Thank you for being willing to share your experience (and thus expertise) on this issue in order to benefit others. I know of many great organizations in NYC that focus on this issue—my favorite being Sanctuary for Families. I also know about Women In Need and Safe Horizon, and of course, there are more community-based groups as well. I am sure there is something in your immediate area, and I am always a fan of working as locally as you can. I think that you should approach a local group—you can find one via 800.799.SAFE.