Links to Domestic Violence Resources
Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance
The Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (VSDVAA) is a diverse group of individuals and organizations that believe that ALL people have the right to a life free of violence. We recognize that sexual and domestic violence are linked to other forms of oppression, which disproportionately affect women, children, and other marginalized people, harming individuals, families and societies as a whole. We will use our diverse and collective voice to create a Virginia free from sexual and domestic violence-inspiring others to join and support values of equality, respect and shared power. VSDVAA offers the statewide family violence and sexual assault hotline at 1-800-838-8238 (V/TTY). www.vsdvalliance.org
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
The National Domestic Violence Hotline creates access by providing 24-hour support through advocacy, safety planning, resources and hope to everyone affected by domestic violence. The National Domestic Violence Hotline was established in 1996 as a component of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed by Congress. The Hotline is a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention, information and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families. The Hotline answers a variety of calls and is a resource for domestic violence advocates government officials, law enforcement agencies and the general public. The Hotline serves as the only domestic violence hotline in the nation with access to more than 4,000 shelters and domestic violence programs across the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Advocates receive approximately 23,500 calls each month. The Hotline is toll-free, confidential and anonymous. It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in more than 170 different languages through interpreter services, with a TTY line available for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing. The staff at The Hotline is also available to provide assistance and guidance in a variety of areas including media, public relations, fundraising, public policy, legal advocacy and public education and training. 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224. www.thehotline.org.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
NCADV is dedicated to the empowerment of battered women and their children and therefore is committed to the elimination of personal and societal violence in the lives of battered women and their children. NCADV’s work includes coalition building at the local, state, regional and national levels; support for the provision of community-based, non-violent alternatives – such as safe home and shelter programs – for battered women and their children; public education and technical assistance; policy development and innovative legislation; focus on the leadership of NCADV’s caucuses and task forces developed to represent the concerns of organizationally under- represented groups; and efforts to eradicate social conditions which contribute to violence against women and children. www.ncadv.org
National Network to End Domestic Violence
The National Network to End Domestic Violence, a social change organization representing state domestic violence coalitions, is dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists. www.nnedv.org
Futures Without Violence
Everyone has the right to live free of violence. Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, works to prevent and end violence against women and children around the world. Creating futures without violence has been our vision for over thirty years. Now, it is also our name. From domestic and dating violence, to child abuse and sexual assault, Futures Without Violence works to end some of the most pressing global issues of our time. We advance the health, stability, education, and security of women and girls, men and boys worldwide. In 1994, Futures Without Violence was instrumental in developing the landmark Violence Against Women Act passed by the US Congress. Striving to reach new audiences and transform social norms, we train professionals such as doctors, nurses, athletic coaches, and judges on improving responses to violence and abuse. As well, we work with advocates, policy makers and others to build sustainable community leadership and educate people everywhere about the importance of respect and healthy relationships – the relationships that all individuals, families, and communities need and deserve. www.futureswithoutviolence.org.
Prevent Child Abuse Virginia
A statewide, private, nonprofit organization, leads a coalition of community partners across the Commonwealth. We are committed to preventing child abuse and neglect through actions taken as leaders, advocates, educators and collaborators. We work with local, regional and statewide human services agencies, civic and religious organizations, businesses, health care providers and concerned citizens. Prevent Child Abuse Virginia is the Virginia chapter of Prevent Child Abuse. www.pcav.org
Love is Not Abuse (Liz Claiborne)
Nearly one-third of all Americans say they know a woman who has been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past year. These women are our daughters, sisters, mothers and friends. Domestic violence is everybody’s problem and everybody needs to be part of the solution. Liz Claiborne provides information and materials on dealing with domestic violence in the workplace. www.loveisnotabuse.com
Break the Cycle
Empowering youth to end domestic violence. Break the Cycle provides tools and resources to prevent and end dating abuse. www.breakthecycle.org
Men Stopping Violence
Men Stopping Violence is a social change organization dedicated to ending men’s violence against women. http://www.menstoppingviolence.org.
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
PCADV, a private non-profit organization, is proud to have been the first state domestic violence coalition in the country. www.pcadv.org