Places that Help: Federal
Battered Women's Justice Project, (Part of the Domestic Violence Resource Network)
1801 Nicollet Ave. So., Suite 102
Minneapolis, MN 55403-3745
Assists victims, legal advocates, law enforcement personnel, corrections agents, judges, attorneys, domestic violence organizations, government agencies, students and concerned citizens. The project provides training, technical assistance, and other resources (but not the fighting of individual legal cases) through a partnership with three nationally-recognized organizations, in the areas of criminal justice, civil justice, and battered women who are charged with crimes. If you are a victim, they may be able to help you plan for your safety and clarify your options regarding legal action as you take steps to deal with a violent relationship.
Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women
We are a non-profit agency based in Maine with a toll free crisis line that is open to victims and others concerned about loved ones throughout the country. Through our 24-hour hotline, we offer support, referral, safety planning, emergency shelter, transportation expenses, court advocacy (for Maine residents only), food, clothing, etc. to victims in need.
Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP)
DV LEAP represents domestic violence survivors from any state in selected cases requiring an appeal or to defend against an appeal. They consider all kinds of DV-related appeals, including civil protection order issues, family law (custody, divorce, property, etc.) Hague Convention issues, and criminal issues (e.g., self-defense, admissibility of expert testimony, etc.). They sometimes provide friend-of-the-court (amicus) briefs in appeals if the party already has a lawyer. To request help, go here: https://www.dvleap.org/application
Family Violence Appellate Project ("FVAP")
1814 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94612
FOR CALIFORNIA CASES ONLY: FVAP appeals California family law, civil, guardianship, and Hague Convention cases on behalf of survivors of domestic violence. We prioritize cases in which children are placed in dangerous situations by court orders regarding custody or unsupervised visitation. We will work with survivors of abuse who are either appellants or respondents and where the survivor does not have the funds to hire an appellate attorney. Please note that the order to be appealed must be less than 60 days old and we do not handle criminal or juvenile dependency cases.
Love is Respect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
loveisrespect.org and the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline can be accessed by phone or the internet and offer real-time one-on-one support from trained Peer Advocates.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
1120 Lincoln Street, Suite 1603
Denver, CO 80203
The NCADV is the oldest national organization representing grassroots organizations and individuals working to assist and empower battered women and their children. It serves as a national information and referral center for the general public, the media, battered women and children, agencies and organizations. They offer shelters and support services for battered women and their children.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Hotline: 800 799-7233
Open year-round, trained staff provide counseling and referral services to all, free of charge. The staff speaks English and Spanish, and translators are available for 129 other languages. They offer crisis intervention, referrals to domestic violence and other emergency shelters and programs, information and support, and can link callers to a nationwide database on domestic violence. They advise on shelters, advocacy and assistance, and social services programs.
National Women's Health Information Center
Website provides lots of information, resources and links.
NYLAG’s Domestic Violence Appellate Representation Project
7 Hanover Square
New York, NY 10004
FOR NYC RESIDENTS ONLY: New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) has an Domestic Violence Appellate Representation Project, which specializes in family law appeals on behalf of domestic violence victims and their children in NYC. Please note that referrals are preferred to come through a legal or social service agency.
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
2000 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Provides information, help and resources throughout the country, and a helpline.
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