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Places that Help: Federal
Updated: October 18, 2018
Center for Women Veterans: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Center for Women Veterans provides programs and services for women veterans of the US military.
Department of Defense ("DoD") Safe Helpline
The Department of Defense ("DoD") Safe Helpline offers crisis support service for members of the DoD (military) community affected by sexual assault. It provides live, one-on-one advice, support, and information to the worldwide DoD community. The service is anonymous, secure, and available 24/7 – providing victims with the help they need, anytime, anywhere.
The Department of Defense manages Military OneSource, a website for soldiers and families of soldiers. Military OneSource also maintains information about the Family Advocacy Program with locations across the United States providing services to military families dealing with family violence. You can search here to find a FAP location at your installation.
National Center for PTSD
The National Center for PTSD offers Veterans Affairs (VA) resources for women in the army.
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 Military Family Association
The National Military Family Association (NMFA) was created by wives and widows of military personnel who were seeking financial security. NMFA programs educate military families, the public, and Congress on the rights and benefits of military families.
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in both English and Spanish (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. You can find their live chat by clicking here.
Service Women's Action Network
The Service Women's Action Network (SWAN) works every day to ensure members are connected with the critical resources and services they are entitled to and that will make a significant difference in the quality of their lives. SWAN is in the process of developing an updated, online resource portal to help SWAN members and supporters find a wide range of credible, third party public and private resources. If you are seeking support in the meantime, and believe that SWAN can help, please contact them directly.
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office: The U.S. Department of Defense
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) is the organization responsible for the oversight of Department of Defense (DoD) sexual assault policy. The Department of Defense is committed to the prevention of sexual assault. The Department has implemented a comprehensive policy to ensure the safety, dignity and wellbeing of all members of the Armed Forces. Our men and women serving throughout the world deserve nothing less, and their leaders — both Military and civilian — are committed to maintaining a workplace environment that rejects sexual assault and reinforces prevention, response and accountability. SAPRO offers resources and how-to guides on reporting sexual assault in the military.
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