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 International Resources

Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence: Their mission is to eliminate domestic violence in Asian & Pacific Islander communities by increasing awareness about the extent and depth of the problem; making culturally specific issues visible; strengthening community models of prevention and intervention; identifying and expanding resources; informing and promoting research and policy.

Communities Against Violence Network (CAVNET): The purpose of the CAVNET homepage is to serve as a searchable, authoritative source of information about violence against women, children, persons with disabilities, gays and lesbians, and others. A very interesting and useful resource.

Daphne Toolkit: Here you will find materials, lessons and ideas from 357 projects financed by the European Commission?s Daphne Programme between 1997 and 2003, with related links and resources. You will also find an outline of the projects supported in 2004. Outlines of 2005 projects will be added as they become available. Because of the time-lag between implementation of the projects and reporting on final outcomes, the materials, lessons and ideas are not available until two years after the project began, so the files on 2004 projects, for example, will be added towards the end of 2006.

The Daphne toolkit has three general objectives :
? As an Advocacy Tool
? As a Consolidated Archive of resources
? As a Comprehensive Web Resource

Domestic Violence Information Center: A terrific resource, this page contains a huge number of domestic violence related links, lots of text resource material on relevant speeches by politicians or on legislation, and a very nice compilation of U.S. national and state domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment/stalking hotlines or offices.

Hot Peach Pages: The goal of the Hot Peach Pages is to provide information on abuse in as many languages as possible, along with lists of abuse help agencies for every country in the world. Currently, they either have or link to: abuse information in 79 languages; and list agencies for 229 out of the approximately 238 countries in the world

National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence: NCCAFV provides public awareness and education materials, program and resource development consultation, and technical assistance and training in the United States and internationally.

National Family Justice Center Alliance: Our Vision is to create a network of national and international Family Justice Centers with close working relationships, shared training and technical assistance, collaborative learning processes, and coordinated funding assistance.

Verbal Abuse: The Verbal Abuse website is dedicated to the recognition and prevention of verbal abuse in homes, schools and workplaces. A major online resource in this field.

White Ribbon Campaign: An international advocacy organization of men working to end violence against women. They are an educational organization to encourage reflection and discussion that leads to personal and collective action among men

Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse: The Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse is a national resource on issues of domestic violence and family violence. It provides a central point for the collection and dissemination of Australian domestic and family violence policy, practice and research. It aims to meet the information needs of government agencies, generalist and specialist service providers, researchers and interested members of the public.

Domestic Violence and Incest Resource Centre: The Domestic Violence & Incest Resource Centre (DVIRC) is funded by the Department of Human Services Victoria, Australia. It is a statewide resource centre for information about domestic violence and sexual assault. DVIRC provides: education and training, publications, newsletters, a specialist research library, case consultation as well as information and referral.

Justlook Australia: A non-profit social service directory agency, you can search their database for contact information to victim service programs, domestic violence agencies, sexual assault centers, suicide hotlines and much more.

BC Association of Specialized Victim Service and Counselling Programs: The Association provides a provincial voice for survivors of violence and the community-based services that support them. They maintain a strong network between Community-Based Victim Assistance programs, Sexual Assault Centres and Stopping the Violence counselling programs across BC. They have also established important links with government, policy makers, legislators and other provincial organizations.

Canadian Women's Foundation: Canadian Women?s Foundation raises money and makes grants to help stop violence against women and build economic independence for women and their children. We're investing in the power of women and the dreams of girls!

Centre for Research on Violence: Funded by the Canadian government, this organization seeks to prevent domestic violence and sexual abuse. They are involved in a number of areas, including intervention strategies, civil and criminal remedies, education, training initiatives and prevention.

Directory of Women's Centres and Services in B.C.: A nicely organized listing of Women's Centres and other services in British Columbia.

Education Wife Assault: Extensive information, research and referral options are provided by this 15+ year old organization, based in Toronto, Ontario.

Family Violence in Canada - 1998-2005: Statistics Canada datasheets and analysis

PEI: Islander's Guide to Victims of Family Violence Act: This site describes several elements, remedies and legal actions available to victims of family violence in this province.

M?tis Nation of Ontario Victim Services: The Victim Services Program is a recent project under the Health Services Branch of the MNO. It is funded by the Ontario Government. The focus of the program is to increase public awareness, prevention strategies and provide community resources to the MNO citizens who are affected by violence (domestic violence, child abuse, etc). The MNO makes every effort to provide culturally relevant material to all its citizens.

METRAC (Metro Action Committee on Public Violence Against Women and Children) ): A non-profit organization based in Toronto, Ontario, committed to the right of women and children to live free of violence and the threat of violence. This site supplies excellent information on their organization, the numerous programs METRAC oversees in the Metro Toronto area, plus it give access to a database of over 4,000 documents on violence against women and children, METRAC's own publications and a small collection of links.

National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence: NACAFV serves by acting as a national clearinghouse for on-the-ground information, developing standards, training programs and provides a project monitoring Aboriginal family violence. NACAFV as has its basis in a consultative process that respects and recognizes Aboriginal knowledge as necessary for the effective provision of family violence intervention and prevention to Aboriginal peoples.

National Clearinghouse on Family Violence Canada: An office of Health Canada, this site provides excellent information and resources on all aspects of family violence, including: prevention, elder abuse, child abuse, spousal abuse, sexual abuse and more.

Ontario Network of Sexual Assault Care and Treatment Centres (ONSACTC): This website provides information about the services offered at Sexual Assault Care and Treatment Centres in Ontario as well as information about sexual assault and domestic violence. Although the original mandate of their service revolved around the care for victims/survivors of sexual assault, their mandate is expanding to include service for victims/survivors of domestic violence.

Ontario Women's Justice Network: This is an online legal resource for women's organizations and individuals working on issues related to justice and violence against women and children. Their services include examining various justice issues, such as sexual assault and partner abuse; providing legal information such as a glossary of legal terms, fact sheets, and commentary on laws and court cases pertaining to women's experiences. We also offer links to relevant online resources.

Shelternet: Shelternet is designed to help women find or get in touch with domestic violence shelters through the Internet.  Information on the site includes: directories and image maps of domestic violence shelters across the county; how to make safety plans; how to hide your internet activities; a "just for kids" section; a "Questions and Answers" area. Of special interest is their ShelterNet Internet and E-mail Safety section; a series of tips for Internet and e-mail safety from a domestic violence center.

Sisters in Spirit: The national Sisters in Spirit Campaign was launched in March 2004 to raise public awareness of the alarmingly high rates of violence against Aboriginal women in Canada. NWAC believes we are in an urgent state of affairs with regards to the safety of Aboriginal women in Canada.  The main objective of the Sisters in Spirit initiative is to address violence against Aboriginal (First Nations Inuit and M?tis) women, particularly racialized and/or sexualized violence, that is, violence perpetrated against Aboriginal women because of their gender and Aboriginal identity.

Stop Abuse for Everyone (S.A.F.E.):  Stop Abuse For Everyone is a non-profit organization that provides advocacy, information, and support for men and women who are the victims of domestic violence. They set up and advocate for services for men and women, straight, gay, or lesbian, with the vision of a world of powerful, supportive relationships, free of violence.

Transition Houses and Shelters for Abused Women in Canada: This document -- in Adobe Acrobat format -- supplies a reference to shelters across Canada.

Violet: Law and Abused Women: This site is a plain language, woman-friendly, safe space on the Internet providing passive and interactive services to meet the legal information needs of abused women and their service providers in Alberta. Violet is is a joint project of the Legal Studies Program, Faculty of Extension and the Alberta Council of Women's Shelters.

Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organization (IKWRO)
: This UK-based organization was originally created to advocate for and support Kurdish and Iranian women, but has expanded to support all women and men needing help in the Arabic, Farsi, Kurdish and languages. We can also find help in Turkish. Their services include: helping victims escape violence within the family (honour-related violence) or forced marriage; with claiming benefits and making asylum claims; with language skills and other training; and by providing translation and interpreting services. They are committed to women?s equality and human rights, to empowering women to be able to make their own choices, and to support themselves financially and emotionally.

Institute for Family Functioning
(in Japanese): A research and counselling/therapy organization which focuses on domestic violence, child abuse and other symptoms of a dysfunctional family.  Their webpage includes links to a variety of counselling/clinical sites in Japan and around the world.

Korea Women's Hot Line
: Korea Women's Hot Line is a women's rights activist group, protecting women's rights from all kinds of violence and advancing women's social position as well as establishing gender equality in the spheres of family, work, and society. In politics, economics, society, and culture, our purpose is to make women participate actively, thus contributing to this land's peace and democracy.

Western Norway Violence and Traumatic Stress Resource Centre
: A consultation and education centre, hosting three specialty teams: a Domestic Violence team; a Refugee Team; and a Suicide Prevention team. The website provides background and contact information with various specialists at the Centre.

United Kingdom
Home Office Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence Information
:  This small site contains a wealth of information, documents and links to sites or organizations of interest to victims of domestic violence and those who serve them.

Women's Aid Federation National Home Page: This English national organization provides support and information for women and children experiencing physical or emotional violence or sexual abuse in the home. Information on public education, safe houses, safety plans, statistics and useful links to sites of interest can all be found here.

United States
: An abuse, rape and domestic violence resource collection.  An excellent resource to information, current news,  research and services.

Abuse Victim Hotline: The Abuse Victim Hotline, Inc. offers preliminary support to victims of abuse nationally via their toll-free hotline and confidential email service. If their volunteers cannot help a victim or friend/loved one of a victim directly, they'll do their best to point them in the right direction.

Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA): The Network is a non-profit, membership corporation composed of 21 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, offender services, and adult crisis intervention services. The purposes of the Network are to promote linkage and communication between the programs, facilitate information sharing, secure funding in a cooperative and non-competitive manner, and to expose the roots of violence against women and children in this culture.

Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence: The Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence is a national network of advocates; community members; professionals from health, mental health, law, education, and social services; survivors; scholars; researchers; and activists from public policy, community organizations, youth programs, immigrants? rights networks, communities of color, women?s groups, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender communities, and other social justice organizations. We serve as a forum for, and clearinghouse on information, research, resources and critical issues about violence against women in Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement identified domestic violence as one of the most serious problems facing Asian immigrant communities. It offers: counselling, support, advocacy, education and training.  Translation of their service descriptions are available in: Chinese, Khmer, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, and Hindi.

California Partnership to End Domestic Violence: The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence is a catalyst and advocate for social change through innovative solutions to ensure safety and justice for victims and survivors of domestic violence and their children.

Center for the Prevention of School Violence: The Center serves as a primary point of contact for dealing with the problem of school violence. The Center focuses on ensuring that schools are safe and secure so that every student is able to attend a school that is safe and secure, one that is free of fear and conducive to learning. On their site you'll find project descriptions, special articles, research briefs and bulletins, newsletters and downloadable files. 

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence: A well-designed and informative site, the Center works from a multi-disciplinary platform on the subject of violence and facilitates the building of bridges between the research community and the practitioners and policy makers. The CSPV collects research literature and resources on the causes and prevention of violence and provides direct information services to the public by offering topical searches on customized databases. Second, CSPV offers technical assistance for the evaluation and development of violence prevention programs. Third, CSPV maintains a basic research component through data analysis and other projects on the causes of violence and the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs. The Center maintains four databases. They are the:

Child Welfare Information Gateway: This vast site contains online publications, fact sheets, databases and catalogs, access to statistical information from across the US, conference calendars and a host of links to other sites of interest. 

Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence: The Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence is committed to breaking the cycle of partner violence through workplace and community prevention education. Its goals are to develop prevention education programs and facilitate networking between members to create a higher consciousness level about the issue in an effort to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, partner violence.

Deaf Victims Advocacy Services: This service, based in Vermont, believes that deaf people in Vermont have the right to live in a violence-free environment. Our mission is to ensure that deaf victims have equal access to support services. Their services include education, training and support for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Deaf Women of Iowa Against Abuse: This organization provides services to deaf, hard-of-hearing and deaf-blind people and their families who experience domestic violence or sexual assault.

Domestic Violence Handbook: This Michigan-based site includes a list of shelters/counselling centers for this area, and an excellent summary of the symptoms of domestic violence, the cycle of violence, and what steps can be taken to promote safety for the victim. It also has a list of counselling centers for the abuser.

Domestic Violence Resource Manual: This extensive online document, written by the Multnomah County, Oregon, Department of Community and Family Services, contains a wealth of information. Additional links of interest serve both users in the Multnomah County area as well as connecting to links of national and international interest.

Family Violence Department of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges: The FVD of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) is dedicated to improving the way courts, law enforcement, agencies and others respond to family violence, with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of domestic violence victims and their children.  On this site you'll find a resource center, technical assistance, training information for judges and court personnel, publication ordering forms and much more.

Family Violence Prevention Fund: An excellent source of information and statistics and educational materials on family violence for home, educational, office and court uses. A large collection of relevant links can also be found. An excellent resource site.

Higher Education Center Against Violence and Abuse / Electronic Clearinghouse. An excellent resource listing courses available throughout the US on violence, abuse and prevention. A large number of links to sites of interest and text-only files on violence are also available. One of the best sites I've found on the topic of violence.

Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (ICASDV): ICASDV networks with individuals, programs, organizations, advocates and agencies dedicated to ending sexual assault and domestic violence.

Idaho Council on Domestic Violence: An excellent site with a wealth of information and links useful not only to survivors of domestic violence, but to victims of many other kinds of crime as well.

Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community: The Institute is a research, advocacy and educational organization seeks to help prevent/reduce  violence in the African-American community.

Intimate Partner Violence:  This analysis by the US Bureau of Justice Statistics of the National Crime Victimization Survey is heavily quoted by domestic violence advocates.  This link is presented so those interested can view the statistics directly and in context.   A text summary is available, as is their latest update, IVP 1993-2001

Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence: This coalition of Iowa's domestic violence agencies and private individuals is worked to stop the violence. Included on the page are Iowa's telephone hotline number, statistics for Iowa and links to other domestic violence and related pages.

Jewish Woman International Domestic Violence Issues: Information and background for abuse women and the rabbis who may counsel them. An extensive set of links to related and helpful sites is also available.

Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV): KCSDV is a network of programs reaching across the state, helping to unify assistance on a state level and to end battering and sexual assault wherever it occurs.

Kan-Win: Korean-American Women in Need: Kan-Win provides counselling, advocacy and social services to victims of domestic or family violence who are of Korean or Korean-American heritage, including translation services and court accompaniment.

Loved Ones Victim Services: Started as a support group to help one another with the grief and trauma associated with homicide, Loved Ones Victim Services expanded its outreach to provide specialized case management to children. LOVS addresses the cycle of violence in the Los Angeles area through intervention and prevention programs aimed at supporting the co-victims of violent crime.

LUNA (Latinas Unidas por un Nuevo Amanecer) provides a 24 hour crisis line, one on one counselling, and group counselling to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault.  Services are available in both Spanish and English.

Kentucky Governor's Office of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Services:  An extensive listing of links related to child abuse, domestic violence, victim's rights and victim support.   

Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (Jane Doe, Inc.): The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence brings together organizations and people committed to ending domestic violence and sexual assault.  They advocate for responsive public policy, promotes collaboration, raises public awareness, and supports our member organizations to provide comprehensive prevention and intervention services. 

Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV): MCADSV
is a statewide membership organization whose members represent a network of over 70 domestic and sexual violence programs and over 200 allied organizations and individuals.

Military HomeFront Family Advocacy & Interpersonal Abuse: The goal of this site is to provide leaders with basic information about the Family Advocacy Program (FAP), child abuse, domestic abuse, FAP prevention programs such as the New Parent Support Program (NPSP), the Family Advocacy Command Assistance Team (FACAT), information on the latest policies and collaborative projects pertaining to child abuse and domestic abuse, and resources and links for further information on these subjects. The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) is a command support program with responsibility for addressing family violence ? both domestic abuse and child abuse - in military families, through prevention efforts, early identification and intervention, support for victims, and treatment for abusers. FAP staff work with military command, military law enforcement personnel, medical staff, Family Center personnel and Chaplains, as well as civilian organizations and agencies, to provide a coordinated response to family maltreatment involving our service members.

Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV): MCADSV is a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations working together to end domestic and sexual violence through advocacy, public education, public policy, and program development. Their mission is to support and facilitate networking among our member organizations while advocating for social change in Montana.

National Center for Victims of Crime: Many links to crime-specific pages and large amounts of resource material on and for victims of crime, victim's rights advocacy and national and state laws/programs.

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome: A large and complete site, including sections on frequently asked questions, conferences and events, prevention, signs and symptoms, crisis hotline, support and much more.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is dedicated to the empowerment of battered women and their children and to the elimination of personal and societal violence in the lives of women and their children. NCADV's work includes coalition building at the local , state, regional and national levels; public education and awareness activities; training and technical assistance; public policy development and monitoring; information and referral services. A wide variety of resources are available through this site.

National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence: NCCAFV provides public awareness and education materials, program and resource development consultation, and technical assistance and training in the United States and internationally.

National Domestic Violence Hotline Background information on this service, plus resources for professionals and domestic violence victims of all types.

National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence: An excellent resource offering support, advocacy and information.

National Network to End Domestic Violence: The NNEDV is an advocacy organization of US state domestic violence coalitions and is a leading voice among domestic violence advocates in public policy, as well as providing support to local programs and coalitions through information, research, funding, and training.

National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center: A project of the CDC, this website is designed 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.  Extensive statistical and research information is available.

Nebraska Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition (NDVSAC): NDVSAC is a statewide membership network of domestic violence/sexual assault programs, individuals and related organizations working to end violence in Nebraska. Their primary mission is to ensure adequate emergency services are available to the growing number of individuals reaching out to one of the state's 22 local domestic violence/sexual assault programs for information, shelter, support, and assistance. Their broader mission is to increase public awareness and understanding about these crimes by serving as a statewide resource and training center.

New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (NHCADSV): The Coalition supports its network by providing community education, coordination, training, resource sharing, and advocacy for public policy changes that affect victims of domestic and sexual violence.

North Dakota Council on Abused Women's Services / Coalition Against Sexual Assault in North Dakota (NDCAWS / CASAND): The mission of the NDCAWS/CASAND is to pursue and expose the causes of domestic violence and sexual violence, provide direct and immediate services to those who are victimized, and support those who provide such services.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Child Protection Division: The Child Protection Division administers projects, programs, and initiatives related to crimes against children and children?s exposure to violence. It provides leadership and funding in the areas of prevention, intervention, treatment, and enforcement. CPD promotes research and effective policies and procedures to address the problems of abused, neglected, missing, and exploited children and children who have been exposed to domestic or community violence.

Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (OCADVSA): Providing information, advocacy, state networking and public education.

Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (OCADSV): OCADSV is  made up of programs across the state serving victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Their mission is to raise awareness about or regarding violence against all women and children and to work towards non-violence through leadership in advocacy, public policy, resource development, and social change.

Parental Abduction in Divorce: A collection of links and information from around the world on this crime.

Pennsylvania Coalition against Domestic Violence: PCADV manages a statewide contract that provides financial support and technical assistance in program development and training to the network of service providers, offers consultation and technical expertise to state domestic coalitions, private and government agencies, and state and federal policy-makers; and provides information and resource materials to the media and general public, and also provides extensive training to law enforcement and criminal justice personnel, health care providers, religious leaders, drug and alcohol counselors, batterer intervention service providers, and other professionals who seek justice and safety for battered women.  As well, PCADV advocates on behalf of battered women through the development and passage of legislation strengthening legal protections.

Shaken Baby Syndrome Alliance: A large and complete site, including sections on frequently asked questions, conferences and events, prevention, signs and symptoms, crisis hotline, support and much more.

Social Service Administration Provides Assistance to Victims of Domestic Violence: A short page of instructions on the steps domestic violence victims can take to obtain a  new Social Security number.

South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVSA): SCCADVASA is a state wide membership coalition formed in 1981 consisting of all Domestic Violence Shelters & Rape Crisis Centers in South Carolina to represent the critical needs of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SDCADVCA): The South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault comprises people dealing with concerns of battered women and their children. They represent both rural and urban areas and their programs support and involve battered women of all racial, ethnic, religious and economic groups, ages and lifestyles.

Stop Abuse for Everyone (SAFE):  A site dedicated to stopping abuse against women, men, gays and lesbians.  Very informative and non-judgmental.

Stop Abuse for Everyone (SAFEO-NH: Is the New Hampshire chapter of Stop Abuse For Everyone. They are a direct service provider of services to victims of domestic violence, family violence (including sibling violence, elder abuse, child abuse etc.), teen dating violence, stalking, and more.  They provide a wide variety of online services.   In addition to being a crisis service, they are a state resource for education and outreach.

Symptoms of Emotional Abuse: A well designed and informative page on emotional abuse and they cycle of abuse; how to recognize it in yourself and others. Many links of use and interest are also available.

Taking the Bully by the Horns - Bullies, Self-esteem and Violence: Information on children being bullied, advice for parents/teachers/adults and children. Note that several books are being promoted on this site; Victim Assistance Online has not reviewed these books. This link is supplied on the strength of the information provided on the website only.

Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (TCADSV): TCADSV is a nonprofit organization composed of diverse community leaders and program members who share a common vision of ending violence  through public policy, advocacy, education, and activities which increase the capacity of programs and communities to address violence.

The Black Church and Domestic Violence Project: BCDVI develops partnerships and collaborations to provide educational, spiritual and technical support as well as advocacy and leadership development: to enhance the capacity of the church to empower and protect the victims of domestic violence; to hold abusers accountable; to promote healing and wholeness in African-American communities.

U.S. Department of Justice Domestic Violence: Links to information and resources of use to victims of domestic violence as well as researchers.

U.S. Department of Justice Violence Against Women Office: A large number of links of interest to domestic violence agencies/support groups can be found here, including grant information and details of ongoing research and reports supported by this office. Of particular interest is their listing of Domestic Violence Coalitions of States and Territories

US State Department's Children and Family Issues: A series of links detailing various  international laws in regards to this children and child support, including links on international child abduction and links to laws/situations/requirements in specific countries.

Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (VNADVSA): VNADVSA is a committed to eradicating domestic and sexual violence through advocacy, empowerment and social change.

Violence Against Women Online Resources: A powerful and extremely useful site, with information on education, events, funding resources, and a large online resource and research library.

Women's Justice Center: This organization provides advocacy for victims of rape, domestic violence, and child abuse, particularly in the Latina and other under served communities of Sonoma County;  other services include training and community education.  They have a very interesting set of recommendations on how you can Monitor, Uncover and Enter Evidence into the Case Yourself

Elder Abuse
Age & Opportunity Older Victim Services and Support
: The OVS Program Support Volunteer provides emotional support to older adults who have experienced some form of criminal victimization as well as providing information and assistance when required.

American Administration on Aging - Elder Rights / Elder Abuse: A wealth of information on elder abuse research, prevention, education, victim support, resources and reporting.  Highly recommended.

American Administration on Aging Elder Abuse Factsheet: This page explains exactly what elder abuse is, how to recognize and where to go for help.

Directory of Services and Programs Addressing the Needs of Older Adult Victims of Violence in Canada: This document -- in Adobe Acrobat format -- supplies a national reference for older victims of violence to programs and services.

Elder Abuse: Extensive information on elder abuse, training for professionals dealing with such abuse, research in the field, legislation (US), as well as a monthly online review of articles, news and other information on this subject.

Elder Abuse Prevention Unit (Queensland, Australia): The goals of the EAPU are to enhance the quality of life and safety of older people in Queensland by ensuring that: Older people are aware of how to prevent elder abuse; Older people who are abused have access to information and assistance: Older people have access to services with fully developed inter-agency networks providing a coordinated response: Staff in community organizations providing services to older people have the knowledge and skills to assist them; Current and proposed legislation address the issue of elder abuse; Older people and organizations are empowered by having access to decision-making processes.

International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse: The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse aims to increase society's ability, through international collaboration, to recognize and respond to the mistreatment of older people in whatever setting it occurs, so that the latter years of life will be free from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

National Center on Elder Abuse: An excellent resource on elder abuse, how to help, where to go for aid, research and documentation, conferences, newsletters and their Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE).

Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse: The ONPEA is dedicated to educating professionals and lay persons about elder abuse and neglect;  promoting information sharing among professionals and advocates in the field of elder abuse;  developing educational and training programs about elder abuse prevention and intervention for people working with the elderly; advocacy and support to victims of elder abuse and neglect. 

Violence Against Men
A National Directory for Men Who Are or Have Been Victims of Violence
(Canada only): This extensive document -- in Adobe Acrobat format --  lists programs for men in Canada.

Battered Husband Support: An online discussion area for men who have been battered by their mates. The group administrator does an excellent job of keeping the discussion positive and productive.

Domestic Violence - Another Perspective:  Though mainly focused on men as victims of partner violence, this site is based on the concept that there is no excuse for domestic violence, no matter which partner is the perpetrator.  Much of the information provided is gender-neutral.  Included is background material on domestic violence, how to recognize when you are in an abusive relationship, steps to take in order to get out safely.

Intimate Partner Violence:  This analysis by the US Bureau of Justice Statistics of the National Crime Victimization Survey is heavily quoted by advocates of men in abusive situations as proof that more aid for male victims is needed.  This link is presented so those interested can view the statistics directly and in context.  A text summary is available, as is their latest update, IVP 1993-2001

SAFE (Stop Abuse For Everyone): SAFE is a non-profit organization that provides advocacy, information, and support for men and women who are the victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. SAFE concentrates on domestic violence against straight men, gay men, and lesbian women, because few services exist for these groups.


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