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National Organizations and Clearinghouses on Violence Against Women

American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence
740 15th Street, NW, 9th Floor
Washington, DC, 20005-1022
Phone: 202-662-1744
Website: http://www.abanet.org/domviol/home.html
The American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence website provides information about a wide-range of domestic violence issues and extensive links to other resources and organizations. The website includes listings of ABA policies, training materials, legal briefs, and sample legal forms relevant to domestic violence issues and proceedings.


Asian Task Force against Domestic Violence
P.O. Box 120108, Boston, MA 02112
24-hour multilingual helpline: 617.338.2355 / Tel: 617.338.2350

Fax: 617.338.2354
Website: http://www.atask.org
Based in Boston, the mission of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence is to eliminate family violence and to strengthen Asian families and communities. Many of their brochures are available in Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, and Vietnamese.



AYUDA, Inc.
2755 Hartland Road, Suite 100
Falls Church, VA 22043
Tel: (703) 444-7009
Website: http://www.ayuda.com
Ayuda's mission is to protect the rights of low-income immigrants in the DC metropolitan area. We are the region's leading provider of multilingual legal and social services for low-income immigrants in the areas of immigration, human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault.



Break the Cycle
Los Angeles Office
5777W. Century Blvd., Suite 1150
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Tel: (310) 286-3383
Fax: (310)-286-3386

Washington DC Office
P.O. Box 21034
Washington, D.C. 20009
(T): 202-824-0707
(F): 202-824-0747

Website: www.breakthecycle.org
With offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., Break the Cycle is a national nonprofit organization that engages, educates, and empowers youth to build lives and communities free from dating and domestic violence. Break the Cycle provides youth with preventive education, free legal services and information and peer leadership opportunities. Founded in 1996, Break the Cycle serves as a national resource and advocate on the issue of teen dating violence. Through innovative partnerships with schools, universities, social service providers, law enforcement, community groups, law firms, and corporations, Break the Cycle provides youth with tools to break the cycle of dating and domestic violence.


BWJP Criminal Justice Office
The Criminal and Civil Justice Center
1801 Nicollet Ave South, Suite 102
Minneapolis, MN 55403   
Email: technicalassistance@bwjp.org
Phone: (800) 903-0111, ext. 1  (toll free)
Phone: (612) 824-8768 Fax: (612) 824-8965
Website: www.bwjp.org
The BWJP Criminal and Civil Justice Office focuses on how effective intervention requires inter-agency coordination and policy development that guides individual practitioners in the use of arrest, prosecution, sentencing, victim safeguards, and batterers' intervention programs. The office also handles information on advocacy for victims of domestic violence by military personnel. The office focuses on civil justice issues by providing important leadership aimed at enhancing justice for battered women and their children in the civil legal arena by improving battered women's access to civil justice options and quality legal representation in civil court processes.


BWJP Defense Office (The National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women)
125 S. 9th Street
Suite 302
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (800) 903-0111, ext. 3  (toll free)
Phone: (215) 351-0010
Fax: (215) 351-0779
Through the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, the BWJP Defense Office is a resource and advocacy center for battered women charged with crimes related to their battering. This organization accepts collect calls from women in jail or prison.



A Call to Men
342 Broadway, Suite 163
New York, New York
10013-3910
Phone: (719) 922-6738
Email: info@acalltomen.org
Website: www.acalltomen.org
A Call to Men is a leading national violence prevention organization providing training and education for men, boys and communities. Their aim is to shift social norms that negatively impact culture and promote a more healthy and respectful definition of manhood, and believe that preventing domestic and sexual violence is primarily the responsibility of men.


Captive Daughters
P.O. Box 34682 Los Angeles, CA 90034
Email: mail@captivedaughters.org
Website: www.captivedaughters.org
Captive Daughters exists to mobilize the global will to end the sex trafficking of women and children through public education and creative media. Captive Daughters’ goal is to educate the public about sex trafficking which affects over 1,100,000 humans each year and in almost every country. We invite you to learn more about trafficking, what we're doing to help strengthen the anti-trafficking movement and to help in ultimately ending this assault on the basic human rights of women & children. The website now serves as a standing library, with occasional additions.


Center for Women Policy Studies
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Suite 450
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 872-1770
Fax: (202) 296-8962
Email: cwps@centerwomenpolicy.org
Website: www.centerwomenpolicy.org
The Center for Women Policy Studies was founded in 1972 as the nation’s first feminist policy analysis, research and advocacy institution. Their mission today is what it was then—to shape public policy to improve women’s lives.


Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation
3304 N. Lincoln Ave, Suite 202, Chicago, IL 60657
p: 773-244-2230
website: www.caase.org
email: info@caase.org
CAASE believes it is possible to stop sexual exploitation by directly addressing the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or tacitly support sexually exploitive acts against people. To accomplish our mission, CAASE: seeks legal repercussions on behalf of survivors against perpetrators of sexual harm; advocates for policies and legislation that hold sexual exploiters accountable; creates and implements prevention initiatives; and develops resources that empower individuals and communities to stand with victims of sexual harm and take powerful actions against sexual exploiters.


Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
Norma Ramos, Esq. Executive Director
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-International
PO Box 7427, JAF Station
New York NY 10116 fax: 212-643-9896
Email: info@catwinternational.org
Website: http://www.catwinternational.org
A global feminist organization dedicated to ending all forms of sexual violence and sexual exploitation. This website contains information about, and links to, organizations throughout the world that are working against violence against women. CATW has offices in Africa (Mali), Asia (Phillipines), Australia, Europe (France, Norway), and Latin America (Mexico, Chile).



Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence
2416 East Washington Street, Suite E
Bloomington, IL 61704
Tel: (309) 664-0667
Fax: (309) 664-0747
Email: caepv@caepv.org
Website: www.caepv.org
The Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the costs and consequences of partner violence at work–and eliminating it altogether. From policies and programs to legal issues and legislation, CAEPV is a source for information, materials and advice.



Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women
145 N Street, NE, Suite 10W.121
Washington, DC 20530
phone: (202) 307-6026 phone
TTY: (202) 307-3911
Website: http://www.usdoj.gov/ovw
The mission of the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is to provide federal leadership to reduce violence against women, and to administer justice for and strengthen services to all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This is accomplished by developing and supporting the capacity of state, local, tribal, and non-profit entities involved in responding to violence against women.



Equality Now
P.O. Box 20646
Columbus Circle Station
New York, NY 10023

Phone: (212) 586-0906
Fax: (212) 586-1611
Website: http://www.equalitynow.org
Email: info@equalitynow.org
Equality Now is an international feminist organization with offices in New York City, London, and Nairobi. Equality Now works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world through the mobilization of public pressure. Issues of urgent concern to Equality Now include rape, domestic violence, reproductive rights, trafficking of women, female genital mutilation, and equal access to economic opportunity and political participation.



FaithTrust Institute
2900 Eastlake Ave. E., Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98102
Tel: (206) 634-1903 ext. 10
Fax: (206) 634-0115
Email: info@faithtrustinstitute.org
Web site: http://www.faithtrustinstitute.org
FaithTrust Institute, formerly the Center for Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence, is a national, multifaith organization multicultural training and education organization with global reach working to end sexual and domestic violence. FaithTrust Institute offers a wide range of services and resources, including training, consultation and educational materials, to provide communities and advocates with the tools and knowledge they need to address religious and cultural issues related to abuse.


Futures Without Violence
100 Montgomery Street, The Presidio
San Francisco, CA 94129 Tel: (415) 678-5500
Fax: (415) 529-2930
Email: info@futureswithoutviolence.org

Washington, DC Office
1630 Connecticut Ave, NW
5th Floor, Suite 501
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 595-7382
Fax: (202) 299-1292

Boston, MA Office
281 Summer Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 702-2004
Fax: (617) 426-0748 Email: info@futureswithoutviolence.org
Web site: www.futureswithoutviolence.org
Futures Without Violence (formerly The Family Violence Prevention Fund) works out of offices in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Boston, to prevent violence within the home, and in the community, to help those whose lives are devastated by violence because everyone has the right to live free of violence.



Generation FIVE
P.O. Box 1715
Oakland, CA 94604
Phone: (510) 251-8552
Fax: (510) 251-8566
Email: info@generationfive.org
Website: www.generationfive.org
The mission of Generation FIVE is to end the sexual abuse of children within five generations. Generation FIVE works to interrupt and mend the intergenerational impact of child sexual abuse on individuals, families, and communities.Through survivor and bystander leadership development, community prevention and intervention, public action, and cross-movement building, generationFIVE works to interrupt and mend the intergenerational impact of child sexual abuse on individuals, families, and communities.GenerationFIVE integrates child sexual abuse prevention into social movements and community organizing targeting family violence, racial and economic oppression, and gender, age-based and cultural discrimination, rather than continuing to perpetuate the isolation of the issue.


GEMS: Girls Educational and Mentoring Services
New York
Phone: 212-926-8089
Website: www.gems-girls.org
Girls Educational and Mentoring Services’ (GEMS) mission is to empower girls and young women, ages 12-24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential. GEMS is committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth.


Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault
100 North 16th Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: (217) 753-4117
Fax: (217) 753-8229
email: sblack@icasa.org
website: www.icasa.org
The purpose of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault is two-fold: to end sexual assault violence and to alleviate the suffering of sexual assault victims. To accomplish these goals, ICASA advocates for public policy that prevents sexual violence and guarantees sensitivity to victims. ICASA uses the power of public education to change societal attitudes about the causes and consequences of sexual violence. ICASA assists with healing from the trauma of sexual violence through creation and support of community programs that provide advocacy, counseling and education. ICASA has extensive experience creating and supporting the passage of legislation to assist in the fight against sexual assault. The ICASA website is an excellent resource for information about sexual assault resources in every state in the US. and maintains an excellent set of links to sexual assault coalitions in every state.


Men Can Stop Rape
1003 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 265-6530
Fax: (202) 265-4362
Email: info@mencanstoprape.org
Website: www.mencanstoprape.org
Men Can Stop Rape mobilizes male youth to prevent men’s violence against women. Their mission is to build young men’s capacity to challenge harmful aspects of traditional masculinity, to value alternative visions of male strength and to embrace their vital role as allies with women and girls in fostering healthy relationships and gender equality
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Miles Foundation
P.O. Box 423
Newtown, CT 06470-0423
Tel: (203) 270-7861
email: Milesfdn@aol.com
Website: http://www.vva.org/Committees/WomenVeterans/MilesFoundationSAMM.htm
The Miles Foundation is a private, non-profit organization providing comprehensive services to victims of violence associated with the military: furnishing professional education and training to civilian community-based service providers and military personnel; conducting research; serving as a resource center for policymakers, advocates, journalists, scholars, researchers and students; and serving to ensure that public policy is well-informed and constructive. The Foundation is responsible for the development of a coalition of organizations throughout the country and abroad fostering administrative and legislative initiatives to improve the military response. The Foundation and its partners drafted Improving the US Armed Forces Response to Violence Against Women: Recommendations for Change (copies of this document can be requested by contacting the Foundation via email or phone).
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National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life
307 S. Paterson Street, Suite 1
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 255-0539
Fax: (608) 255-3560
The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life is a project of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence working to improve victim safety, community response, and abuser accountability for the elderly population.


National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
One Broadway, Suite B210
Denver, CO 80203
Tel: (303) 839-1852
Fax: (303) 831-9251
Email: mainoffice@ncadv.org
website: www.ncadv.org

The NCADV is the oldest national organization representing grassroots organizations and individuals working to assist and empower battered women and their children. It serves as a national information and referral center for the general public, the media, battered women and children, agencies and organizations. They offer shelters and support services for battered women and their children.


National Domestic Violence Hotline
Hotline: 800 799-7233
Website: www.ndvh.org

A project of the Texas Council on Family Violence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is open year-round. Trained staff provide counseling and referral services to all, free of charge. The staff speaks English and Spanish, and translators are available for 129 other languages. They offer crisis intervention, referrals to domestic violence and other emergency shelters and programs, information and support, and can link callers to a nationwide database on domestic violence. They advise on shelters, advocacy and assistance, and social services programs.


National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women
(A project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence)
3605 Vartan Way, Suite 101
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Tel: (800) 537-2238 ext.5
TTY: (800) 553-2508
Fax: (717) 545-9456
Website: www.vawnet.org
The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (VAWnet) is a comprehensive online resource for advocates working to end domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violence in the lives of women and their children.



National Sexual Violence Resource Center
(A project of Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape)
123 North Enola Drive, Enola PA 17025
Toll Free: 877-739-3895 Phone: 717-909-0710
FAX: 717-909-0714 TTY: 717-909-0715
Email: resources@nsvrc.org
website: www.nsvrc.org
The NSVRC serves as the nation’s principle information and resource center regarding all aspects of sexual violence. It provides national leadership, consultation and technical assistance by generating and facilitating the development and flow of information on sexual violence intervention and prevention strategies. The NSVRC works to address the causes and impact of sexual violence through collaboration, prevention efforts and the distribution of resources.



One in Four, Inc.
10 Shirlawn Drive
Short Hills, NJ 07078 Phone: (860) 439-2828
Email: president@oneinfour.org
Website: www.oneinfourusa.org

One in Four, Inc. (formerly NO MORE National Organization of Men's Outreach for Rape Education) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to prevent rape by the thoughtful application of theory and research to rape prevention programming. One In Four, Inc. provides presentations, training, and technical assistance to men and women, with a focus on all-male programming targeted toward colleges, high schools, the military, and local community organizations. We also serve as an umbrella organization and support system for all-male sexual assault peer education groups who call themselves "One in Four." We distribute educational videos to organizations nationwide. In addition, we sponsor the "One in Four" national tour, whereby professional peer-educators travel nationwide to present rape prevention programs to boys and men.


Pace Women's Justice Center
Pace Law School
78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603
Phone: (914) 422-4069
Fax: (914) 422-4102
Helpline: (914) 287-0739
Website: http://www.law.pace.edu/wjc
The Pace Women's Justice Center is a training, resource and direct legal services center comprised of Pace law students and faculty, attorneys, and advocates dedicated to eradicating domestic violence and furthering the legal rights of women through skillful and innovative use of the law. The Center's goal is to give those who support battered women, the elderly, women with low income, and victims of sexual assault the legal tools they need to stop violence against women, seek economic justice, protect families and save lives. The Center also publishes a newsletter on the legal system and domestic violence.


Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
3605 Vartan Way Suite 101
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: 800-932-4632
Phone: 717-545-6400
TTY: 1-800-553-2508
FAX: 717-671-8149

Legal Office
3605 Vartan Way, Suite 101
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Toll Free: 888-235-3425 (888-23-LEGAL)
TTY: 1-800-553-2508
FAX: 717-671-5542
Website: www.pcadv.org
PCADV, a private non-profit organization, is proud to have been the first state domestic violence coalition in the country. At the national level, PCADV operates:

  • National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
  • National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (VAWnet)
  • Women of Color Network (WOCN)
  • The Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP)


    Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
    125 N. Enola Drive
    Enola, PA 17025
    Tel: (800) 692-7445 TTY: (877) 585-1091
    24-hour information and referral: 1-888-772-PCAR (7227)
    Website: http://www.pcar.org
    E-mail: stop@pcar.org
    The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) is an organization working at the state and national levels to prevent sexual violence. Incepted in 1975, PCAR continues to use its voice to challenge public attitudes, raise public awareness, and effect critical changes in public policy, protocols, and responses to sexual violence. To provide quality services to victims/survivors of sexual violence and their significant others, PCAR works in concert with its statewide network of 52 rape crisis centers. The centers also work to create public awareness and prevention education within their communities. In addition to providing technical assistance in a variety of areas, PCAR also oversees the rape crisis centers' contracts, monitors relevant legislation and public policy issues, provides library resources and educational trainings, and creates public awareness campaigns.


    Polaris Project
    P.O. Box 53315
    Washington, D.C. 2009
    Tel: 202-745-1001
    fax: 202-745-1119
    Hotline: 888-373-3888
    website: www.polarisproject.org
    email: info@polarisproject.org
    Named after the North Star that guided slaves towards freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project has been providing a comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery since 2002. Polaris Project is a leading organization in the United States combating all forms of human trafficking and serving both U.S. citizens and foreign national victims, including men, women, and children


    Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
    1220 L Street, NW, Suite 505
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    Phone: (202) 544-3556
    Hotline: (800) 656-HOPE
    Fax: (202) 544-3536
    Email: info@rainn.org
    Website: http://www.rainn.org
    Provides information on resources throughout the country, for survivors of rape, abuse and incest. Runs a 24 hour, 7 day a week hotline.



    Safe Horizon
    2 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor
    New York, NY 10007
    Phone: 212.577.7700
    Fax: 212.577.3897
    Website: www.safehorizon.org
    Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-621-4673
    Email: help@safehorizon.org
    Based in New York City, Safe Horizon is the largest provider of domestic violence services in the country. Collaborating with the criminal justice system, Safe Horizon offers innovative programs that provide women with support throughout the complex process of leaving violent relationships and building safe futures. For survivors of domestic violence, stalking, rape, and sexual assault, Safe Horizon offers services that help them and their children move toward safe and independent violence-free lives.


    SAFER: Students Active For Ending Rape
    32 Broadway, Suite 1101, New York, NY 10004
    Phone: (347) 456-7233
    website: www.safercampus.org
    SAFER provides organizing training and support to college and university students so that they can win improvements to their schools’ sexual assault prevention and response activities. By offering students the necessary support and resources, confidence-building and leadership training, SAFER empowers student activists to rally the community and push school administrations to take action.



    SAGE (Standing Against Global Exploitation)
    The SAGE Project, Inc.
    68 12th Street, 2nd Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    Phone: (415) 905 5050
    Fax: 415-554-1914
    Website: www.sagesf.org
    The Standing Against Global Exploitation Project—or the SAGE Project—is a nonprofit organization with one primary aim: bringing an end to the commercial sexual exploitation of children and adults (CSE/CSEC). We at SAGE contribute to that goal by raising awareness about CSE/CSEC issues, and by providing outreach and services to CSE/CSEC survivors. SAGE services are non-judgmental and holistic, assisting prostitutes and sex workers in an organized, professional and compassionate manner that doesn't further traumatize the persons seeking assistance.



    Sanctuary For Families
    Manhattan Office
    P.O. Box 1406
    Wall Street Station
    New York, NY 10268-1406

    Bronx Office
    Bronx Family Justice Center
    NYC Family Justice Center-Bronx
    198 East 161st Street, 2nd Floor
    Bronx, NY 10451
    Attn: Sanctuary for Families

    Brooklyn Office
    Brooklyn Family Justice Center
    350 Jay Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
    Attn: Sanctuary for Families

    Queens Office
    Queens Family Justice Center
    126-02 82nd Avenue
    Kew Gardens, NY 11415-1225
    Attn: Sanctuary for Families

    Tel: (212) 349-6009
    Fax: (212) 349–6810
    Website: http://www.sanctuaryforfamilies.org
    Sanctuary is a nationally recognized domestic violence agency which provides a range of culturally sensitive and integrated services. Sanctuary provides crisis intervention, emergency and transitional housing, individual and group counseling, job readiness and mentoring programs. Through its legal center, they offer legal advice and direct representation, mentor volunteer attorneys and advocate legal reform.


    Stop Porn Culture
    website: www.stoppornculture.org
    email: info@stoppornculture.org
    StopPornCulture! is dedicated to challenging the pornography industry and an increasingly pornographic pop culture. Our work toward ending industries of sexual exploitation is grounded in a feminist analysis of sexist, racist, and economic oppression. We affirm sexuality that is rooted in equality and free of exploitation, coercion, and violence.


    UNWOMEN
    United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
    405 East 42nd Street New York, NY 10017
    United States
    Tel: (646) 781-4400
    Fax: (646) 781-4444
    E-mail: unifem@undp.org
    Website: www.unwomen.org

    UNWOMEN is the the result of the merging of four separate women’s divisions that previously existed within the UN (UNIFEM, DAW, INSTRAW, and OSAGI). The main roles of UN Women are: to support intergovernmental bodies in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms; to help Member States to implement these standards; and to hold the UN system accountable for its own commitments on gender equality, including regular monitoring of system-wide progress.



    Victim Rights Law Center
    VRLC, Boston Office
    115 Broad Street, 3rd Floor
    Boston, MA 02110
    Phone: (617) 399-6720
    Fax: (617) 399-6722

    VRLC, Portland Office
    520 SW Yamhill, Suite 200
    Portland, OR 97204
    Phone: (503) 274-5477
    Fax: 503-295-6679
    Website: www.victimrights.org
    Operating out of Massachusetts and Oregon, the mission of the VRLC is to provide sexual assault victims with free legal help, and the legal resources they need to reclaim their lives and become survivors. The VRLC is a primary pass-through for Violence Against Women Act Funds, and provides training to lawyers and other professionals who provide services to survivors of sexual assault, throughout the nation.



    V-DAY
    Website: www.vday.org
    V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual slavery. V-Day is also a non-profit corporation that distributes funds to grassroots, national, and international organizations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls. The ‘V’ in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.


    Women's Law Project
    125 S. 9th Street, Suite 300
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
    phone: 215-928-9801
    fax: 215-928-9848

    Women's Law Project Western Pennsylvania
    401 Wood Street, Suite 1020
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222
    infopitt@womenslawproject.org
    v: 412-281-2892
    f: 412-281-3054
    Email: info@womenslawproject.org
    Website: www.womenslawproject.org
    Based in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, the mission of the Women’s Law Project is to create a more just and equitable society by advancing the rights and status of all women throughout their lives. To this end, the WLP engages in high-impact litigation, advocacy, and education.



    WomensLaw.org
    Website: www.womenslaw.org
    WomensLaw.org was founded in February 2000 by a group of lawyers, teachers, activists, and web designers interested in seeing the power of the Internet work for more disadvantaged people and specifically for survivors of domestic violence. We pulled together our experiences and resources and launched this website in October 2001. WomensLaw.org changed its formal name from Women's Law Initiative in 2005. The Mission of WomensLaw.org is to provide easy-to-understand legal information and resources to women living with or escaping domestic violence. By reaching out through the Internet, we empower women and girls to lead independent and productive lives, free from abuse.


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