Domestic Violence National/Global Resources
ADWAS provides a variety of services for the deaf, most notably in its partnership with the National Domestic Violence Hotline in making U.S. nationwide helpline services to the non-hearing video phone calls, instant messaging and email. Contact 1-800-812-1001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the name suggests, A Call to Men works to create a world where men and boys are loving and respectful and all women and girls are valued and safe. Training, seminars, workshops, and campus initiatives are specialties of this group that has presented to over 100,000 individuals and 3,000 organizations since its outset in 2002.
A helpful guide and database to finding local legal resources and state-by-state statutory summary charts is available on this site. The Commission was founded in 1994 to increase access to justice for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking by mobilizing the legal profession and increasing the number of well-trained and supported attorneys.
The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence is a national resource center on domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence in Asian and Pacific Islander communities. It serves a national network of advocates, community-based organizations, national and state programs, legal, health, and mental health professionals, researchers, policy advocates and activists from social justice organizations working to eliminate violence against women. It analyzes and addresses critical issues; provides consultation, technical assistance, and training; conducts research; and engages in policy advocacy.
Since 1993 has been promoting justice and safety for victims of intimate partner violence and their families. Offers resource center covering topics such as child custody, protection orders, firearms and offender intervention, training and technical assistance, and a series of six important projects including one covering the inter-jurisdictional enforcement of protection orders.
Break the Cycle provides comprehensive dating abuse programs exclusively to young people ages 12 to 24. From the classroom to the courtroom to the floor of Congress, they work to give young people, and those who care about them, the tools they need to live safer healthier lives. Their website offers national resources, as well as legal resources specific to those who live in the Washington, D.C. area.
First nationwide camping and mentoring initiative in the U.S. for kids exposed to domestic violence. Operates in collaboration with Family Justice Centers, Multi-Agency Centers, and community-based domestic violence and child advocacy agencies across the U.S. at no cost to the camper or their families.
Resourceful Canadian group with an ambitious array of resources including studies on violence and the workplace, a website called Cut It Out for beauty and hair care professionals, training on topics such as safe schools, media literacy and much more.
Childhelp was established in 1959 as a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect and at-risk children. Childhelp’s approach focuses on prevention, intervention, treatment, and community outreach. They operate the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD® (1-800-422-4453), 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls, texts and online chats from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam.
Coined the term "CDV" or childhood domestic violence and is one of the very few organizations that deal with the overlooked population of adults who faced violence during their childhood. Offers a number of groundbreaking tools and resources, books, documentary and articles to build awareness of CDV and those dealing with it reach their full potential.
CWLA is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving children and families that are vulnerable since 1920. Their expertise, leadership and innovation on policies, programs, and practices help improve the lives of millions of children across the country. CWLA offers trainings, conferences, and webinars.
EVAWI works to inspire and educate those who respond to gender-based violence, equipping them with the knowledge and tools they need to support victims and hold perpetrators accountable. They promote victim-centered, multidisciplinary collaboration, which strengthens the response of the criminal justice system, other professionals, allies, and the general public -- making communities safer.
Maybe you’re looking for help for someone outside the US. If so, this Canadian-based site is a global list of 10,000 abuse hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centers and women's organizations in 110 languages in nearly 200 countries.
Financial tools, online curriculum and webinars that help domestic violence survivors prepare for the future with a better understanding of and management skills for their personal finances. Operated by the AllState Financial, AllState Foundation and National Network to End Domestic Violence.
For more than 30 years FUTURES has been offering groundbreaking programs and campaigns empowering individuals and organizations to bring an end to domestic violence. Great examples include Coaching Boys Into Men, Lessons from Literature, an excellent ongoing webinar series, the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, and much more. A forward-thinking organization and site definitely worth connecting.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation's Give Back a Smile program heals some of the most devastating effects of domestic and sexual violence, by restoring the smiles of adult women and men who have suffered dental injuries to the front 8 teeth only, from a former intimate partner or spouse, family member or due to sexual assault.
Through their Operation: Safe Escape program they can help you, or someone you care about, safely get out of an abusive relationship when technology is being used to prevent escape. They apply the same security principles used by the military, law enforcement, and other personnel security environments to make sure you have the information you need now.
Founded by Law & Order: Special Victims Unit actress Mariska Hargitay, Joyful Heart's mission is heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues.
As it suggests, this resource focuses on teen relationships and can be accessed by phone, text or live chat. Run by The National Domestic Violence Hotline, it offers real-time, one-on-one support from trained peer advocates that offer support, information and advocacy to those involved in dating abuse relationships as well as concerned parents, teachers, clergy, law enforcement, and service providers.
Most noted for its teal circular symbol and advertisements, NOMORE was conceived to amplify the power of the domestic violence and sexual assault movement and to drive awareness and break down the barriers of stigma, silence and shame that keep people from talking about these issues and taking action to prevent them.
The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence educates the policy community about federal laws, legislation and appropriations impacting the fight to end sexual violence. Its team of experts and advocates, donating time away from their state and local groups, publish written analysis, track legislation, provide media interviews, and advise members of Congress and the executive branch.
NCDSV's website includes links to service providers, professional organizations and advocacy groups as well as publications on many topics, including in-depth sections on the military's response to domestic and sexual violence. The training and events calendar is a valuable resource, as is its list of hotlines, internship and job board and calls for proposals related to workshops, conferences, award nominations, funding and scholarships.
The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health provides training, support, and consultation to advocates, mental health and substance abuse providers, legal professionals, and policymakers as they work to improve agency and systems-level responses to survivors and their children. Their work is survivor defined and rooted in principles of social justice. They offer webinars and resources for advocates.
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment. The NCEA disseminates elder abuse information to professionals and the public, and provides technical assistance and training to states and to community-based organizations. Their website includes state-specific resources and frequently asked questions.
NCALL is committed to creating a world that respects the dignity of older adults and enhances the safety and quality of life of older victims and survivors of abuse. They provide publications and resources on equitable and accessible programs, safety planning, outreach, and mandatory reporting. They also advocate for elder justice and engage in policy development.
Long-standing organization that primarily focuses on public policy and training for programs and shelter professionals. Hosts periodic conferences, Remember My Name registry of domestic violence deaths, and Cosmetic & Reconstructive Support Program that helps survivors who need cosmetic surgery in applying for services through two medical providers. Their financial educational webinar series empower survivors with financial literacy knowledge.
Most recognized for its 24-hour national hotline available in English and Spanish every hour of every day of the year at 1-800-799-7233. Hotline advocates provide callers with an understanding ear on a topic that can cause victims to feel embarrassed or isolated, safety planning and guidance on accessing local services. It also operates live chat services with advocates every day.
The National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, Inc. (NIWRC) seeks to enhance the capacity of American Indian and Alaska Native (Native) tribes, Native Hawaiians, and Tribal and Native Hawaiian organizations to respond to domestic violence. NIWRC prints Restoration magazine and offers the hotline 1-844-762-8483 Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5:30 pm CST. Callers after hours have the option to connect with the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
The National Link Coalition is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative initiative to increase awareness and address public policy, programs and research. Intentional abuse in any form should be taken seriously. This organization serves as the National Resource Center on The Link between Animal Abuse and Human Violence.
This Washington, DC-based outfit that was formed in 1990 as social change organization, dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists. Though more focused on policy and supporting state coalitions and allied organizations, it does offer plenty of useful information and operates a separate website covering domestic violence laws. They also offer detailed information about technology safety.
Through its special projects, NRCDV has been a source for 20 years for those wanting to educate themselves and help others on the many issues related to domestic violence. The special projects include Building Comprehensive Solutions, Domestic Violence Awareness Project, Domestic Violence Evidence Project, VAWnet, preventIPV, RHY Toolkit and ACE-DV, and each has its own dedicated website with additional resources that you can access here.
OVC was formally established in 1988 through an amendment to the 1984 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). Its mission is to enhance the Nation's capacity to assist crime victims by providing leadership and funding on behalf of crime victims. Visit their website to find victim assistance programs in your area including compensation programs through the Crime Victim's Fund.
Researchers estimate that 1 in 6 men have experienced unwanted or abusive sexual experiences before age 18. This organization offers online individual chat and group support groups, information on healing, as well as helpful resources for family and friends, professionals and community outreach.
RedRover helps animals rescued from disasters or neglect, domestic violence victims seeking safety with their pets, and animals with life-threatening illnesses. Their program RedRover Relief provides financial assistance, resources, and support to low-income individuals and survivors of domestic violence and their pets, so families can escape together and stay together. They also have information about alternative financial assistance programs for pets and a directory of pet-friendly shelters.
The Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody is a project of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. For more than twenty years, the Resource Center has provided training and technical assistance to advocates, professionals, and communities seeking to improve outcomes in child protection and custody cases that involve domestic violence, while also leading policy reform in those areas. The Resource Center operates an 800-line for survivors and professionals seeking information, referrals, research, and support.
Three free online video and training courses from AVON Foundation and Ohio Domestic Violence Network: 1) training on how to intervene as a bystander to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault; 2) how to talk to teens about dating abuse, and 3) how to break the cycle of abuse in children of domestic violence. Although developed for employers, anyone can learn from this excellent series.
The Pixel Project offers people who are first-time supporters of the movement to end violence against entry-level opportunities to contribute their talents to the cause. The Pixel Project also provide online resources to get help and/or share their stories including tweeting helplines from over 30 countries daily, resource pages with links to anti-violence against women organizations worldwide, and their annual Survivor Stories campaign.
A Native American operated non-profit dedicated to providing free publication resources, comprehensive trainings, and technical assistance for Native nations and tribal justice systems in pursuit of their vision to empower Native communities to create and control their own institutions for the benefit of all community members, now, and for future generations.
The VictimConnect Resource Center is a business-hours call, chat, and text-based referral line. This service focuses on listening and supporting victims of crime and connecting them with local, state, and national organizations that can help them find the appropriate next step to take after experiencing a crime.
If you’re an American overseas, your situation is different than 99% of your fellow countrymen, and this site will be a wonderful resource for you. Among such services as case management, danger-to-safety relocation, legal consultations for mothers seeking divorce and custody, payment of initial legal retainers, housing assistance and funds to help with emergency needs such as issuing American passports, there is also a 24-hour response to emails, as well as international phone options and live chat.
Uniquely, this site is a treasure trove of all sorts of information, though its best attributes are related to legal matters on the topic of domestic violence, including how to stay safe, how to help others in abusive relationships, understanding federal, state and tribal laws, links to statutes, and preparing for court. You can pose your legal questions in English or Spanish through its email hotline.
The Women’s Independence Scholarship Program, Inc. is an offshoot of Doris Buffet's The Sunshine Lady Foundation. WISP offers scholarships nationally to women who have left an abusive domestic situation and who are pursuing an education designed to provide economic independence for themselves and their children.
The following guidelines are used by DomesticShelters.org to determine which books we will make available in our Recommended Books section. If you are an author and would like us to consider your book for our site, please review the guidelines carefully before submitting. To submit a book, email us at email@example.com and include a PDF copy of the book.
- Your book must be published by a traditional publisher, not self-published.
- The book must be professionally written, researched, fact-checked, edited and copyedited.
- The book must meet book publishing industry standards for formatting, structure and presentation.
- The writing must exhibit expert understanding of domestic violence or related topics.
- The author is ideally widely recognized for their expertise on the topic presented.
- The book must have an ISBN 10.
- The book must be available through amazon.com.
- You must submit a PDF version of the book so that it can be easily reviewed.
While we receive many book submissions and reserve the right to determine which books will become available on DomesticShelters.org, we’re nonetheless greatly appreciative of all the good work created by the many people working to help survivors and end domestic violence.