sites provide information and resources
A Long Walk Home
A Long Walk Home, Inc. (ALWH) is a non-profit that uses art therapy and the visual and performing arts to end violence against girls and women. ALWH features the testimonies and art by survivors and their allies in order to provide safe and entertaining forums through which the public can learn about healing from and preventing gender violence.
Apne Aap (“self-help” in Hindi) is an initiative to end sex trafficking. The organization was begun by women in prostitution in the Khetwadi/ Kamatipura red light area of Mumbai in 1998, who had worked with Emmy award-winning journalist Ruchira Gupta on the documentary “The Selling of Innocents.” The aim of Apne Aap is to end their own exploitation and prevent their sisters from being exploited through sex trafficking.
Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition (BSCC)
Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition (BSCC) is an alliance of over 60 government and nonprofit agencies in the United States and Latin America that is convened in and along the U.S.-Mexico Border Region to combat slavery and human trafficking. This website offers information about human trafficking and tools to recognize and prevent trafficking as well as support resources for victims.
The Breathe Network
This organization is focused on “building resilience through embodied approaches to healing.” The Breathe Network connects survivors of sexual violence with trauma-informed, sliding-scale holistic healing arts practitioners across the United States including providers specializing in acupunture, aromatherapy, biofeedback, chiropractic, EMDR, energy healing, massage, psychotherapy, qigong, reiki, rolfing, yoga and more.
The Center for Survivor Agency and Justice
This organizations helps those who have been victims of intimate partner violence and works to advocate on their behalf, along with helping them get back to the lives they were leading previously. The Center’s website also offers a great resource page with various articles and publications dedicated to advocacy for survivors.
Corporate Alliance To End Partner Violence
This organization maintains an excellent list of links including to a wide variety of nonprofit and governmental programs and initiatives relating to domestic violence. They offer a wealth of resources, news, information and support.
Sponsored by the Victim Rights Law Center (the first nonprofit law center in the nation solely dedicated to serving the legal needs of sexual assault victims), and the Voices and Faces Project, (a national documentary initiative that seeks to bring the stories of sexual violence survivors to the attention of the public). The mission of Counterquo is to work with partners nationwide to develop a blueprint for challenging the way that our culture responds to sexual violence--and a system of accountability for those who will be charged with executing such a plan.
CPI Campus Sexual Assault Investigation
The Center for Public Integrity, a national investigative reporting agency, is in the midst of a multi-year investigation into how sexual assault happens, and is dealt with, on college campuses throughout the United States. This website links to their most recent reports and findings.
Date Rape Drugs
From Womenshealth.gov, a Federal Government Source for Women’s Health Information, comes, this site contains a wealth of information on date rape drugs—an increasing factor in sexual assault throughout the country.
End Child Prostitution and Trafficking
This organization is the leading policy organization in the United States that seeks to end commercial sexual exploitation of children through awareness raising, advocating, and policy development.
The Female Genital Cutting Education and Networking Project
The best Internet site on FGM, it contains an introduction to FGM, reference material, news on efforts towards eradication and on nationwide legislation, and international listings of organizations that work on the topic.
Feminist.com Violence Against Women Section
A range of VAW information and a directory of links to organizations and resources online.
Majority's Domestic Violence Hotline
Lists addresses and phone numbers
of coalitions against domestic violence
in every state, and of national organizations.
The state coalitions provide information
on local resources and shelters.
Feminist Majority's Domestic Violence
Gives information and resources about
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
each October; about the Violence Against
Women Act (VAWA II); about domestic
violence awareness and related subjects;
and has information on domestic violence
INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence is a national grassroots activist project with chapters and affiliates across the U.S. working together on political projects involving police violence, reproductive justice, and media justice while advancing a movement to end violence against women of color.
Hollaback! is a movement dedicated to ending street harassment using mobile technology. Street harassment is one of the most pervasive forms of gender-based violence and one of the least legislated against. At the Hollaback website people are invited to share their stories and their resistance to street harassment.
Knowledge for Health
Developed by the John Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs, this site provides researchers, health communication specialists, policy makers, and others with the information and materials they need for their work to end violence against women. The site has a particular focus on the intersection of violence against women and women’s reproductive health. It includes a Listserve with updated information on ending violence against women.
Love Is Not Abuse
A public awareness and educational campaign sponsored by Liz Claiborne, Inc., Love Is Not Abuse provides an excellent online resource for information and links to other organizations working against all aspects of violence against women and girls.
Men Against Sexual Violence
A campaign developed by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) as a way to actively engage men in working together with women to eliminate sexual violence. MASV asks men to personally pledge to never commit, condone, or remain silent about sexual violence, and to use their resources to support change.
Men Can Stop Rape
Men Can Stop Rape is an organization dedicated to engaging men in the discussion of violence against women. In its “Strength Campaign”, Men Can Stop Rape embraces men as allies instead of the enemies in combating violence against women. This website also offers great resources for perpetrators and other anti-violence resources for men.
National Center for Injury Prevention: Violence Prevention
The Intimate Partner Violence Prevention website is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 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.
The National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS)
NOMAS is an activist organization of men and women supporting positive changes for men. NOMAS advocates a perspective that is pro-feminist, gay affirmative, anti-racist, dedicated to enhancing men's lives, and committed to justice on a broad range of social issues including class, age, religion, and physical abilities.
National Organization for Women
Links to a wide range of further information, including directories of resources.
National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)
NNEDV offers training, technical assistance, innovative programs plans, and funding to communities across the nation. NNEDV works to address and respond to needs identified by victims by providing tools that strengthen advocacy and help change the way society responds to domestic violence.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Serving as a central clearinghouse for voluminous resources and research, the NSVRC provides a place to turn to for information, help and support. The NSVRC aims to influence policy, practice and research by providing greater interaction, investigation and review, and by promoting awareness within the anti-sexual violence movement.
PreventConnect is a national project of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. PreventConnect is working toward the prevention of sexual assault and relationship violence by building a community of practice among people who are engaged in such efforts. PreventConnect now offers a series of web conferences on how sexual and domestic violence impacts communities and follows as its members affect change through policy and practice.
Stop Porn Culture! targets activists and academics, young people and parents, organizers and ordinary people and opens up the discussion regarding pornography’s impact on society’s distorted view of sexuality and its role in shaping attitudes which promote sexual aggression.
The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
Within the Department of Justice, the VAWO handles the Department's legal and policy issues regarding violence against women and works to implement the mandates of the Violence Against Women Act and subsequent legislation.
Created by Cambridge Documentary Films, this website is a companion to an excellent documentary on rape (called "Rape is
."). The website contains excellent links to anti-rape organizations and information on rape and other forms of violence against women for survivors and activists.
Searching for Angela Shelton
In the documentary Searching for Angela Shelton, filmmaker Angela Shelton journeys across the United States meeting other Angela Sheltons in an effort to survey women in America. She discovers that 24 out of the 40 Angela Sheltons she spoke to had been raped, beaten or molested. (now 28 out of 40) Then the filmmaker meets an Angela Shelton who tracks sexual predators and lives in the same town as the filmmaker’s father who molested her and her step siblings for years. The filmmaker’s survey of women becomes a journey of self-discovery during which she decides to finally confront her own past and her father. The Angela Sheltons complete the journey by teaching the filmmaker about forgiveness, faith and the power of the human spirit, no matter what your name is.
The mission of Stop Family Violence is to organize and amplify our nation’s collective voice against family violence.
The Rebecca Project
The Rebecca Project for Human Rights is a national legal and policy organization with a focus on the way in which gendered and sexual violence, poverty, and exploitation harm girls and women. They have a wide range of resources and informational materials to educate laypeople, policymakers, and girl and women advocates about sensible criminal justice, child welfare, public health and economic policy reforms that would benefit girls and women living at society’s margins.
Transform Communities (TC-TAT)
TC-TAT works to strengthen the collective efforts of advocates, organizations, policy makers and funders to build a strong social movement and sustainable, community-driven initiatives. Their website offers a great section on online domestic violence resources, publications, and tool-kits for prevention.
This organization's website has an excellent collection of white papers on subjects related to violence against women.
The Voices and Faces Project
The Voices and Faces Project is a non-profit national survivor network created to give voice and face to survivors of sexual violence, offering a sense of solidarity and possibility to those who have lived through abuse, while raising awareness of how this human rights and public health issue impacts victims, families and communities.
Designed to provide easy-to-understand legal information and resources to women living with or escaping domestic violence. Women’s Law.Org empowers women and girls to lead independent and productive lives, free from abuse. The site publishes state-specific legal information for domestic violence survivors, including info on how to get a protective order in all 50 states. Also provides help through email, directly to women and advocates, throughout the U.S.
UN WOMEN is the women's division of the UN and the website has information about responses to violence against women around the world.
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.
Online blog site that publishes two survivors’ stories of abuse each week. Readers are invited to read their stories and offer support. This online outlet for survivors offers a safe and supportive place for survivors to tell their story. Readers are also given insight into the long-lasting and damaging impact of abuse, building a community of understanding and support.
(Wo)Men Speak Out
(Wo)Men Speak Out is an organization dedicated to eradicating male/female violence against both genders, seeking to educate both men and women, cultivating healthy relationships and gender equality.
Women Thrive Worldwide
Women Thrive Worldwide is an organization that advocates for change for at the U.S. and global level in the areas of employment opportunities, economic prosperity, voice, anti-violence and freedom. Women Thrive Worldwide partners with local organizations to create real change in communities to advance the position of women and girls.
Women Under Siege
Established by Gloria Steinem, this website documents the way in which sexual violence and rape is used in conflict throughout the world. It offers testimony from victims illustrating this violence being used as a strategic tool of war and creates an action plan that demands an international response to these crimes addressing the reality of gender-based genocide.
RESOURCES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Break the Cycle
Break the Cycle is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to end domestic violence by working proactively with youth. Break the Cycle provides domestic violence prevention and early intervention services to youth ages 12 to 22 through three programs: the Education & Outreach Program (conducting outreach, presentations and trainings for youth, teachers, school counselors and officials, law enforcement personnel, parents and social service providers); the Legal Services Program (providing early intervention services, including free legal advice, counsel and representation, to hundreds of young people each year, assisting them to escape abusive relationships or homes); and the Peer Leadership Program.
Feeling Safe: What Girls Say
This links to the Executive Summary of Feeling Safe: What Girls Say — an original research study by the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), in partnership with Harris Interactive, Inc. — a national (online and focus group) study of over 2,000 girls ages 8–17 conducted in an effort to better understand how girls perceive safety. Researchers sought answers to such questions as....How safe do girls feel? What are the negative effects of girls feeling unsafe? How important are emotional and physical safety to girls? How can adults make girls feel safe?
Girls Incorporated National Resource Center
This web site, developed by the Office on Women’s Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, gives girls between the ages of 10 and 16 reliable, current health information. The site focuses on many health topics that respond to adolescent girls’ health concerns and motivates girls to choose healthy behaviors using positive, supportive and non-threatening messages.
The Girls Incorporated Web site provides research, advocacy information and tips on issues surrounding girls and young women.
Keep Safe Stay Cool
Keep Safe Stay Cool is an early intervention program targeting young people between the ages of thirteen and twenty-five years using a peer education model to promote healthy relationships as opposed to domestic violence.
Love Doesn't Have to Hurt - TEENS
This site, developed by The American Psychological Association with consultation from the Partners in Program Planning In Adolescent Health (PIPPAH), which contains helpful information for teens about healthy and unhealthy relationships, how to identify both, and suggestions on how to make changes if you are in an unhealthy situation.
Love Is Not Abuse
A Liz Claiborne site with great information for adults, parents, and teens, including free downloadable handbooks, and a special dating violence web site. The site would be a great link for a company intranet, since the information would be valuable for employees and for their children!
Love is Respect
A project of Break the Cycle, an anti-domestic violence services and policy organization based in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, theSafeSpace bills itself as "the most comprehensive resource on the web to learn about dating violence" it is youth-focused, with lots of information for teens and about teen dating violence.
LOVE: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
This website for young women, underwritten by the Domestic Violence & Incest Resource Centre of Melbourne, Australia, is "a guide on love, respect and abuse in relationships."
Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)
The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program is a leadership program that motivates student-athletes and student leaders to play a central role in solving problems that have historically been considered "women's issues": rape, battering and sexual harassment.
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
A national 24-hour resource that can be accessed by phone or Internet, specifically designed for teens and young adults.
Talking to Young People
This web site for teens is a joint effort by the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the New Hampshire Governor's Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence. The site contains information on domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, how to reach out to a friend, public service announcements, and more.
An early warning detection and intervention system created to prevent school violence by empowering students to speak out via an anonymous, secure, online "hotline" that alerts school officials to potentially dangerous situations.
The RESPECT! Campaign is the Family Violence Prevention Fund's (FVPF)
latest initiative to advance a national movement to promote healthy
relationships. The RESPECT! Campaign provides everyday tools and
resources to help teach young people about respect in relationships.
Through this campaign, the Family Violence Prevention Fund seeks to
amplify a national conversation about the critical role that parents,
teachers, coaches, and other living, breathing role models to young
people have to play in helping all of our sons and daughters shape a
world that is free of relationship violence.
A project supported by the Family Violence Prevention Fund, Start Strong is the largest initiative ever funded to target 11-14-year-olds and rally entire communities to promote healthy relationships as the way to prevent teen dating violence and abuse. Lots of information at this website about how individuals and communities can get involved.
The main purpose of StopHazing.org is to serve as a resource for accurate, up-to-date hazing information for students, parents, and educators. StopHazing.org now helps to educate over 30,000 visitors/month, and focuses on hazing in highschools, colleges, fraternities and sororities, and on sports teams.
STRYVE: Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere
Tel: (866) 723-3968 (1-866-SAFEYOUTH)
Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other Federal partners, STRYVE provides current information developed by Federal agencies and the private sector pertaining to youth violence. A gateway for professionals, parents, youth and other interested individuals, the Resource Center offers the latest tools to facilitate discussion with children, to resolve conflicts nonviolently, to stop bullying, to prevent teen suicide, and to end violence committed by and against young people. Resources include: fact sheets, best practices documents, funding and conference announcements, statistics, research bulletins, surveillance reports, and profiles of promising programs.
Based upon PCAR's (Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape) teen sexual violence prevention campaign, this site allows visitors to listen to clips from the Xpose CD, read excerpts of the TEENesteem magazine, test their knowledge of sexual violence, learn what to do if victimized, and find out how to advocate for change.
Covers such topics as abuse and respect, and offers help to teens seeking support, assistance, information, counseling, shelter and other services via their 24-hour hotline. "VolunTEENS" facilitate a chat room and answer hotline calls.
This website is sponsored by the National Center for Victims of Crime. It contains information on topics such as bullying, assault, dating violence, robbery and more. It is available in English and Spanish.
That’s Not Cool
This is a web site created by teens in Massachusetts to help other teens take a stand against relationship violence. It includes a gallery of print, radio, and TV ads.
The Girl Effect
This website has inspirational and educational videos about how adolescent girls are uniquely capable of positively changing the world, and about how working to improve girls’ lives internationally can and will play a key role in eradicating poverty and others harms to women's lives worldwide. Lots of links to Facebook and other interactive efforts.