Abuse & Violence Support Groups and Organizations

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This list is not comprehensive but presents some of the major national violence against women resources and national organizations addressing violence against women.

If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. 

American Bar Association
Commission on Domestic Violence 
phone: 202.662.1737/1744
fax: 202.662.1594 
The members of the Commission help resolve problems in family law, criminal law, victims' and individuals' rights, judicial administration, tort and civil rights litigation, and immigration law. Representatives of other professional organizations serve on the Commission to help develop a national domestic violence agenda as well as to enhance existing policies and solutions in the constantly changing fields of state and federal domestic violence law. 

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
409 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20024-2188
phone: 202.638.5577
ACOG is the nation's leading group of professional providing health care for women. ACOG is dedicated to the advancement of women's health through education, advocacy, practice, and research.

American Institute on Domestic Violence
2116 Rover Drive
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
phone: 928.453.9015
fax: 775.522.9120
The American Institute on Domestic Violence offers on-site workshops and conference presentations addressing the corporate cost of domestic violence in the workplace. 

Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence
942 Market Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
phone: 425-954-9964
fax: 415-954-9999 
The Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence is a national network that works to raise awareness in Asian & Pacific Islander communities about domestic violence; expand leadership and expertise within Asian & Pacific Islander communities about prevention, intervention, advocacy and research; and promote culturally relevant programming, research, and advocacy by identifying promising practices. 

Battered Women's Justice Project 
phone: 800-903-0111
fax: 218-722-0779
email: bwjp@aol.com 
The Battered Women's Justice Project consists of three sections, criminal justice, civil justice and the defense of battered women charged with crimes. 

Center for the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence
2400 45th Street, Suite 10
Seattle, WA 98103
phone: 206.634.1903
fax: 206.634.0115
The Center for the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence is an interreligious educational resource addressing issues of sexual and domestic violence. Their goal is to engage religious leaders in the task of ending abuse, and to prepare human services professionals to recognize and attend to the religious questions and issues that may arise in their work with women and children in crisis.

Communities Against Violence Network
Communities Against Violence Network (CAVNET) provides an interactive online database of information; an international network of professionals; and real-time voice conferencing with professionals and survivors, from all over the world, using the Internet. CAVNET seeks to address violence against women, youth violence, and crimes against people with disabilities 

Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence
2416 E. Washington Street, Suite E Bloomington, IL 61704-4472 
phone: 309.664.0667 
fax: 309.664.0747 
The Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence (CAEPV) is a national non-profit alliance of corporations and businesses throughout the U.S. and Canada, united to educate and aid in the prevention of partner violence. CAEPV provides technical assistance and materials to help corporations and businesses address domestic violence in their workplaces.

The Family Violence Prevention Fund
383 Rhode Island Street, Suite 304
San Francisco, CA 94103-5133
phone: 415.252.8900
fax: 415.252.8991
The Family Violence Prevention Fund is a national non-profit organization most noted for it's national public education campaign 'There's No Excuse for Domestic Violence.' The Fund also has a National Health Initiative on Domestic Violence that works to train health care providers throughout the nation to recognize signs of abuse and to intervene effectively to help battered women. Hallmarks of this initiative include: the Ten-State Pilot Health Care Response to Domestic Violence program working to develop and implement state wide plans for a comprehensive health care system response to domestic violence; and the FVPF's Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, which acts as the nation's clearinghouse for information on the health care response to domestic violence. Other projects include the Judicial Education Project, the Child Welfare Project, the National Workplace Resource Center on Domestic Violence, and the Battered Immigrant Women's Rights Project. Their Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence Provides resource and training material, technical assistance, information and referrals, and models for local, state and national health policymakers to support those interested in developing a comprehensive health care response. 

The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community
University of Minnesota/School of Social Work
290 Peters Hall
1404 Gortner Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108-6142
phone: 877.643.8222
fax: 612.624.9201
The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community seeks to create a community of African American scholars and practitioners working in the area of violence in the African American community, further scholarship in the area of African American violence, raise community consciousness of the impact of violence in the African American community, inform public policy, organize and facilitate local and national conferences and training forums, and to identify community needs and recommend best practices.


Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse
School of Social Work, University of Minnesota 105 Peters Hall, 1404 Gortner Avenue St. Paul, Minnesota 55108-6142
phone: 612.624.0721 
fax: 612.625.4288 
The Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA) is an electronic clearinghouse located in the School of Social Work of the University of Minnesota with educational resources about all types of violence, including higher education syllabi, published research, funding sources, upcoming training events, individuals or organizations which serve as resources, and searchable databases with over 700 training manuals, videos and other education resources. MINCAVA is also part of a is a cooperative project - the Violence Against Women Online Resources - between the Center and the United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Violence Against Women Office. This Website provides law, criminal justice, and social service professionals with current information on interventions to stop violence against women.

National Alliance of Sexual Assault Coalitions
c/o Connecticut Crisis Sexual Assault Services, Inc.
96 Pitkin Street
East Hartford, CT 06108
phone: 860.282.9881
fax: 860.291.9335
The National Alliance of Sexual Assault Coalitions (NASA) is a membership organization of state sexual assault coalitions that provides national legislative and policy advocacy.

National Center for Victims of Crime
2000 M Street NW, Suite 480
Washington, DC 20036
phone: 202.467.8700 fax: 202.467.8701
Although not violence against women exclusive, the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) is a national non-profit organization that provides public policy advocacy; training and technical assistance to victim service organizations, counselors, attorneys, criminal justice agencies, and allied professionals; operates a toll-free hotline for crime victims; and a virtual library containing publications, current statistics with references, a list of recommended readings, and bibliographies.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
P.O. Box 18749 Denver, CO 80218
phone: 303.839.1852
fax: 303.831.9251
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is a membership organization of domestic violence coalitions and service programs. NCADV provides training, technical assistance, legislative and policy advocacy, promotional and educational materials and products on domestic violence; coordinates a national collaborative effort to assist battered women in removing the physical scars of abuse; and works to raise awareness about domestic violence.

National Domestic Violence Hotline 
PO Box 161810
Austin, TX 78716
phone hotline: 1.800.779.SAFE (7233) 
administrative: 512.453.8117 
fax: 512.453.8541 
The National Domestic Violence Hotline connects individuals to help in their area using a nationwide database that includes detailed information on domestic violence shelters, other emergency shelters, legal advocacy and assistance programs, and social service programs. Help is available in English or Spanish, 24 hours a day, seven days each week. Interpreters are available to translate an additional 139 languages. 

National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence
P.O. Box 322086 Ft. Washington Station New York, NY 10032
phone: 646-672-1404 or 1-800-342-9908 fax: 1-800-216-2404 
The National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence (the Alianza) is a group of nationally recognized Latina and Latino advocates, community activists, practitioners, researchers, and survivors of domestic violence working together to promote understanding, sustain dialogue, and generate solutions to move toward the elimination of domestic violence affecting Latino communities, with an understanding of the sacredness of all relations and communities. Support from ACF/DHHS has allowed the Alianza to establish El Centro: National Latino Research Center on Domestic Violence and the Alianza Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Division.

National Network on Behalf of Battered Immigrant Women
The National Network on Behalf of Battered Immigrant Women was co-founded in 1994 by the Family Violence Prevention Fund, AYUDA, NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild to nationally coordinate advocacy efforts aimed at removing the barriers battered immigrant and children face when they attempt to leave abusive relationships. Each organization provides leadership in their area of expertise.

National Network to End Domestic Violence
660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Suite 303
Washington, DC 20003
phone: 202.543.5566
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is a membership and advocacy organization of state domestic violence coalitions. NNEDV provides legislative and policy advocacy on behalf of the state domestic violence coalitions and, through the National Network to End Domestic Violence Fund, provides training, technical assistance and funds to domestic violence advocates.

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
6400 Flank Drive, Suite 1300
Harrisburg, PA 17112-2778
phone: 800-537-2238 
tty: 800-553-2508 
fax: 717-545-9456 
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRC) provides comprehensive information and resources, policy development and technical assistance designed to enhance community response to and prevention of domestic violence. There are 40 NRC publications, as well as NRC project descriptions and project publication lists available via VAWnet. These NRC projects include the Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence Initiative, the Public Education Technical Assistance Project, and VAWnet.

National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
7800 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite 120-N
Austin, TX 78757
phone: 512.407.9020
fax: 512.407.9022
The National Training Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence develops and provides innovative training and consultation, influences policy, and promotes collaboration and diversity in working to end domestic and sexual violence. NTCDV has a staff of nationally known trainers and sponsors national and regional conferences. 

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
hotline: 800.656.HOPE
RAINN is the country's only national rape hotline. RAINN works as a call-routing system. When an individual calls RAINN a computer reads the area code and first three digits of their phone number and routes the call to the nearest member rape crisis center. 

Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody 
PO Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507
phone: 800.52.PEACE (527-3223) 
fax: 775.784.6160
Provides information, materials consultation, and technical assistance related to child protection and custody within the context of domestic violence.

Sacred Circle: Native Resource Center to End Violence Against Native Women PO Box 638
Kyle, SD 57752
phone: 877.733.7623 (red-road) 
fax: 605.341.2472 
email: scircle@sacred-circle.com 
Provides technical assistance, policy development, training institutes, and resource information regarding domestic violence and sexual assault to develop coordinated agency responses in American Indian/ Alaska Native tribal communities.

The Stalking Resource Center
c/o National Center for Victims of Crime
2000 M Street NW, Suite 480
Washington, DC 20036
phone: 202.467.8700 fax: 202.467.8701
The Stalking Resource Center is a project of the National Center for Victims of Crime, funded through the Violence Against Women Office, U.S. Department of Justice. The Stalking Resource Center has established a clearinghouse of information and resources to inform and support local, multi disciplinary stalking response programs nationwide; developed a national peer-to-peer exchange program to provide targeted, on-site problem-solving assistance to VAWO Arrest grantee jurisdictions; and organized a nationwide network of local practitioners representing VAWO grantee jurisdictions to support their multi disciplinary approaches to stalking.



CDC Resources

Preventing intimate partner violence requires the support and contribution of a variety of partners. 

National Sexual Violence Resource Center 
A clearinghouse of information, resources, and research, related to all aspects of sexual violence. Activities include collecting, reviewing, cataloging, and disseminating information related to sexual violence; coordinating efforts with other organizations and projects; providing technical assistance and customized information packets on specific topics; and maintaining a website with current information including upcoming conferences, funding opportunities, job announcements, research, special events, links to state and territory coalitions, and other resources. The NSVRC also produces a biannual newsletter, The Resource; recommends speakers for conferences; coordinates national sexual assault awareness activities; and identifies emerging policy issues and research needs. The NSVRC serves coalitions, local rape crisis centers, government and tribal entities, colleges and universities, service providers, researchers, allied organizations, policy-makers, and the general public. 

Violence Against Women Electronic Network (VAWnet)
Provides support for the development, implementation, and maintenance of effective violence against women intervention and prevention efforts at the national, state, and local levels through electronic communication and information dissemination. VAWnet participants, including state domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions, allied organizations, and individuals, have access to online database resources. Network members are able to engage in information sharing, problem-solving, and issue analysis via electronic mail and a series of issue-specific forums facilitated by nationally recognized experts in the field of violence against women. VAWnet also operates an extensive searchable electronic library available to the general public, providing links to external sources; an 'In the News' section; and access to articles and audio and video resources focused on intimate partner and sexual violence and related issues. 


Federal Agencies

Department of Health and Human Services 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Division of Violence Prevention
4770 Buford Highway, NE MS K-60
Atlanta, GA 30341
Fax: 770-488-4349
E-mail: dvpinfo@cdc.gov  
The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) guides national efforts to reduce the incidence, severity, and adverse outcomes of intentional and unintentional injuries in the United States. As the lead federal agency for injury prevention, NCIPC works closely with other federal agencies and national, state, and local organizations to reduce injury, disability, and premature death. NCIPC's priority areas for violence prevention are: child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, suicide and youth violence. Project and activities focus on primary prevention of violence through a public health approach. 

Department of Health and Human Services 
The Office on Women's Health 
National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC)
Office on Women's Health 
Department of Health and Human Services 
200 Independence Avenue, SW 
Room 730B Washington, DC 20201 
Phone: 202-690-7650 
Fax: 202-205-2631
The National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC) is the Office on Women's Health's clearinghouse for women's health information. The NWHIC provides a gateway to the vast array of Federal and other women's health information resources. This site provides links to a wide variety of women's health-related material developed by the Department of Health and Human Services, other Federal agencies, and private sector resources. 

U. S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime
Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center 
National Criminal Justice Reference Service 
P.O. Box 6000 
Rockville, MD 20849-6000 
(TTY 1-877-712-9279) 
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) was established by the 1984 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) to oversee diverse programs that benefit victims of crime. OVC provides substantial funding to state victim assistance and compensation programs - the lifeline services that help victims to heal. The agency supports trainings designed to educate criminal justice and allied professionals regarding the rights and needs of crime victims. OVC also sponsors an annual event in April to commemorate National Crime Victims Rights Week (NCVRW). 

U.S. Department of Justice
Violence Against Women Office 

810 7th Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20531 
Phone (202) 307-6026 
Fax (202) 307-3911 
TTY (202) 307-2277 
The Violence Against Women Office works with victim advocates and law enforcement in developing grant programs that support a wide range of services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, including: advocacy, emergency shelter, law enforcement protection, and legal aid. Additionally the Violence Against Women Office is leading efforts nationally and abroad to intervene in and prosecute crimes of trafficking in women and children and is addressing domestic violence issues in international fora.