American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence
The Web site for the American Bar Association's Commission on Domestic Violence features many resources and organization links to help both lawyers and victims understand the issue and prevent domestic violence. The site also provides information on cyberstalking and privacy intrusions. Other features include research, statistics, and studies regarding domestic violence.
Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPV)
The Family Violence Prevention Fund is a non-profit organization working to prevent domestic violence from wrecking the lives of women and children. The FVPF Web site provides the latest news concerning domestic violence issues while spotlighting organizational and individual efforts to combat domestic abuse. Other features include a "Take Action" page promoting advocacy and volunteerism, and a list of steps concerned citizens can take in their communities to stop domestic violence.
Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc.
The Battered Women and Children's Shelter is a program of Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc., dedicated to breaking the cycle of family violence and strengthening families.
Have Justice Will Travel
Have Justice Will Travel provides legal services to rural victims of domestic violence. The Have Justice Will Travel Web site details the history and inspiration of Wynona Ward, the woman behind this legal advocacy organization. The "Services" page describes the various legal and support services provided by the organization to victims of domestic violence. The "Domestic Violence" page provides information needed to break the cycle of violence, and is divided into three categories: facts and statistics, signs of abuse, and victim's rights.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
The non-profit National Coalition Against Domestic Violence seeks to empower battered women and their children in an effort to eliminate domestic violence from society. The NCADV Web site features an overview of the problem of domestic abuse, resources for community organizing, and places victims can find help. Another feature, The Public Policy Office of NCADV, seeks to influence legislation by empowering women through communication, lobbying and activism. Other highlights include "Voices Against Violence," "Remember My Name," and resource links.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
An outgrowth of the Violence Against Women Act, passed by Congress in 1994, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides support and information to abused women. A multi-lingual staff ensures that each women can receive the help she needs. The Web site features other information, such as general domestic violence facts, teens and dating violence facts, stories of domestic violence victims and survivors, and means by which concerned citizens can help.
Office on Violence Against Women
The Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women provides a variety of information concerning domestic violence, including laws pertaining to domestic abuse, community prevention, and lists of state hotlines, coalitions, and advocacy groups. Other Web site options include information regarding trafficking in human persons and sexual assault.
Domestic Violence Coalitions of States and Territories
The Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice maintains this national directory of organizations dealing with domestic violence issues. The directory gives the name, address, phone number, and Web site address (if applicable) of each organization.
WomensLaw.org was founded in February 2000 by a group of lawyers, teachers, advocates, and web designers interested in seeing the power of the Internet work for more disadvantaged people and specifically for survivors of domestic violence. The Web site contains information and resources on court procedures, state-by-state laws, safety tips and how to help others.
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