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AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women

added 09/18/2009

A collaborative project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, the Battered Women's Justice Project, and the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. AEquitas was created as a technical assistance and training provider to address the needs of prosecutors and allied professionals – particularly OVW grantees – who work on issues related to the prosecution of violence against women.

Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

added 01/08/1999

A statewide coalition located Juneau. The website features information on safety planning, legal issues, upcoming events, domestic violence and sexual assault.

Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

added 04/28/2011

The Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center works with abused Americans and their children in foreign countries to provide domestic violence and child abuse advocacy, resources and tools so that they can navigate the complicated jurisdictional, legal and social international landscapes, to be able to live their lives free of abuse either in the foreign country or back in the United States. This is achieved via an international toll free crisis line, 866-USWOMEN, accessible from 175 countries, serving a population estimated at 5.25 million American civilians overseas. To contact the toll-free crisis line from overseas, first dial your AT&T USADirect access number and at the prompt, enter our phone number: 866-USWOMEN (879-6636).

Artemis Center for Alternatives to Domestic Violence -- Children's and Domestic Violence Services Integration Project

added 06/04/2008

"Artemis Center provides early intervention, supportive services, and education for victims of domestic violence and their children."

Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence

added 10/08/2001

Works to eliminate domestic violence in Asian and 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; and deepening our understanding and analyses of the issues surrounding violence against women. Website includes resources and links on domestic violence and information on the organization.

ASISTA (Advanced Special Immigrant Survivors Technical Assistance)

added 05/05/2005

ASISTA is a collaboration between four nationally-recognized legal experts who work to provide comprehensive and cutting-edge technical assistance on the intersection between immigration and domestic violence law. Our purpose is to centralize, enhance and expand immigration assistance to frontline advocates and attorneys who provide legal assistance to immigrant victims.

Battered Women's Justice Project

added 03/22/2000

BWJP provides technical assistance for practitioners on policy issues related to the civil and criminal justice response to domestic violence, including use of the self-defense plea by battered women charged with crimes. Also provides information on the response of Native communities to domestic violence.

Board on Children, Youth, and Families

added 05/09/2002
National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Website. Addresses a variety of policy-relevant issues related to the health and development of children, youth, and families. Links to information about the Committee on Adolescent Health and Development, projects, publications, meetings, staff and contact information, frequently asked questions, an e-newsletter, and more.

Bureau of Justice Statistics Clearinghouse

added 09/16/2008

"BJS collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. "

California Partnership to End Domestic Violence

added 02/26/2007

Coalition representing the needs and interests of battered women and their children throughout the state of California. Website includes information about programs/projects, alliance news, legislation, links to resources, call to action, and employment.

Center for Health and Gender Equity

added 04/22/2002

Organization works to create changes in policy and program across the areas of family planning, sexually transmitted diseases and gender violence, and to advocate for development policies that promote women's rights and autonomy.

Center for Research on Violence Against Women

added 06/01/2004

The Center for Research on Violence Against Women was created in 2002 as a joint project of the University of Kentucky and the Office of the Kentucky Governor. The Center is committed to preparing students and advancing scientific inquiry into the legal and clinical complexities presented by domestic violence, rape, stalking and related crimes against women. The Center is dedicated to enhancing the welfare and safety of those impacted by these crimes through research, scholarship and public service.

Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System London Family Court Clinic

added 02/11/2000

The Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System of the London Family Court Clinic is a non-profit agency in London, Ontario, Canada, which advocates for the special needs of children and families involved in the justice system. Peter G. Jaffe, PhD, Executive Director
254 Pall Mall Street, Suite 200
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5P6
Tel: 519-679-7250

Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation - South Africa

added 07/22/1998

This Centre is a South African, non-governmental, multi-disciplinary unit concerned with policy formation, implementation, service delivery, education and training, and the provision of consultancy services. The Centre focuses on a wide range of violence-related issues.

Children Against Court Appointed Child Abuse CA3

added 12/31/2008

CA3 is an organization founded by adult Children who suffered Court Appointed Child Abuse and are trying to find their voices through ending CA-CA.

Commission on Human Rights

added 09/19/2001

UN Commission uses the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a yardstick to review observance of human rights worldwide, discuss reported violations, consider new ways to promote and protect human rights, and encourage countries to respect their populations' basic rights and freedoms. Website includes information on the UN Commission, U.S. Delegation, Statements and Press Releases, Human Rights Reports, Key Background Documents, and Useful Links.

Community Solutions for Children, Families, and Individuals, Inc. -- La Isla Pacifica

added 06/04/2008

A human service agency providing services in mental health, youth support, domestic violence and sexual assault, court and community referrals, and transitional housing for singe youth parents.

Dade County Domestic Violence Division

added 06/04/2008

Miami-Dade County has forged a cooperative effort between the court, government agencies, and those in the community who are committed to effectively addressing family violence through the justice system.

Domestic Abuse Counseling Center

added 06/30/1997

A non-profit organization whose mission is to end partner violence in western Pennsylvania through counseling abusers; collaborating with social service agencies, criminal justice systems, victim-advocate agencies, and health organizations; and promoting public awareness and education.

Dove, Inc., Domestic Violence Program

added 06/04/2008

Dove is a coalition of religious organizations, volunteers, and advocates that seeks to coordinate efforts to address unmet human needs and social injustices. Dove works for justice, equality and understanding among all people.

End Violence Against Women International

added 03/07/2010

EVAW works to improve the response of the criminal justice system and community professionals to violence against women. They provide education, training, and research, and promote multidisciplinary collaboration which enables responding professionals to better support victims and hold offenders accountable.

Family Violence Coalition

added 06/04/2008

"The Center offers hope and healing as it treats child abuse and domestic violence victims, providing long-term therapeutic support for them and their non-offending family members. The Center brings together a dedicated child abuse medical team, therapists, law enforcement, child welfare workers, prosecutors and domestic violence advocates to provide comprehensive treatment for these families and to hold perpetrators accountable."

Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law

added 06/04/2008

The Harriett Buhai Center provides family law and domestic violence assistance to low-income families in Los Angeles through the efforts of volunteer lawyers, paralegals and students.

Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence

added 06/14/2009
Legal Momentum, National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women, ASISTA, and Family Violence Prevention Fund

This special collection highlights the common experiences of immigrant women who are in abusive relationships, the legal protections and public benefits available, and practices and suggestions for increasing the effectiveness of services provided to immigrant women.

Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Resource Center

added 04/25/2003

ICADV is committed to the elimination of domestic violence through: providing public awareness and education; advocating for systemic and societal change; influencing public policy and allocation of resources; educating and strengthening coalition members; and, promoting the availability of comprehensive services.

Institute for Safe Families

added 03/07/2010

Institute for Safe Families programs focus on training and education, prevention, and policy activities that will better serve the needs of Philadelphia families and communities that are at risk for or are experiencing interpersonal violence.


added 02/19/2010

Offers information related to various types of crime prevention such as child abuse and domestic violence.

Legal Momentum

added 09/16/2008

"Legal Momentum is the nation's oldest legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the rights of women and girls. Our current program areas are: Employment and Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence (EHRVDV), Equality Works Program, Immigrant Women Program, National Judicial Education Program, and Sexuality and Family Rights Program."

Mandatory Reporting Database

added 07/11/2010

"This database provides state-by-state information about child and elder abuse mandatory reporting laws. It includes who is required to report, standards, definitions, and other reporting procedures."

Mending the Sacred Hoop

added 09/16/2008

Mending the Sacred Hoop is committed to strengthening the voice and vision of Native peoples. They work to end violence against Native women and children while restoring the safety, sovereignty, and sacredness of Native women. They work from a social change perspective that relies upon grassroots efforts to restore the leadership of Native women.


added 12/18/2009

MenEngage is a global alliance committed to research, interventions, and policy initiatives that engage men and boys to reduce gender inequalities and promote the health and well-being of women, men, and children.

Minnesota Women's Consortium

added 10/14/2008

"As a statewide collaboration of 160+ member organizations, the Consortium serves as a resource center to enhance equality and justice for women and children. The consortium helps women working for progressive social change stay in touch."

Ms. Foundation for Women

added 09/16/2008

"The Ms. Foundation delivers strategic grants, capacity building and leadership development to organizations at local, state, Tribal and national levels working for policy change and culture change across the broad areas of women’s health, economic justice, ending violence and building democracy."

National American Indian Court Judges Association

added 04/19/2000

The NAICJA is a non-profit organization primarily devoted to the support of Native American and Alaskan Native tribal justice sytems through education, information sharing, and advocacy.

National Center for Victims of Crime

added 02/23/1999

The National Center for Victims of Crime is the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. The National Center has worked with grassroots organizations and criminal justice agencies throughout the United States serving millions of crime victims.

National Center on Poverty Law

added 07/21/1998

Includes information about domestic violence. To access over 500,000 case pleadings and other documents from the Poverty Law Library, and to access Clearinghouse Review articles prior to 1997, you must subscribe to their site.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

added 09/03/1996

Grassroots non-profit organization providing a national network for state coalitions and local programs, national level public policy, technical assistance, community awareness campaigns, general information and referrals, and publications.

National Crime Victims Law Institute

added 02/11/2002

Organization is an educational organization dedicated to promoting a fair and balanced criminal justice system through legal education, legal scholarship, legal information resources and legal advocacy.

National Immigration Forum

added 09/16/2008

"The National Immigration Forum is the nation’s premier immigrant rights organization. The Forum advocates and builds public support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees and are fair to and supportive of newcomers to our country."

National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence

added 02/10/2000

The National Latino Alliance For the Elimination of Domestic Violence is a group committed to the findings of the 1997 National Symposium on La Violencia Domestica: An Emerging Dialogue Among Latinos. This website discusses their five initiatives, building the movement, policy, research, service provision/education/training, and community development, as well as posting a page of personal stories and weblinks.

National Network to End Domestic Violence

added 09/16/2008

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), a social change organization, is dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists. They also offer technical assistance training and engage in various advocacy projects.

National Organization for Women

added 05/20/1999

NOW's webpage posts information on many critical issues including violence against women. The page includes legislative updates, NOW actions, news reports, and information regarding other violence against women issues.

Office on Violence Against Women

added 12/16/1996

Information on violence against women, VAW laws and regulations, and federal grant programs, and hotline, service provider, and coalition information.

Ontario Women's Justice Network (OWJN)

added 03/26/2001

An online legal resource for women's organizations and individuals working on issues related to justice and violence against women and children. Website includes steps for taking action, justice issues, legal info, archive, and a list of resources including service providers.

Pace Women's Justice Center

added 03/28/2000

Pace Women's Justice Center, housed in the Pace University School of Law, is comprised of Pace law students and faculty, attorneys, and advocates dedicated to eradicating domestic violence and furthering the legal rights of women. The Pace Women's Justice Center is a training, resource and direct legal services center for New York metropolitan citizens.

Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center

added 06/04/2008

The Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center strives to deliver high quality legal services for at-risk and maltreated children, promote their healing and healthy development, and ensure that each foster child finds a permanent, loving home - whether this is with their biological family or a new family - as soon as possible.

South Asian Network

added 07/01/2010

A grassroots, community-based organization dedicated to advancing the health empowerment and solidarity of persons of South Asian origin in Southern California. Their work encompasses community outreach and education, direct service, and policy advocacy in five focus areas: immigration, public health, violence prevention, hate crime/discrimination and civil liberties.

State Child Welfare Policy Database

added 03/07/2010

Developed by Child Trends and sponsored by Casey Family Programs, this website provides state-by-state policy information on a range of child welfare topics. Visitors can access up-to-date information on individual state policies and can compare their own state's policies to those of other states.

Texas Council on Family Violence

added 02/13/2002

Working to end violence against women through partnerships, advocacy and direct services for women, children and men. Website includes family violence information, how to get help in Texas, men's nonviolence project, legislative and legal information, public relations, and more.

The Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF)

added 06/29/2010

AALDEF provides litigation, legal advocacy, and community education on behalf of victims of anti-Asian violence and police misconduct.

The Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action

added 02/05/2010

CAFRA is a regional network of feminists, individual researchers, activists and women’s organisations that define feminist politics as a matter of both consciousness and action. We are committed to understanding the relationship between the oppression of women and other forms of oppression in the society, and we are working actively for change.

The Global Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls

added 03/18/2010

An online resource in English, French and Spanish, designed to serve the needs of policymakers, programme implementers and other practitioners dedicated to addressing violence against women and girls. The primary purpose of the Global Virtual Knowledge Centre is to encourage and support evidence-based programming to more efficiently and effectively design, implement, monitor and evaluate initiatives to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls.

The Institute for Law and Justice: Domestic Violence Initiative

added 04/28/2003

The ILJ has collected references and organizational contacts which may be of practical or legal/educational use to families, justice professionals, or mental health and social service professionals.

The National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence

added 09/22/2005

The National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence provides training, consulting and advocacy. At the local, state, regional and national levels, the National Center promotes community collaboration as the model approach to problem solving for domestic and sexual violence issues. The National Center collaborates with law enforcement, legal system agencies, advocacy organizations, social service agencies, the military and other community entities to integrate their efforts to end domestic and sexual violence. In addition, the National Center’s award-winning website is a resource on a variety of issues related to violence against women.

The National Child Protection Training Center

added 07/07/2010

Located on the campus of Winona State University, this center focuses on training child protection professionals to be better prepared to recognize and report the abuse of a child through education, training, awareness, prevention, advocacy and the pursuit of justice.

The UN Secretary-General's database on violence against women

added 03/25/2009

The United Nations Secretary-General established a coordinated database on the extent, nature and consequences of all forms of violence against women, and on the impact and effectiveness of policies and programmes for, including best practices in, combating such violence.

Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

added 06/04/2008

"The Vermont Network works with a wide range of partners to make Vermont a place where victims and survivors are safe and supported and where domestic and sexual violence can no longer thrive."

Violence Against Women and Family Violence Program (VAWFV)

added 05/18/1999

This Research and Evaluation program is one of many initiatives supported by the Office of Research and Evaluation of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). The mission of the VAWFV program is to promote the safety of women and family members, and to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system's response to these crimes.

Violence Against Women Office, U.S. Department of Justice

added 09/17/2008
US Department of Justice

The mission of the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is to provide federal leadership to reduce violence against women, and to administer justice for and strengthen services to all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This is accomplished by developing and supporting the capacity of state, local, tribal, and non-profit entities involved in responding to violence against women.

Violence Against Women Online Resources

added 11/05/1998

Violence Against Women Online Resources is an extension of the Violence Against Women Grants Office. This site is devoted to providing law, criminal justice, advocacy, and social service professionals with up-to-date information on interventions to stop violence against women. The site contains many downloadable documents about violence against women.

Violence Prevention Alliance

added 09/09/2009

The Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA) is a network of WHO Member States, international agencies and civil society organizations working to prevent violence. VPA participants share an evidence-based public health approach that targets the risk factors leading to violence and promotes multi-sectoral cooperation.


added 07/11/2010

An organization based in the UK, that helps women in developing countries find their voices through legal advocacy around violence and poverty.

Women's Justice Center

added 12/18/2000

Provides advocacy for victims of rape, domestic violence, and child abuse, particularly in the Latina and other under served communities of Sonoma County. Provides advocacy training and community education. Coordinates the Task Force on Women in Policing with the goal of increasing the number of women and minorities in our law enforcement agencies. Website inludes a bilingual web forum where victims, activists, advocates, and professionals can communicate with each other on any and all aspects of violence against women and children.
Service region: advocacy in Sonoma County, California.

Women's Justice Center of the Pace University School of Law

added 05/25/2010

A training, resource and direct legal services center that develops strategies with community partners for recognizing and eradicating abuse.

Women's Law Project

added 05/25/2010

The Women's Law Project works to create a more just and equitable society for women through advocacy, education, and litigation.


added 02/18/2000

This is the United Nations Internet gateway on the advancement and empowerment of Women. Here you can learn about the work of the United Nations entities and inter-governmental and treaty bodies that deal with the advancement and empowerment of women and about international instruments on women's rights, as well as find information about UN conferences, statistical data, and UN appointments.