Domestic and Family Violence Resources
No Private Matter! Ending Abuse in Intimate & Family Relations: In 2007 the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation began a project to select the most innovative and promising projects from around the world which sought to end domestic and family violence. The winners have been selected, and you can find links to all 242 entries.
Hot Peach Pages: The goal of the Hot Peach Pages is to provide information on abuse in as many languages as possible, along with lists of abuse help agencies for every country in the world. Currently, they either have or link to: abuse information in 79 languages; and list agencies for 229 out of the approximately 238 countries in the world
National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence: NCCAFV provides public awareness and education materials, program and resource development consultation, and technical assistance and training in the United States and internationally.
Verbal Abuse: The Verbal Abuse website is dedicated to the recognition and prevention of verbal abuse in homes, schools and workplaces. A major online resource in this field.
White Ribbon Campaign: An international advocacy organization of men working to end violence against women. They are an educational organization to encourage reflection and discussion that leads to personal and collective action among men
American Administration on Aging - Elder Rights / Elder Abuse: A wealth of information on elder abuse research, prevention, education, victim support, resources and reporting. Highly recommended.
Elder Abuse Prevention Unit (Queensland, Australia): The goals of the EAPU are to enhance the quality of life and safety of older people in Queensland by ensuring that: Older people are aware of how to prevent elder abuse; Older people who are abused have access to information and assistance: Older people have access to services with fully developed inter-agency networks providing a coordinated response: Staff in community organizations providing services to older people have the knowledge and skills to assist them; Current and proposed legislation address the issue of elder abuse; Older people and organizations are empowered by having access to decision-making processes.
International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse: The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse aims to increase society's ability, through international collaboration, to recognize and respond to the mistreatment of older people in whatever setting it occurs, so that the latter years of life will be free from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse: The ONPEA is dedicated to educating professionals and lay persons about elder abuse and neglect; promoting information sharing among professionals and advocates in the field of elder abuse; developing educational and training programs about elder abuse prevention and intervention for people working with the elderly; advocacy and support to victims of elder abuse and neglect.
Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse: The Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse is a national resource on issues of domestic violence and family violence. It provides a central point for the collection and dissemination of Australian domestic and family violence policy, practice and research. It aims to meet the information needs of government agencies, generalist and specialist service providers, researchers and interested members of the public.
Alliance to End Violence: The Alliance to End Violence is Calgary’s resource centre for family and sexual violence. This excellent site supplies background, security and safety information, plus links and resources for victims in this region.
BC Association of Specialized Victim Service and Counselling Programs: The Association provides a provincial voice for survivors of violence and the community-based services that support them. They maintain a strong network between Community-Based Victim Assistance programs, Sexual Assault Centres and Stopping the Violence counselling programs across BC. They have also established important links with government, policy makers, legislators and other provincial organizations.
Canadian Forces Canadina/Family Resource Centres: Information, education and support services for families of service people.
Canadian Women's Foundation: Canadian Women’s Foundation raises money and makes grants to help stop violence against women and build economic independence for women and their children. We're investing in the power of women and the dreams of girls!
Centre for Research on Violence: Funded by the Canadian government, this organization seeks to prevent domestic violence and sexual abuse. They are involved in a number of areas, including intervention strategies, civil and criminal remedies, education, training initiatives and prevention.
Family Violence Initiative: Department of Justice Canada's family violence site, The Department's role in family violence issues is based on its overall mandate, which includes two specific areas of responsibility: 1) Ensuring that Canada is a just and law-abiding society with an accessible, efficient and fair system of justice. In the area of family violence, this responsibility includes working with provincial and territorial governments to improve the ways in which the criminal justice system responds to cases of family violence. 2) Promoting respect for rights and freedoms, the law and the Constitution. In the area of family violence, this responsibility includes strengthening the criminal justice legal framework–by reinforcing existing policies and legislation and creating new policies or laws for dealing with family violence. These efforts must reflect the needs and realities of victims of family violence. They must also be consistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom
Family Violence in Canada - 1998-2005: Statistics Canada datasheets and analysis
National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence: NACAFV serves by acting as a national clearinghouse for on-the-ground information, developing standards, training programs and provides a project monitoring Aboriginal family violence. NACAFV as has its basis in a consultative process that respects and recognizes Aboriginal knowledge as necessary for the effective provision of family violence intervention and prevention to Aboriginal peoples.
National Clearinghouse on Family Violence Canada: An office of Health Canada, this site provides excellent information and resources on all aspects of family violence, including: prevention, elder abuse, child abuse, spousal abuse, sexual abuse and more.
Ontario Network of Sexual Assault Care and Treatment Centres (ONSACTC): This website provides information about the services offered at Sexual Assault Care and Treatment Centres in Ontario as well as information about sexual assault and domestic violence. Although the original mandate of their service revolved around the care for victims/survivors of sexual assault, their mandate is expanding to include service for victims/survivors of domestic violence.
Ontario Women's Justice Network: This is an online legal resource for women's organizations and individuals working on issues related to justice and violence against women and children. Their services include examining various justice issues, such as sexual assault and partner abuse; providing legal information such as a glossary of legal terms, fact sheets, and commentary on laws and court cases pertaining to women's experiences. We also offer links to relevant online resources.
Violet: Law and Abused Women: This site is a plain language, woman-friendly, safe space on the Internet providing passive and interactive services to meet the legal information needs of abused women and their service providers in Alberta. Violet is is a joint project of the Legal Studies Program, Faculty of Extension and the Alberta Council of Women's Shelters.
International Foundation for Crime Prevention and Victim Care: The International Foundation for Crime Prevention and Victim Care (PCVC) is a non-profit, tax-exempt, registered public charitable trust based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The organization was started as a response to Chennai's noticeable absence of support agencies for women who are survivors of domestic abuse. PCVC's mission is to help rebuild lives damaged by abusive family relationships and to facilitate the process of self-empowerment for women survivors of family violence.
Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organization (IKWRO): This UK-based organization was originally created to advocate for and support Kurdish and Iranian women, but has expanded to support all women and men needing help in the Arabic, Farsi, Kurdish and languages. We can also find help in Turkish. Their services include: helping victims escape violence within the family (honour-related violence) or forced marriage; with claiming benefits and making asylum claims; with language skills and other training; and by providing translation and interpreting services. They are committed to women’s equality and human rights, to empowering women to be able to make their own choices, and to support themselves financially and emotionally.
Casa Delle Donne per non subire violenza: A domestic violence center based in Bologna
L´ Associazione Italiana Vittime della Violenza: An advocacy organization which promotes the safety of women from domestic violence, to support victims, and to seek to change the criminal justice system
Institute for Family Functioning (in Japanese): A research and counselling/therapy organization which focuses on domestic violence, child abuse and other symptoms of a dysfunctional family. Their webpage includes links to a variety of counselling/clinical sites in Japan and around the world.
Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies : A consultation and education centre, hosting specialty research teams. The website provides background and contact information with various specialists at the Centre.
End Violence Against Women: A coalition of individuals and organisations who are calling on the Government, public bodies and others to take concerted action to end violence against women, including: activists, survivors, academics and service providers.
Map of Gaps: This project uses geomapping software to show the gaps in service areas for violence against women, including: domestic violence, sexual abuse, sexual assault, specialist court services and treatment programs, and much more.
National Centre for Domestic Violence: The provides free emergency services to survivors of domestic violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation.
Women's Aid Federation National Home Page: This English national organization provides support and information for women and children experiencing physical or emotional violence or sexual abuse in the home. Information on public education, safe houses, safety plans, statistics and useful links to sites of interest can all be found here.
AARDVARC: An abuse, rape and domestic violence resource collection. An excellent resource to information, current news, research and services.
ABA Commission on Domestic Violence: The mission of the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence is to increase access to justice for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking by mobilizing the legal profession. The Commission addresses the acute need to increase the number of well-trained and supported attorneys providing representation to victims by providing creating training opportunities for lawyers, law students, and other legal advocates.
Abuse Victim Hotline: The Abuse Victim Hotline, Inc. offers preliminary support to victims of abuse nationally via their toll-free hotline and confidential email service. If their volunteers cannot help a victim or friend/loved one of a victim directly, they'll do their best to point them in the right direction.
Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: The purpose of the Council is to is to "provide for planning and coordination of services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and to perpetrators of domestic violence and sexual assault and to provide for crisis intervention and prevention programs".
Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center: The Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center works with abused Americans and their children in foreign countries to provide domestic violence and child abuse advocacy, resources and tools so that they can navigate the complicated jurisdictional, legal and social international landscapes, to be able to live their lives free of abuse either in the foreign country or back in the United States. This is achieved via an international toll free crisis line, 866-USWOMEN, accessible from 175 countries, serving a population estimated at 6 million American civilians overseas.
Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement identified domestic violence as one of the most serious problems facing Asian immigrant communities. It offers: counselling, support, advocacy, education and training. Translation of their service descriptions are available in: Chinese, Khmer, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, and Hindi.
Center for the Prevention of School Violence: The Center serves as a primary point of contact for dealing with the problem of school violence. The Center focuses on ensuring that schools are safe and secure so that every student is able to attend a school that is safe and secure, one that is free of fear and conducive to learning. On their site you'll find project descriptions, special articles, research briefs and bulletins, newsletters and downloadable files.
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence: A well-designed and informative site, the Center works from a multi-disciplinary platform on the subject of violence and facilitates the building of bridges between the research community and the practitioners and policy makers. The CSPV collects research literature and resources on the causes and prevention of violence and provides direct information services to the public by offering topical searches on customized databases. Second, CSPV offers technical assistance for the evaluation and development of violence prevention programs. Third, CSPV maintains a basic research component through data analysis and other projects on the causes of violence and the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs. The Center maintains four databases. They are the:
- Violence Evaluation Instruments Database
- Violence Literature Database
- Violence Prevention Program Database
- Violence Resources Database
Child Welfare Information Gateway: This vast site contains online publications, fact sheets, databases and catalogs, access to statistical information from across the US, conference calendars and a host of links to other sites of interest.
Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence: The Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence is committed to breaking the cycle of partner violence through workplace and community prevention education. Its goals are to develop prevention education programs and facilitate networking between members to create a higher consciousness level about the issue in an effort to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, partner violence.
Family Violence Prevention Fund: An excellent source of information and statistics and educational materials on family violence for home, educational, office and court uses. A large collection of relevant links can also be found. An excellent resource site.
Higher Education Center Against Violence and Abuse / Electronic Clearinghouse. An excellent resource listing courses available throughout the US on violence, abuse and prevention. A large number of links to sites of interest and text-only files on violence are also available. One of the best sites I've found on the topic of violence.
Jewish Woman International Domestic Violence Issues: Information and background for abuse women and the rabbis who may counsel them. An extensive set of links to related and helpful sites is also available.
Kan-Win: Korean-American Women in Need: Kan-Win provides counselling, advocacy and social services to victims of domestic or family violence who are of Korean or Korean-American heritage, including translation services and court accompaniment.
Military HomeFront Family Advocacy & Interpersonal Abuse: The goal of this site is to provide leaders with basic information about the Family Advocacy Program (FAP), child abuse, domestic abuse, FAP prevention programs such as the New Parent Support Program (NPSP), the Family Advocacy Command Assistance Team (FACAT), information on the latest policies and collaborative projects pertaining to child abuse and domestic abuse, and resources and links for further information on these subjects. The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) is a command support program with responsibility for addressing family violence – both domestic abuse and child abuse - in military families, through prevention efforts, early identification and intervention, support for victims, and treatment for abusers. FAP staff work with military command, military law enforcement personnel, medical staff, Family Center personnel and Chaplains, as well as civilian organizations and agencies, to provide a coordinated response to family maltreatment involving our service members.
National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence:T he National Center trains and collaborates with law enforcement, legal system agencies, advocacy organizations, social service agencies, the military and other community entities nationwide to strengthen their response to domestic and sexual violence.
National Center for Victims of Crime: Many links to crime-specific pages and large amounts of resource material on and for victims of crime, victim's rights advocacy and national and state laws/programs.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is dedicated to the empowerment of battered women and their children and to the elimination of personal and societal violence in the lives of women and their children. NCADV's work includes coalition building at the local , state, regional and national levels; public education and awareness activities; training and technical assistance; public policy development and monitoring; information and referral services. A wide variety of resources are available through this site.
National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence: NCCAFV provides public awareness and education materials, program and resource development consultation, and technical assistance and training in the United States and internationally.
National Domestic Violence Hotline Background information on this service, plus resources for professionals and domestic violence victims of all types.
National Family Court Watch Project: The National Family Court Watch Project is dedicated to providing an impartial assessment of the effectiveness of family courts in dealing with custody, visitation, support and property issues.
National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence: An excellent resource offering support, advocacy and information.
National Network to End Domestic Violence: The NNEDV is an advocacy organization of US state domestic violence coalitions and is a leading voice among domestic violence advocates in public policy, as well as providing support to local programs and coalitions through information, research, funding, and training.
National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center: A project of the CDC, this website is designed to be useful to scientists, practitioners, advocates,
grassroots organizations, and any other professional or lay person interested in
current topics related to violence against women and its prevention. Extensive statistical and research information is available.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Child Protection Division: The Child Protection Division administers projects, programs, and initiatives related to crimes against children and children’s exposure to violence. It provides leadership and funding in the areas of prevention, intervention, treatment, and enforcement. CPD promotes research and effective policies and procedures to address the problems of abused, neglected, missing, and exploited children and children who have been exposed to domestic or community violence.
Parental Abduction in Divorce: A collection of links and information from around the world on this crime
Preventing and Responding to Domestic & Sexual Violence in Later Life: This special collection brings together selected materials related to preventing and responding to elder abuse, specifically domestic and sexual violence. In doing so, it draws from the work of the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) and other organizations. The materials included in this special collection have been organized by their relevance to key stakeholders. Although particular effort was made to include materials related to addressing elder abuse in diverse groups of older people, very few materials in this special collection focus on elder abuse or DV/SV among older people from culturally diverse backgrounds. This limitation is due to significant gaps in current literature. This special collection was developed by the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA) in collaboration with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), and in close consultation with the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL).
Prevetion Connection - The Violence Against Women Prevention Partnership: A national project of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, its goal is to advance the primary prevention of violence against women by facilitating information sharing among people who are engaged in such efforts. To achieve this goal, Prevention Connection uses web conferences, a moderated email list hosted by Yahoo! Groups, and other forms of online media (such as podcasts and flash presentations).
Shaken Baby Syndrome Alliance: A large and complete site, including sections on frequently asked questions, conferences and events, prevention, signs and symptoms, crisis hotline, support and much more.
Social Service Administration Provides Assistance to Victims of Domestic Violence: A short page of instructions on the steps domestic violence victims can take to obtain a new Social Security number.
Stop Abuse for Everyone (SAFE): A site dedicated to stopping abuse against women, men, gays and lesbians. Very informative and non-judgmental.
Symptoms of Emotional Abuse: A well designed and informative page on emotional abuse and they cycle of abuse; how to recognize it in yourself and others. Many links of use and interest are also available.
Taking the Bully by the Horns - Bullies, Self-esteem and Violence: Information on children being bullied, advice for parents/teachers/adults and children. Note that several books are being promoted on this site; Victim Assistance Online has not reviewed these books. This link is supplied on the strength of the information provided on the website only.
Futures without Violence: A project of the Domestic Violence Prevention Fund, this site provides information on anti-violence projects, research and more.
U.S. Department of Justice Violence Against Women Office: A large number of links of interest to domestic violence agencies/support groups can be found here, including grant information and details of ongoing research and reports supported by this office.
Violence Against Women Online Resources: A powerful and extremely useful site, with information on education, events, funding resources, and a large online resource and research library.
Violence in the Lives of Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: A special collection at VAWNet, this material offers information regarding the experiences and needs of individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing and victims/survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence. The purpose of this collection is to: 1) increase knowledge and understanding of Deaf culture, 2) provide resources to assist helping professionals in direct service work with Deaf individuals, and 3) highlight best practices.
Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA): The Network is a non-profit, membership corporation composed of 21 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, offender services, and adult crisis intervention services. The purposes of the Network are to promote linkage and communication between the programs, facilitate information sharing, secure funding in a cooperative and non-competitive manner, and to expose the roots of violence against women and children in this culture.
Loved Ones Victim Services: Started as a support group to help one another with the grief and trauma associated with homicide, Loved Ones Victim Services expanded its outreach to provide specialized case management to children. LOVS addresses the cycle of violence in the Los Angeles area through intervention and prevention programs aimed at supporting the co-victims of violent crime.
Women's Justice Center: This organization provides advocacy for victims of rape, domestic violence, and child abuse, particularly in the Latina and other under served communities of Sonoma County; other services include training and community education. They have a very interesting set of recommendations on how you can Monitor, Uncover and Enter Evidence into the Case Yourself.
Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (ICASDV): ICASDV networks with individuals, programs, organizations, advocates and agencies dedicated to ending sexual assault and domestic violence.
Idaho Council on Domestic Violence: An excellent site with a wealth of information and links useful not only to survivors of domestic violence, but to victims of many other kinds of crime as well.
Deaf Women of Iowa Against Abuse: This organization provides services to deaf, hard-of-hearing and deaf-blind people and their families who experience domestic violence or sexual assault.
Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence: This coalition of Iowa's domestic violence agencies and private individuals is worked to stop the violence. Included on the page are Iowa's telephone hotline number, statistics for Iowa and links to other domestic violence and related pages.
Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV): KCSDV is a network of programs reaching across the state, helping to unify assistance on a state level and to end battering and sexual assault wherever it occurs.
After the Trauma (Maryland): This organization provides a wide variety of services to victims of domestic violence in this region.
Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (Jane Doe, Inc.): The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence brings together organizations and people committed to ending domestic violence and sexual assault. They advocate for responsive public policy, promotes collaboration, raises public awareness, and supports our member organizations to provide comprehensive prevention and intervention services.
Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV): MCADSV
is a statewide membership organization whose members represent a network of over 70 domestic and sexual violence programs and over 200 allied organizations and individuals.
Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV): MCADSV is a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations working together to end domestic and sexual violence through advocacy, public education, public policy, and program development. Their mission is to support and facilitate networking among our member organizations while advocating for social change in Montana.
Nebraska Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition (NDVSAC): NDVSAC is a statewide membership network of domestic violence/sexual assault programs, individuals and related organizations working to end violence in Nebraska. Their primary mission is to ensure adequate emergency services are available to the growing number of individuals reaching out to one of the state's 22 local domestic violence/sexual assault programs for information, shelter, support, and assistance. Their broader mission is to increase public awareness and understanding about these crimes by serving as a statewide resource and training center.
New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (NHCADSV): The Coalition supports its network by providing community education, coordination, training, resource sharing, and advocacy for public policy changes that affect victims of domestic and sexual violence.
North Dakota Council on Abused Women's Services / Coalition Against Sexual Assault in North Dakota (NDCAWS / CASAND): The mission of the NDCAWS/CASAND is to pursue and expose the causes of domestic violence and sexual violence, provide direct and immediate services to those who are victimized, and support those who provide such services.
Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (OCADVSA): Providing information, advocacy, state networking and public education.
Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (OCADSV): OCADSV is made up of programs across the state serving victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Their mission is to raise awareness about or regarding violence against all women and children and to work towards non-violence through leadership in advocacy, public policy, resource development, and social change.
Beginning Over Foundation: This organization offers education, advocacy, housing and support to victims of domestic violence in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Coalition against Domestic Violence: PCADV manages a statewide contract that provides financial support and technical assistance in program development and training to the network of service providers, offers consultation and technical expertise to state domestic coalitions, private and government agencies, and state and federal policy-makers; and provides information and resource materials to the media and general public, and also provides extensive training to law enforcement and criminal justice personnel, health care providers, religious leaders, drug and alcohol counselors, batterer intervention service providers, and other professionals who seek justice and safety for battered women. As well, PCADV advocates on behalf of battered women through the development and passage of legislation strengthening legal protections.
South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SDCADVCA): The South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault comprises people dealing with concerns of battered women and their children. They represent both rural and urban areas and their programs support and involve battered women of all racial, ethnic, religious and economic groups, ages and lifestyles.
Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (TCADSV): TCADSV is a nonprofit organization composed of diverse community leaders and program members who share a common vision of ending violence through public policy, advocacy, education, and activities which increase the capacity of programs and communities to address violence.
Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (VNADVSA): VNADVSA is a committed to eradicating domestic and sexual violence through advocacy, empowerment and social change.
BBC Women's Hour (podcast): What services should be made available to male survivors?: Official statistics reveal that rates of domestic violence against men are only slightly lower than those against women. But some front line workers dispute these figures, saying men who report themselves as victims of domestic violence often turn out to be primary perpetrators. Jenni discusses the issues with Damian Carnell from the Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum, and Mark Brooks from Mankind.
AMEN Ireland: AMEN is a voluntary group which provides a confidential helpline, information and a support service for male victims of domestic abuse and their children. Their site contains extensive information and links of assistance.
Domestic Violence - Another Perspective: Though mainly focused on men as victims of partner violence, this site is based on the concept that there is no excuse for domestic violence, no matter which partner is the perpetrator. Much of the information provided is gender-neutral. Included is background material on domestic violence, how to recognize when you are in an abusive relationship, steps to take in order to get out safely.
It Happens to Us Too!: Domestic Violence Integrated Response Project (DVIRP) Leicestershire information and support booklet.