is physically abusing you and whether you are being emotionally abused – which can be even more harmful.
Asha Family Services – provides programs and services for women, men, teens, children and families, whose lives are impacted by violence, abuse or neglect in the home, Milwaukee, WI.
ASHA Family Services, Inc., Reaches 25 Years of Service to Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Sex Trafficking, June 11, 2014
Brochure, June 2009
Battered Women's Justice Project – is the national resource center on civil and criminal justice responses to intimate partner violence (IPV). In addition to our main office in Minneapolis, BWJP manages the National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith and Credit and partners with the National Clearinghouse on the Defense of Battered Women, which provides assistance to IPV victims charged with crimes and their defense teams. All three offices provide technical assistance and training to professionals engaged in these systems: advocates, civil attorneys, judges and related court personnel, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, probation officers, batterers intervention program staff, and defense attorneys; as well as to policymakers, the media, and victims, including incarcerated victims, and their families and friends. BWJP also assists tribal and military personnel who fulfill equivalent positions in their respective institutional responses to IPV, Minneapolis, MN.
Carolyn S. Hennecy ~ Domestic Violence Speaker & Author – endured sexual abuse as a child before becoming a victim of spousal abuse and battering as a woman. She is now an author, committed advocate, Designated Victim Services Practitioner and accredited speaker working to bring awareness regarding abuse and domestic violence. As a speaker, Carolyn informs, motivates and empowers victims and struggling survivors of abuse to see their options and potentials. She also educates and enlightens others, trying to eradicate the senseless emotional and mental damage, physical injuries, and far too often, deaths that occur as a result of abuse and domestic violence, Lakeland, FL. Visit the Orange Blossom Wishes website.
Casa de Esperanza (English / Español) – we are a Latina organization – in both staffing and approach. Our Board of Directors is 80% Latina, and our staff is 72% Latina. All our work is grounded in Latina realities. Our starting point in supporting Latinas and our communities is their strength; we assist them to recognize their strengths, build on them and reach their goals. Effective responses to domestic violence are shaped by the lived realities of Latinas and facilitate support systems "where they live." It is the community that will end domestic violence, not Casa de Esperanza or any other system or organization, St. Paul, MN.
Casa de Esperanza Receives $100,000 Donation from Verizon to Raise Awareness about Domestic Violence, PR Newswire, Basking Ridge, NJ: January 26, 2012.
Casa de Esperanza Named National Resource Center on Domestic Violence by the Department of Health and Human Services, October 2011.
National Latin@ Network (English and Español) – we are the national institute on domestic violence focusing on Latin@ communities, a project of Casa de Esperanza. We provide training and consultations to practitioners and activists through the US, as well as in Latin America. We organize national and regional events. We engage in federal and state public policy advocacy and conduct research on issues that affect Latin@s in the US and abroad. We produce practical publications and tools for the field, disseminate relevant, up-to-date information and facilitate an online learning community that supports practitioners, policy makers and researchers who are working to end domestic violence.
Stories of Impact: Casa de Esperanza, Casa de Esperanza and Tracy Babler, Building the Field of Community Engagement. Copyright © 2015 Building the Field of Community Engagement.
The Center for Women and Families – offers services to all survivors of intimate partner abuse or sexual violence. Our clients include men, and gay, lesbian and transgender people in addition to women and dependent children. We provide a variety of residential and nonresidential services including emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling and advocacy. If you or someone you love has experienced sexual assault or partner abuse at any point, please remember that help is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through our toll-free crisis line: 877-803-7577, Louisville, KY.
Abuse Intervention Programs – offers domestic violence training and resources based on The Duluth Model to help community activists, domestic violence workers, practitioners in the criminal and civil justice systems, human service providers, and community leaders make a direct impact on domestic violence, Duluth, MN.
"The Duluth Model": Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Wins Prestigious International Prize for Best Policy Worldwide, October 14, 2014.
Domestic Violence ~ National Organizations, Programs and Online Resources, Office for Victims of Crime, Washington, DC.
The Domestic Violence Project of Silicon Valley California.
DomesticShelters.org, Theresa's Fund – the largest searchable directory of domestic violence service providers in the United States providing users the ability to find services best suited to their needs and providing domestic violence providers with invaluable online resources, Phoenix, AZ.
2016 Impact Report, August 2016.
DomesticShelters.org Reaches Traffic Milestone, April 11, 2016.
DomesticShelters.org Assists Over 400,000 People in Year One, August 16, 2015.
It's Live! The first online & mobile accessible database of U.S. DV agencies. Helping survivors find help faster, more easily., Rachel L. West, The Political Social Worker Blog, September 5, 2014.
First National, Online Searchable Domestic Violence Provider Database Set to Launch, July 29, 2014.
End Violence Against Women International – provides effective, victim centered, multi-disciplinary training and expert consultation regarding crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence. EVAW International also seeks to identify and disseminate effective primary prevention programs for men and risk reduction programs for women, Addy, WA.
2015, 2014 and 2012 Annual Reports
EVAWI Hires New Staff to Assist You, December 10, 2013
Everyday Victim Blaming – challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse.
Futures Without Violence (formerly the Family Violence Prevention Fund) – creating futures without violence has been our vision for over thirty years. Now, it is also our name. From domestic and dating violence, to child abuse and sexual assault, FWV works to end some of the most pressing global issues of our time, San Francisco, CA.
Communications X-Change – an online library of materials contributed by organizations and individuals around the world who are working to end violence against women and children. A wide assortment of international content includes flyers, posters, videos, brochures, educational materials and more, all of which you can view and download free of charge.
Promising Futures – best practices for serving children, youth and parents experience domestic violence. We hope that you find this a useful resource for helping you transform or enhance your program's ability to effectively meet the needs of women, children and youth experiencing domestic violence. We envisioned this website as an evolving resource for advocates and programs so please share with us all the innovative work and tools you have developed so that we can continue to highlight the work of the field.
Humanity Against Local Terrorism ~ H.A.L.T. – a not-for-profit organization, created in order to help people in finding a solution to stop the 'local terrorism" of bullying, abuse and domestic violence within our communities. We designed this website to encourage, aid and support education, prevention and services for the bullied and abused victims throughout each of our communities. We cannot be silent anymore; we have to stand up and say HALT to all forms of bullying, abuse and domestic violence. Together, we can create a voice loud enough to HALT these senseless acts of violence against our children, families and friends. We are the solution, we have the answer, and together we have the power to say HALT, Calgary, AB, CA.
I AM UNBEATABLE – the mission is to raise awareness, educate and prevent domestic violence against women and children through real stories of real people.
Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Center for Social Work Research, School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin – the mission is to advance the knowledge base related to domestic violence and sexual assault in an effort to end violence. IDVSA accomplishes this through supporting research on domestic violence and sexual assault and by providing training, technical assistance, and information dissemination to the practitioner community and the community at large. It is the vision of IDVSA that its multi-disciplinary, researcher-practitioner, collaborative approach will enhance the quality and relevance of research efforts and their application in service provision, Austin, TX.
Jana's Campaign – the life of Jana Mackey was about equality, love and justice. Jana’s Campaign, Inc. was created by her family and friends to help make Jana’s values become reality. We are confident that we are heading in the right direction in building a strong, caring and impactful organization that has the capability of producing powerful results. We are a national group of activists, advocates and volunteers who are committed to continuing Jana’s work of protecting women, Hays, KS. Watch "Jana's Story" video.
Journey to Freedom – dedicated to helping abused women find a whole new beginning in their life.
Joyful Heart Foundation – the vision is a world free of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. Our mission is to transform society's response to sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, support survivors' healing, and end this violence forever. We deliver our mission through a program portfolio that includes three integrated areas: healing, education and advocacy, New York, NY.
Joyful Heart Foundation Accomplishments, 2011-2012.
Ten-Year Strategic Plan, 2015.
Watch Mariska Hargitay's speech at The National Press Club, Washington, DC, March 13, 2013.
Legal Momentum – the nation’s oldest nonprofit legal group dedicated to advancing the rights of women and girls. The mission is to ensure economic and personal security for all women and girls. Legal Momentum envisions a society in which all women and girls are economically secure, empowered to make their own choices, and can live and work free of discrimination and violence. In this society, all women enjoy the conditions, opportunities, and support that enable them to realize their human rights and freedoms, New York, NY.
Read April 8, 2014 news release, "Carol Robles-Román Appointed President and CEO of Legal Momentum".
2011 Annual Report.
Linda's Voice – the mission is to engage, educate and empower women to work together to end domestic abuse. The vision is to help all women in abusive relationships find the strength and confidence to leave their abuser and move forward to live their best lives free violence and control.
View Esther's Voice, November 21, 2012.
View video, June 18, 2012.
Lodestone For Domestic Violence Blog – the aim and purpose of Lodestone for domestic violence is to navigate victims who are or have suffered domestic violence to the support networks that are available.To inspire strength, confidence, self belief, self-esteem and self empowerment. For you to know you are not alone. You do not have to suffer this silent soul destroying life situation on your own. There is help out there. People will listen, people do care. I know how it felt, when either I told people I was being abused within the home and didn’t believe me as my abuser was just so nice to the outside world. How it felt when I could see people whisper to each other that ah yes he hits her, although wouldn’t come and say to me, Roisin are you okay would you like a listening ear or a chat over a cup of coffee. Is there anything we can do? I also know how this affects the children, the guilt, and the fear of how it will affect them emotionally and mentally and how it will affect them later in life.
Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence – was created in 2001, when New York City residents voted to make the office a permanent part of City government. OCDV is one of only a few government offices in the United States to focus solely on issues of domestic violence. OCDV formulates policies and programs, monitors the citywide delivery of domestic violence services, and works with diverse communities to increase awareness of domestic violence. OCDV works closely with City agencies, community based organizations, community leaders, and others to make it as easy as possible for domestic violence victims and their children to get the help that they need regardless of the language they speak or their immigration status. OCDV also creates programs that are critical to preventing domestic violence and works with the criminal justice system to hold batterers accountable, New York, NY. See NYC Healthy Relationship Training Academy.
Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, Michigan Department of Human Services – promotes the empowerment of survivors and seeks social change to redress the existing power imbalance within violent relationships, Lansing, MI.
Millennium: Ending Domestic Violence, Family Violence Prevention and Services Program.
The Milligan Foundation – a nationally available resource for domestic violence victims in need of transportation and relocation services. We provide direct assistance to victims through the purchase of bus, train, airline tickets, and point to point secure escort. We also provide supplemental support to shelters by providing gas cards for in-house transportation services, and we host a monthly support group for survivors rebuilding their lives. Our services began in 2011, and since that time we have helped over 300 domestic violence victims get safely to shelters across the country. Our mission is made successful by our ability to purchase tickets for travel, gasoline, and the collaborative work of many shelters. The funds used to cover transportation costs are 100% donor supported. None of the funds donated are used for operational overhead. Our goal is to be able to facilitate a move of location to a safe place anywhere within the United States. Our services are called upon by shelters, police departments, county social services, and hospitals. Our motto is, "We will move anyone, anywhere, anytime", Oakland, CA.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence – works on coalition building at the local, state, regional and national levels; support for the provision of community-based, non-violent alternatives – such as safe home and shelter programs - for battered women and their children; public education and technical assistance; policy development and innovative legislation; focus on the leadership of NCADV’s caucuses and task forces developed to represent the concerns of organizationally under represented groups; and efforts to eradicate social conditions which contribute to violence against women and children, Denver, CO.
Onward & Upward ~ 2014 Year in Review, May 2015.
Ruth M. Glenn Named NCADV's Executive Director, October 8, 2014.
Interim Executive Director, August 1, 2014.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals Announces Partnership with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Laval, QC, CA: October 2, 2013.
kathy lo rocks (www.kathylo.com) Partners with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), kathylo.com, San Francisco, CA: September 26, 2011. Buy necklace.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Partners with Legendary Soul Icon Betty Wright and the Give Back Foundation, February 11, 2011.
National Network to End Domestic Violence – a social change organization representing state domestic violence coalitions, is dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists, Washington, DC.
10th Anniversary Celebration, June 14, 2005.
NNEDV and M·A·C AIDS Fund Forge Innovative Partnership, M·A·C AIDS Fund, March 22, 2010.
NNEDV Congratulates Domestic Violence Advocates Victor Rivers, Anne Crews and Karen Artichoker for Being Honored as Part of Women's eNews's 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, May 17, 2006.
Reader with a Cause
U.S. State & Territorial Coalitions
National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan – the mission is to make the prevention of interpersonal violence a national priority and to encourage healthy relationships by linking science, practice, policy and advocacy. The goals are to: be a major influence for ending interpersonal violence across the lifespan; be in the forefront for policy, research, and practice; identify gaps and issues facing the field of interpersonal violence prevention; develop a blueprint for action for one, three, and five years; key will be integration across: disciplinary fields; research, practice and policy; organizations; and types of violence; use action teams to develop and implement tasks to meet our objectives within the given time frame; translate and disseminate current information through special journal issues and web-based media; and plan for the continued development and expansion of the NPEIV.
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence – since 1993 NRCDV has been a comprehensive source of information for those wanting to educate themselves and help others on the many issues related to domestic violence. Today, through its key initiatives and special projects such as VAWnet, Women of Color Network, Domestic Violence Awareness Month Project, Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence and Domestic Violence Evidence Project, NRCDV works tirelessly to improve community response to domestic violence and, ultimately, prevent its occurrence. Our comprehensive technical assistance, training and resource development are just a few examples of the many ways in which NRCDV broadly serves those dedicated to ending domestic violence in relationships and communities, Harrisburg, PA.
Access Initiative: Documenting our progress towards greater accessibility – this resource page describes the story of the Access Initiative, offers definitions of key terms, and provides an overview of our key activities and accomplishments. Also included are lessons learned and recommendations, a list of materials and resources to support continued learning in this area, and links to organizations that focus on promoting accessibility and civil rights for people with disabilities.
Adults who Experienced Domestic Violence in Childhood (AEDVC) Leadership Forum – is comprised of advocates in the movement to end gender based violence who identify as having experienced domestic violence in childhood. The Leadership Forum was established to amplify the voices and experiences of AEDVC to enhance our work to end domestic violence. Pledge to make space at the table for children exposed to domestic violence and see Facebook page.
Nicole Brown Foundation – a non-profit national advocacy organization against domestic violence. Our primary purpose is to bring awareness, education and inspiration to our communities.
"Not to People Like Us" – offers support, information and referrals to victims of domestic violence in upscale families, and to provide resources and education for the helping professionals who work with them, Chicago, IL.
OutrageUs – utilizes the power of education and media to focus attention and initiate dialogue on areas of personal terrorism that are often ignored. Many individuals and communities want to do a better job of preventing partner violence ~ they just don't know how. Through unique collaborations with institutions, communities, and survivors, OutrageUs is developing multimedia resources, services, tools and research informed strategies to help communities build on their strengths and effectively address partner violence. A variety of media, including original personal narrative pieces and short documentary films, are being created to attract and engage a wide and diverse audience. The mission is to increase public understanding, outrage and activism related to partner violence, which denies people's basic human rights to freedom and self-fulfillment, and to empower individuals and groups to create meaningful and positive change in communities, governments and criminal justice systems to restore these rights.
The P.E.A.C.E. Initiative, San Antonio, TX.
Peace Over Violence – a non-profit, feminist, multi-cultural, volunteer organization dedicated to building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence. To achieve this mission our agency manages five departments delivering the services of Emergency, Intervention, Prevention, Education and Advocacy. POV is formerly known as the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women, Los Angeles, CA.
Annual Reports: 2009-2010 and 2011-2012
Every year since 1999, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault, Los Angeles, CA. See infographic of 2014 Denim Day.
Praxis International – is a nonprofit research and training organization that works toward the elimination of violence in the lives of women and children. We work with local, statewide, and national reform initiatives to bridge the gap between what people need and what institutions provide. Since 1996, we have worked with advocacy organizations, intervention agencies, and inter-agency collaborations to create a clear and cooperative agenda for social change in their communities, Duluth, MN.
Praxis Announces New Executive Director, June 15, 2015.
See the Triumph – was founded by Dr. Christine Murray and Dr. Allison Crowe, and this initiative grew out of two research studies that these two collaborated on. You can learn more about these research studies here. Read more about the founders. Our goal in starting See the Triumph is to share the inspirational stories that our participants shared with us. We hope these stories and the messages that these survivors wanted to share with others will offer a positive, more triumphant vision of current and former survivors of domestic violence. We also want to provide a forum for people to share their own stories of triumph and connect with others who are triumphing over abuse. We wish to show that people who have been abused do not need to live their lives defined by those experiences, but rather that they can build healthy, positive, inspiring lives and relationships.
The Safety Zone – is a content-driven site on domestic violence for use by both survivors and potential helpers; it made its debut in February 1997, and I've been slowly adding to it since.
Sheila Wellstone Institute – Sheila Wellstone was a national champion in the effort to end domestic violence in our communities. The Sheila Wellstone Institute continues her commitment to building power and visibility to ensure that ending violence against women and children is a national priority, St. Paul, MN.
Silent Witness National Initiative – promoting peace, healing and responsibility in adult relationships in order to eliminate domestic murders in the United States by the year 2010, Minneapolis, MN.
Stop Abuse Campaign – we see our role as educating and enabling a popular, grassroots movement to stop abuse as well as igniting conversations about abuse so that people start talking and sharing and becoming more involved as a community. A community focused on the common goal of ending abuse. We will fuel money and resources into causes and organizations invested in our mission of stopping abuse ~ all abuse. It's going to take all of us working together as an organized and popular, grassroots movement to affect the necessary changes in law and societal attitudes concerning abuse ~ by education, activism, and funding. The Campaign's primary strategies to stop abuse: 1) educate all adults how to create safe environments for themselves and those that they love; 2) provide easy access to enhanced mental health treatment to all survivors who need it; 3) ensure all abuse is reported into the system and effectively handled; and 4) recruit America's adults to the movement to stop abuse, New York, NY. See brochure.
StopFamilyViolence – the people’s voice for family peace, New York, NY.
Susan Kay Brockert Foundation – our goal is to educate people about Susan's story as well as emphasize how deadly verbal abuse can be, Seattle, WA.
Taking Action Against Domestic Violence, Tampa Bay, FL.
Transforming Communities – is a national technical assistance, training, and resource center that advances new practices, skills, movement building, and policies to prevent violence against women and related forms of abuse, including domestic violence, sexual assault, teen dating violence and gender-based bullying, San Rafael, CA.
Justice Center (English / Español) – provides advocacy, free of charge, for victims of rape, domestic violence, and child abuse, particularly in the Latina and other under served communities of Sonoma County; provides advocacy training and community education; coordinates the Task Force on Women in Policing with the goal of increasing the number of women and minorities in our law enforcement agencies; and is committed to equal justice for all women and girls, Santa Rosa, CA.
News Round-Up (some in English and some in Español)
Newsletter, December 2013
WomensLaw.org (English / Español) – the mission is to provide easy-to-understand legal information and resources to women living with or escaping domestic violence. By reaching out through the Internet, we empower women and girls to lead independent and productive lives, free from abuse, New York, NY.