For Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2016, we have compiled domestic violence resources for survivors, and for those who wish to become victim advocates.
Domestic Violence Resources
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which, according to the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, is a remembrance for those who have died because of domestic violence, a celebration of those who have survived, and is also a way to connect with those who work to end violence.
First observed in October of 1987, DVAM has resulted in several positive strides in protecting those who suffer from domestic violence. That same year, the first national domestic violence hotline was established. The Obama administration has also worked to establish legislation for families and individuals who are victims of domestic violence.
From President Obama’s Proclamation on NDVAM 2016:
My Administration is dedicated to ensuring that all people feel safe in all aspects of their lives, which is why I proposed significant funding for responding to domestic violence in my most recent budget proposal. We have also championed legislative action like the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, and the Affordable Care Act — which ensures that most health plans cover domestic violence screening and counseling services at no additional cost. And the Violence Against Women Act, which was reauthorized in 2013, has enhanced and expanded protections to Native Americans, immigrants, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, and victims who reside in public housing…
Despite the advancements made, domestic violence, dating violence and abuse still occurs in America every day. The need for resources that can help those who are abused physically, mentally or emotionally, is still prevalent.
In order to help, we have compiled resources that can help those that are suffering from domestic violence, as well as those who are interested in becoming advocates for domestic violence victims.
Resources for Victims that Need Immediate Help
The National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) Created in 1996, this 24-hour hotline is available 365 days a year to provide lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. Users can call, live chat and email the support staff to receive care.
NDVH’s website also helps the user to define the abuse they may be suffering, gives tools on how to define and create healthy relationships, and provides information on organizations, publications and videos that can help.
Call their toll-free number at 1-800-799-7233.
Love Is Respect The mission of this organization is to engage, educate, and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships. Another 24-hour service that is available 365 days a year, those seeking help work with peer advocates who offer support and information.
Launched in 2007 as a project of the NDVH, it was the first resource for teens who were experiencing dating violence. Users can download helpful resources on relationships, legal issues, safety planning, and definitions of different types of abuse.
The Love is Respect toll-free hotline is available at 1-866-331-9474. Text “LoveIs” to 22522. Online chat: LoveIsRespect.org
Safe Horizon This 24-hour hotline is a victim assistance organization whose mission is to provide support, prevent violence, and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.
This organization works with those suffering from domestic violence, child abuse, rape and sexual assault, youth homelessness and human trafficking. Each section of the site features signs of abuse to help victims identify their issues, survivor stories, and access to Safe Horizon programs and services that can help.
Reach them at 800-621-HOPE (4673). (Available in English/Spanish)
Educational Resources for Victims and Victim Advocates
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) This organization, established in 1993 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, seeks to end domestic violence by improving community response to violence through policy, training, and research.
The NRCDV website gives those interested in becoming advocates for domestic violence victims access to training, both in-person and online. Some of the topics covered are:
- Advocating for victims in contact with an abusive partner or ex-partner
- Conflict resolution within domestic violence shelter programs
- Reducing rules in shelter
- Enhanced services to children and youth exposed to domestic violence
- Policy advocacy approaches
The site also features a webinar schedule, where users can participate in online workshops. Publications and newsletters are archived for easy reference, as well.
The organization also created a comprehensive guide for practitioners called the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Relationship Violence Toolkit. Designed for youth in crisis, this guide provides tools necessary to serve youth dealing with two difficult sets of circumstances: a lack of stable housing, and those experiencing violence in their relationships.
For information on in-person trainings, call 1-800-537-2238 or email at nrcdvTA@nrcdv.org.
National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) Resources The NDVH has a large amount of downloadable materials that can help educate both survivors and victim advocates on safety plans, current legislation on domestic violence, law enforcement, and statistics.
One such resource are is the “Power and Control Wheel,” developed by the Domestic Violence Intervention Project.
The wheel is to help illustrate the pattern of abusive and violent behaviors. Often, violence is preceded by one or more of the behaviors listed. This is meant to help survivors and advocates to recognize the warning signals.
Available for download here.
Get the Facts from Futures without Violence Get key statistics on domestic, dating and relationship violence from Futures without Violence. This page also features educational graphics for social media and fact sheets organized by topic, which include:
- Violence against women
- Children and youth
- Policy and advocacy
Domestic Violence Resource Network (DVRN) This network, also funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, is a division of the Family & Youth Services Bureau.
According to their website, “DVRN member organizations ensure that victims of domestic violence, advocates, community‐based programs, educators, legal assistance providers, law enforcement and court personnel, health care providers, policy makers, and government leaders at the local, state, tribal and federal levels have access to up‐to-date information on best practices, policies, research, and victim resources.”
The National Runaway Safeline is committed to helping keep youth safe and off the street and prevent youth from experiencing violence. We honor those who have been suffered from domestic violence by helping prevent more such acts in the future.
If you are need of help, please contact one of the organizations listed above, speak with us at 1-800-RUNAWAY, use our live chat function, or send an email through our site, 1800RUNAWAY.org.