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.
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If you are in danger, call 911
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).
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
International, founded in 1897 as B'nai B'rith women,
honors the concept of tikkun olam—repairing the
world-through education, advocacy and action.
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 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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Loved Ones of Sexual Abuse and Rape Survivors A
comprehensive site that offers information and tips.
(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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Web A Canadian resource site which defines stalking, abuse
and consent in terms of Canadian law.