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Places that Help: Federal
Policy Organizations: Articles, Info, Indexes, Resources
Updated: October 18, 2018
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Center for Women Policy Studies
To promote women’s human rights through enlightened public policy
Communities Against Violence Network - CAVNET
A comprehensive, searchable database for information about violence against women. This website provides articles on everything from welfare reform and domestic violence to violence against immigrant women to Rohypnol, the “date rape drug” to legal information and statistics.
Feminist Majority Foundation
Committed to empowering women and winning equality through research, the sharing of information of value to feminists everywhere, and effective action. Website provides resources and links for domestic violence.
DV Info page: http://www.feminist.org/other/dv/dvhome.html
Legal Momentum takes a select number of cases per year and also provides referrals to victims. Victims must fill out a legal assistance form found here. Legal Momentum also provides information about immigration and support to lawyers representing battered women in immigration cases.
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
800 903-0111 ext. 3
The National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women is resource and advocacy center for battered women charged with any crime in which their history of abuse is relevant (or potentially relevant) to their legal defense. Through its work, the organization aims to increase justice for — and prevent further victimization of — arrested, convicted, or incarcerated battered women. Staff provide customized technical assistance to battered women charged with crimes and to members of their defense teams (defense attorneys, advocates, expert witnesses and others). Please contact them via telephone; they accept collect calls from incarcerated battered women at (215) 351-0010.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
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 Resource Center on Domestic Violence, (Part of the Domestic Violence Resource Network)
TTY: (800) 553-2508
Provides comprehensive information and resources (including videos, publications and information packs), policy development, and technical assistance designed to enhance community responses to and prevention of domestic violence.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
717-909-0710, TTY: 717-909-0715
Serving as a central clearinghouse for the voluminous resources and research, the NSVRC provides a place to turn to for information, help and support. The NSVRC will influence policy, practice and research by providing greater interaction, investigation and review, and by promoting awareness within the anti-sexual violence movement. A project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.
Office of Violence Against Women, Department of Justice
This is the policy office which implements the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, combining the enforcement of federal laws with assistance to states and localities to fight domestic violence and other crimes against women.
This national, public interest law firm offers cutting-edge legal briefs and news on public interest issues, including civil rights, elder law, reproductive freedom, violence prevention, and women’s rights. This is the only site on the Internet where you can find complete contact information for all legal aid, legal services, and poverty law offices in the U.S.
Rural Womyn Zone
By and for rural women in the U.S. and in sisterhood with rural women worldwide. This website provides articles, discussion, chats, and email lists for rural women and advocates.
Stop Family Violence
Information on legislative activity regarding family violence and instructions on how to contact your legislators. Also provides an email list for updates on legislative activity.
The National Center for Victims of Crime
1-855-4-VICTIM (1-855-484-2846)(phone and text helpline)
The National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information, resources and advocacy for victims of all types of crime, as well as the people who serve them. The staff oversees a variety of programs including, but not limited to: the Stalking Resource Center, the Financial Crime Resource Center, the National Compassion Fund, the VictimConnect Resource Center and the DC Victim Hotline.
VAWnet Library is an online resource for advocates working to end domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violence in the lives of women and their children. VAWnet is a project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV).
Women's Rural Advocacy Programs
WRAP is a collective of five offices serving four counties in southwestern Minnesota. Their website provides domestic violence information and resources for survivors of violence in rural communities.
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