Getting Free From Violence Against Women

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For far too many women violence and danger are their constant companions. Despite concerted efforts to eradicate domestic violence, data indicates that intimate partner violence continues to pose a clear and present danger to the health and well-being of countless persons. Social science research indicates that one (1) in four (4) women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. [i] Indigent women are more vulnerable.

On average, more than three (3) women a day are murdered by their intimate partners in our country [ii]. Annually, women experience an estimated two (2) million women injuries resulting from an abusive relationship.[iii] Women who are between the ages of 20-24 years old are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.[iv] Research indicates that most incidents of domestic violence are not reported to the police. [v] The dearth of safe, decent, affordable housing causes many poor women to confront the unenviable choice of homelessness or remaining in a home plagued by violence and turmoil resulting from domestic violence.

If someone you know is being abused, the National Domestic Violence Hotline recommends that you do the following:

Listen to the victim. Tell the victim, “I believe you.”

Acknowledge the abuse and that the behavior is inappropriate. Tell the victim, “No one deserves to be abused.”

Respect the victim’s choices. Tell the victim, “It’s important for you to make decisions that are best for you.”

Be supportive—if the victim wants to file a police report and/or a restraining order offer to accompany them. Tell the victim, “You are NOT alone.”

Provide encouragement to the victim that might be feeling hopeless. Tell the victim, “The National Domestic Violence Hotline is anonymous and confidential and provides information and referrals. You could call them for help.”

Domestic violence thrives on apathy and ignorance. It can be eradicated with an equal amount of conscience, mind, heart, and collective action. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, here is a list of additional ways that you can help eradicate domestic: share domestic violence resources with a victim of abuse; volunteer at a domestic violence agency; speak out against domestic violence; donate money and/or items to your local domestic violence organization; donate your old cell telephone and its accessories via Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine; and encourage your community to support domestic violence services as well as hold perpetrators accountable for their illegal behavior.

Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence:

National Domestic Violence Hotline: http://www.ndvh.org

National Network to End Domestic Violence:http://www.nnedv.org

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:http://www.ncadv.org

Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence Family Violence Prevention Fund

U.S. Department of Justice Violence Against Women Office http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/vawo/

Battered Women’s Justice Project

Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence

National Resource Center on DV

Domestic Violence Shelter Tour

National Battered Women’s Law Project

Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence: http://www.acadv.org/

Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault:www.andvsa.org/

Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence:http://www.azacadv.org/

Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence:ssigmon@arkansas.net

Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (in California)

Statewide California Coalition for Battered Women

California Alliance Against Domestic Violence
Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence ccadv@ix.netcom.com

Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence

DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence: http://www.dccadv.org

My Sister’s Place (in Washington D.C.)

Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and Children

Georgia Coalition on Family Violence, Inc.

Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Life Span 24-hr crisis line

Friends of Battered Women and Their Children info@afriendsplace.org

Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Kansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence (in Kansas only)

Kentucky Domestic Violence Association http://www.kdva.org/

Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence http://www.mcedv.org

Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence

Jane Doe Inc. /Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Bay County Women’s Center

Michigan 24-hour crisis line

Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women http://www.mcbw.org

Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Missouri Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Women’s Support and Community Services

Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Nebraska Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition

Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence SAFE House

New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women

New Mexico State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Legal helpline: nmcadv@nmcadv.org

New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence

North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services

Ohio Domestic Violence Network

Action Ohio Coalition for Battered Women

Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence http://www.ocadsv.com

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence/National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Puerto Rico Coordinadora Paz Para la Mujer, Inc.

Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault http://www.sccadvasa.com

Tennessee Task Force Against Domestic Violence

Texas Council on Family Violence

Utah Domestic Violence Advisory Council

Women Helping Battered Women (in Vermont)

Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault vnadvsao@sover.net

Virginians Against Domestic Violence

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence wscadv@cco.net

Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline

Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence

West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault http://www.wcadv.org

Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

International Organizations Human Rights Watch, Womenights Project

United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNEFEM)

Source(s): Some of these resources are excerpted from “Not to People Like Us” Hidden Abuse in Upscale Marriages by Susan Weitzman, Ph.D.

[i] Tjaden, Patricia & Thoennes, Nancy, National Institute of Justice and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 1993, “Extent, Nature and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey,” (2000).

[ii] U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the United States, December 2006.

[iii] CDC. Adverse Health Conditions & Health Risk: Behaviors Associated with Intimate Partner Violence. 2008. Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report, February 8, 2008.

[iv] U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the United States, December 2006.

[v] Frieze, I.H., Browne, A. (1989). Violence in Marriage. In L.E. Ohlin & M.H. Tonry (eds.) Family Violence, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Sources: Listed above including but not limited to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Photo credit: Microsoft Clip Art

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