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Frequently Asked Questions

We are an online resource only. We do not provide direct or emergency assistance for persons experiencing violence; therefore, we do not provide counseling services, financial assistance, or legal advice. Our services are limited to electronic information delivery. Please contact your local service providers if you are seeking emergency assistance. (See Service Providers for more information).


Website Questions

How can I submit a bibliography/article/book review, etc?
How can I obtain more information about a resource I've located on your website?
How can I get copyright permission for an article that appears on your site?
Can we post a link to MINCAVA on our site?
Can MINCAVA link to our website?
Do you know that you have "dead links" on your site?

Technical Assistance Questions

What should I do if I'm not sure which category holds the information I'm looking for?
What is your e-mail address?
Can you send me everything you have on domestic violence?
Can you provide me with statistics for a particular state/city/country?
Do you provide grant money or research scholarships?

Victim/Survivor Questions

How can I find help for someone in an abusive relationship?
How can I find help for a child that I suspect is being abused?
How can I find service providers in my area?
Whom can I contact for custody and access information?
Where can I get my legal questions answered?
Is it safe for me to use e-mail or the internet to get help?


How can I submit a bibliography/article/book review, etc?

Submissions should be sent to us via e-mail preferrably in Word 6.0 or lower, though we can accept other formats as well.

Because it is our policy not to open unsolicited e-mail attachments, we will not open document attachments without a prior discussion. Please call or e-mail us ahead of time to let us know that you are sending information. You may call (612) 624-0721 or E-Mail Us.

You must also submit information about yourself—relevant professional background, current position, education, expertise related to topic, etc. We reserve the right to choose only those submissions that reflect the focus, scope and quality of our activities and documents.

A Copyright Release Form must be completed by the author(s) and sent to the MINCAVA office at the time of submission. This form can be faxed or mailed to the address listed below.

Minnesota Center Against Violence & Abuse
University of Minnesota
105 Peters Hall
1404 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108-6142
tel: (612) 624-0721
fax: (612) 625-4288
E-Mail us


How can I obtain more information about a topic I'm researching?

Everything we have is already posted on our website. The best way we can help you find more information about the topic you're researching is by giving you some tips on how to better use our site.

If you still have questions, contact us. Be specific in your request. If you are referring to a particular item that you located on our site, please include the URL (i.e. http://www.example.com/).


How can I get copyright permission for an article that appears on your site?

Material on this website is free for your use on the following conditions:

Cites in text should be cited in accordance with acceptable academic style and include the name of the article, author(s) name(s), publication date if available, and URL (http://www.example.com/), along with the date that the material was retrieved. It is important to use as complete a URL address as possible.

This is an example of an acceptable citation:

Edleson, Jeffrey L. (1995). "Do Batterers' Programs Work?" (retrieved from http://www.mincava.umn.edu/papers/battrx.htm, [retrieval date]).

Any other use of material on this website requires the written permission of the individual author.


Can MINCAVA link to our website?

Provide us with your organization's URL by going to our Submit Info page. After receiving your information, the Internet Content Coordinator will review the submission to determine its appropriateness for linking.

We reserve the right to choose only those submissions that reflect the focus, scope and quality of our activities and documents.


Can we post a link to MINCAVA on our site?

Yes. It is not necessary to request permission to link to our site.

If you are requesting a reciprocal link because you have posted a link to MINCAVA, please go to our Submit Info page to submit that request. We reserve the right to choose only those submissions that reflect the focus, scope and quality of our activities and documents.


Do you know that you have "dead links" on your site?

We complete a thorough review of our website on a weekly basis. However, it is possible that some of our links may be inactive inbetween these regular checks. If you come across a 'dead link', we would greatly appreciate a notification about that particular URL and if possible the error message that was received. Please e-mail us with that information.


What should I do if I'm not sure which category contains the information I'm looking for?

Use our search function. By doing this you are able to search the entire contents of the website. You can enter one or more search terms in the space given. Capitalization is ignored. Your search can contain phrases, names, keywords, authors, dates, etc.

Our search function is powered by Google and it will return results for the information you're looking for if it is located on our site.


What is your e-mail address?

We utilize an e-mail web form in lieu of providing direct access to our e-mail address. We have chosen to not publicly display our e-mail address to help ensure victim/survivor safety should they contact us via e-mail, as well as to prevent unsolicited e-mail (spam).


Can you send me everything you have on domestic violence?

Any information we have about a particular topic is available on our site. Requesting "everything" from us will usually result in a referral back to the contents of our website, or the websites of our affiliate projects.


Can you provide me with statistics for a particular state/city/country?

Any statistical informaiton we have related to a particular state/city/country could be found by completing a search of our site.

You might also consider contacting your state domestic violence and/or sexual assault coalition to determine if the information you are looking for is being tracked locally. A list of state coalitions can be found on the Office on Violence Against Women website.


Do you provide grant money or research scholarships?

No. For information about grants you might consider visiting http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/ovwgrantprograms.htm.


How can I find help for someone in an abusive relationship?

Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY). The Hotline staff can assist with contacting the appropriate services in your area.

These resources may also be helpful:


How can I find help for a child that I suspect is being abused?

Contact the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453 (1-800-4 A Child).


How can I find service providers in my area?

To find local resources in the USA, please call one of the following hotlines:

To locate service providers outside of the USA, please visit our Service Providers page for more information.


Whom can I contact for custody and access information?

You might consider reviewing the information located in our Organizations section and our Service Providers section.

Other resources include:


Where can I get my legal questions answered?

Try calling one or more of the following organizations for legal information or advice:

Also, your local domestic violence shelter or county sheriff's office/police department may be able to provide you with referrals to local legal resources.

If you're looking for information about obtaining a restraining order, you might consider reading State and U.S. Territory Full Faith and Credit Legislation and Registry Information. This document provides information about individual states' laws and policies regarding restraining orders.


Is it safe for me to use e-mail or the internet to get help?

Never send an e-mail that may endanger you if your abuser were to gain access to it. E-Mails are not secure electronic documents and can be traced.

If an abuser has access to your e-mail account, he or she may be able to read your e-mail. If you believe your account is secure, make sure you choose a password that is significant only to you. If someone knows how to access your computer's cache file (automatically saved web pages and graphics), he or she may be able to see information you have viewed recently on the internet (i.e. any organizations that you may be contacting for help). Also, please be aware that there is software available that covertly monitors a computer's every keystroke, site viewed, and chat held via the Internet.

Please review these resources for a more detailed explanation of Internet Safety and some tips for safely using the Internet:

If someone who is abusive to you has access to your computer, you may want to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7283), TDD 1-800-787-3224 instead of e-mailing any organization.

If you choose to e-mail an organization for assistance, these are some things to think about: