Domestic Violence Resources and Tips for Victims and Survivors
A Guide to Legal Aid and Additional Resources for Survivors of Domestic Violence
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in four women and one in nine men will experience some form of domestic abuse in their lives. The NCADV estimates that approximately 20 people are physically abused by their romantic partner every minute in the United States.
The World Health Organization has also found that domestic abuse against women increases in frequency during difficult and stressful global emergencies such as pandemics.
It is vital that everyone is aware of their options when it comes to recognizing, addressing, and escaping an abusive situation. Furthermore, comprehensive resources on the topic must be widely available to the public, considering the prevalence of this type of violence.
While an abusive situation can be difficult to navigate, there are many resources available for survivors of abuse who are looking for a safe way out.
How to Safely Escape an Abuser
If you have chosen to leave an abusive situation, it is important to reach out to your support network, create a plan, and ensure that you are prioritizing your safety throughout the process. The specifics of what your escape plan looks like will largely depend on your unique circumstances.
How To Create a Safety Plan
It is important to get yourself out of an abusive situation as quickly as possible with consideration for your safety. However, by creating a specific, actionable safety plan, you can improve your chances of escaping safely with valuable evidence and assets. Common elements of an effective safety plan include:
- Documenting and collecting evidence of the abuse;
- Discreetly saving money;
- Reaching out to trusted friends and family members;
- Researching national, state, and local resources;
- Speaking to an attorney;
- Making an extra set of keys;
- Having mail or communications directed to an alternative address or device;
- Compiling important documents and ensuring they are easily accessible;
- Teaching your children code words to hide or get help;
- Ensuring that your children are aware of escape routes, hiding places, and how to dial 911;
- Informing trusted individuals at your child's school or daycare about the situation;
- Adjusting your privacy settings on your devices and social media;
- Ensuring that your location, communications, and online activities aren't being tracked or recorded;
- Asking your neighbors to be on alert if it is safe to do so;
- Informing trusted individuals at your place of work about the situation;
- Never letting the abuser take you to a remote area;
- Subtly creating a go-bag of overnight essentials, medications, valuable documents, and any other important items for a quick escape.
As much as possible, is vital to ensure that your abuser is not aware of your plans or any changes in behavior. If you have obtained a protective or restraining order, give a copy to your employer and your child's school or daycare, along with a photo of your abuser.
Documents To Prepare
Keep copies of important documents in a safe location or keep them all in an easily accessible place. You should gather the following documents as needed in preparation for your escape:
- Government-issued identification cards;
- Health insurance cards;
- Green cards;
- Work permits
- Birth certificates;
- Social Security cards;
- Pay stubs;
- Recent tax returns;
- Property titles and deeds;
- Immunization records;
- Proof of insurance;
- Court-issued documents;
- Lists of usernames, passwords, and other account information;
- Documentation of abuse.
It is important to gather applicable documents for both you and your children.
What To Do After Escaping an Abusive Situation
There are steps you can take to further ensure the safety and well-being of you and your family after your escape. Depending on your unique situation, these steps may include:
- Ensuring that your friends and family are aware of the situation;
- Avoiding discussion with people who may try to lure you back into the situation;
- Notifying your neighbors, your workplace, and your children's school or daycare about the situation;
- Ensuring that everyone is aware that your children are not to be allowed to go with anyone but you or a designated friend or family member;
- Reaching out to a lawyer about securing legal aid;
- Reporting the abuse to the local police;
- Reaching out to an organization for domestic abuse survivors;
- Ensuring that your abuser doesn't know where you are living;
- Carefully locking and securing your living space;
- Using only cash for payment;
- Changing important usernames and passwords;
- Establishing ground rules for safety with your children, family, and friends;
- Ensuring that there isn't any spyware or any other means of tracking installed on your devices or attached to your vehicle;
- Establishing check-in times with trusted friends and family;
- Changing your daily routine so it is harder to anticipate your location.
It is important to find the right lawyer as you navigate this situation, as they can help you secure further protection.
How To Find Legal Aid as a Survivor of Domestic Abuse
To find effective legal support, you should take the following steps:
- Consult any domestic abuse survivor resources that you are in contact with;
- If you have already consulted a lawyer, ask them about other legal resources and specialists for domestic abuse survivors in the area;
- Use online search tools to help you find accessible legal resources;
- Research any legal resources that may be offered at reduced cost in your area;
- Reach out to trusted family, friends, and fellow survivors about your search for legal representation;
- Contact your local bar association;
- Check out reviews for attorneys that seem promising;
- Shop around and ask questions;
- Find a lawyer who shows genuine interest in your case.
It is important to keep in mind that resources do exist to help survivors of domestic abuse secure legal aid. Therefore, you should always explore your options even if you think you can't afford them.
Legal Actions That Domestic Abuse Survivors Can Pursue
Depending on your circumstances and desired goals, there are many legal avenues that you may pursue to escape your abuser and build a new life. The specifics of these options may slightly differ depending on your location, but your attorney will be able to help you navigate any concerns or particulars.
Divorce proceedings are common during or following an escape from a domestic abuse scenario. By divorcing an abusive spouse, you can reduce your contact further, gain control of important assets, and create further legal documentation of their abuse. The details of each divorce settlement will depend on your unique circumstances, the assets involved, and the court's findings.
If you live in a state that allows you to file for a fault-based divorce, your spouse may be forced to surrender additional assets and rights (such as child custody rights) if they are found to be at fault. It is important to note that even in states where divorce proceedings default to a no-fault filing, there are sometimes exceptions in the case of domestic abuse.
Furthermore, in cases of domestic abuse, the judge may take extra steps to ensure the safety of the victim. For example, they may issue a protective order, or they may enter a "pre-filing order" to prevent vexatious litigation. Some states include an automatic temporary restraining order (ATRO) with every divorce petition.
Child Custody and Child Support
If you and your spouse have a child together, custody considerations and parameters will likely be a significant concern throughout the divorce process. It is important that domestic abuse survivors pursue options for removing both themselves and their children from an abusive situation, while also securing the resources needed to properly care for these dependents.
If a court acknowledges a parent's guilt regarding domestic abuse, this will typically have a significant impact on custody evaluation. The other parent or another guardian may win full custody or the abusive party may lose parental rights altogether. Many factors concerning the child's wellbeing will be taken into consideration when the court determines what custody arrangement will be appropriate.
Protective Orders and Restraining Orders
In some states, an ATRO is automatically issued with any divorce petition. However, a judge may issue additional protective orders as they see fit according to the details and outcome of the case. The survivor may also file a petition for protective orders in advance of divorce proceedings, or may file to extend an existing protective order before its expiration.
Personal Injury Claims
Domestic abuse survivors may be able to sue their abuser in civil court for various losses related to the abuse. You can sue for compensation related to factors such as medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and emotional distress. You can pursue personal injury claims related to domestic abuse before, during, or after divorce proceedings.
Additional Assistance for Survivors of Domestic Abuse
There is a wide range of assistance available to survivors of domestic abuse. The descriptions and information for these resources were taken directly from the websites that correspond to the hyperlinks associated with the listed assets. These resources include:
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: People experiencing abuse can use this phone number or live chat to find confidential support.
- The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: This organization provides information to victims of domestic violence, as well as to members of the public who may be interested in combating domestic violence.
- Domestic Violence Resource Network: This is a coalition of organizations dedicated to providing information, funding, and services to survivors of domestic abuse.
- Legal Services Corporation: This organization provides funding for legal services aimed at supporting domestic abuse survivors.
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): This federally-funded program offers financial assistance to families in need, including survivors of domestic abuse.
- SafeHouse Center: This organization offers a range of emergency services to survivors of domestic abuse.
U.S. Territories and Washington, D.C.
- Washington, D.C.: DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Guam: Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence
- Puerto Rico: Coordinadora Paz para la Mujer (Puerto Rico)
- St. Croix (United States Virgin Islands): Women's Coalition of St. Croix
- Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence: The ACADV serves domestic violence survivors statewide through shelters and a 24-hour crisis line.
- AshaKiran: AshaKiran provides confidential, culturally sensitive services to foreign-born individuals experiencing crisis. "AshaLine" Hopeline is a 24-hour crisis line providing volunteers to provide support and culturally specific services and referrals.
- Crisis Center, Inc.: The Crisis Center operates the Sexual Assault Support Services and the Crisis Intervention and Prevention services on the United Way of Central Alabama's Campus, Mental Health Services are operated through our Representative Payee Program at the McCoy Center west of downtown Birmingham, and the Recovery Resource Center provides recovery support services from Cooper Green Mercy Hospital.
The descriptions and information for these resources were taken directly from the websites that correspond to the hyperlinks associated with the listed assets.
- Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault: The Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) is a state-wide program. ANDVSA works to connect and support all victim service agencies in Alaska. Providing training, education, prevention programming, legislative and policy advocacy, and creating networks of resources. ANDVSA provides legal information and referrals.
- Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault - Alaska Department of Public Safety: Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault provides safety for Alaskans victimized or impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault through a system of statewide crisis intervention, and perpetrator accountability prevention services.
- Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project: Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project conducts research, develops domestic violence training curricula, and provides multidisciplinary training and technical assistance on family violence for health and social service providers, public health professionals, and communities across Alaska.
The descriptions and information for these resources were taken directly from the websites that correspond to the hyperlinks associated with the listed assets.
- Arizona Coalition To End Sexual & Domestic Violence: Legal advocacy hotline in English and Spanish; online sexual & domestic violence library; safety planning; list of shelters and other services within Arizona.
- Chrysalis: Provides shelter, counseling, support, and case management to women, men, & children who are victims of Domestic Violence.
- Stepping Stones Agencies: Northern Arizona's first shelter for women and their children. We provide a blend of therapeutic & advocacy responses to women and their children seeking help from many forms of abuse, victimization, and homelessness.
The descriptions and information for these resources were taken directly from the websites that correspond to the hyperlinks associated with the listed assets.
- Arkansas Statewide Domestic Violence 24-Hour Hotline: (501) 376-3219. Toll-free: (800) 332-4443.
- Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Organization working to promote quality services statewide and to expand services so that every victim of domestic violence in Arkansas may obtain needed assistance such as advocacy and a safe environment, while restoring the victim's sense of dignity, power, control, and self-advocacy.
- Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault: A statewide coalition of individuals and organizations working together toward the elimination of sexual violence and advocating for sexual assault victims' rights and services.
- California Partnership to End Domestic Violence: The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence does not provide direct services to survivors of domestic violence but can provide referrals to local service providers, shelters, legal services, and more.
- Children of the Night: Children of the Night is a privately funded non-profit organization established in 1979 with the specific purpose to provide intervention in the lives of children who are sexually exploited and vulnerable to or involved in prostitution and pornography.
- Two Feathers Native American Family Services: Services for the Native American community include: women's program, social work services, emergency services, transportation, advocacy programs, therapy, children's program, education, and information and referrals.
- Violence Free Colorado: Not a direct service organization, but has domestic violence resources listed for every county in Colorado.
- Colorado Address Confidentiality Program: The Colorado Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) is a statewide program that provides survivors of domestic violence, sexual offenses, and/or stalking with a legal substitute address for interacting with all state and local government agencies.
- Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Not a direct service organization, but has sexual abuse resources listed by county in Colorado. Bilingual website (English/Spanish).
- Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance: The Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA) is committed to fairness and healing for crime victims, their families and communities through leadership, education, and advocacy.
- Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) is Connecticut's leading voice for victims of domestic violence and those agencies that serve them.
- Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence: Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence (CAESV) works across the board to prevent sexual violence. From taking measures to increase awareness and understanding, to providing training to individuals and communities looking to meet the needs of survivors, CAESV is working to end sexual abuse and violence.
- Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund: The Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) is a not-for-profit state entity that advocates and empowers women and girls in Connecticut, especially, those who are marginalized and excluded. CWEALF provides information about the legal rights of women and girls as well as providing resources and individual support while navigating the judicial system.
- Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCADV) conducts public education efforts, training and prevention initiatives, and systems advocacy. DCADV works closely with the criminal justice, health care, education, advocacy, and social service communities to facilitate the creation of effective policies and programs for victims, survivors and their children.
- Children and Families First: Children and Families First locations throughout Delaware in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties. Various services include healthy parenting classes, rise up from welfare programs, counseling, and other programs that help ensure child safety.
- Latin American Community Center (Bilingual): Latin American Community Center provides counseling and various support services to victims of domestic violence and their children. Bilingual services are available in English/Spanish. Serving residents of all counties.
- Florida Domestic Violence Hotline: Hotline: (800) 500-1119 or (800) 621-4202 (TTY)
Florida Domestic Violence Hotline is a statewide, trilingual service provided 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Services include support and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence and their friends and family. Florida Domestic Violence Hotline advocates connect survivors to their local certified center for shelter, support groups, outreach, and ongoing advocacy.
- Florida Department of Children and Families
- Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence: The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence provides a 24-hour crisis hotline, programs that assist with transitional housing, training programs for advocates, and public policy work.
- Ahimsa House: Ahimsa House provides a 24-hour hotline, assistance to domestic violence victims, including pets in safety planning and protective orders, emergency safe housing, and veterinary care for pets while their owners stay at a domestic violence shelter, and other services. These services are available anywhere in Georgia.
- Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault: GNSEA provides assistance finding help for sexual assault victims. Their website can help victims connect with the closest rape crisis center. They also provide information about Rape Trauma Syndrome.
- Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (HSCADV) engages communities and organizations to end domestic violence through education, advocacy, and action for social justice. HSCADV is a private, not-for-profit organization and is a statewide partnership of domestic violence programs and shelters.
- Child & Family Services: The division for Child & Family Services from the Department of Health provides statewide services throughout multiple locations. Resources for sexual assault and/or domestic violence victims are available on website.
- Domestic Violence Action Center: The Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC) provides immediate statewide services and support to individuals who are in crisis as a result of intimate partner violence. Crisis support services are free of charge and the helpline operates Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. You can expect to talk to a trained person about your situation. Other services include: court accompaniment, advocacy, legal helpline, legal representation, risk assessments, safety plans, and referrals.
- Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence: Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence (IDVSA) does not provide direct service to victims of domestic violence. IDVSA prevents, intervenes, and responds to domestic violence, dating abuse, stalking, and sexual assault by empowering survivors and individuals through informative resources. IDVSA offers information and available resources specific to these issues as well as education on how to create healthy relationships and communities.
- Women's and Children's Alliance: WCA Women's Crisis Center provides safe housing and supportive services to four counties in Idaho to individuals impacted by domestic violence or sexual assault. Their services include emergency and transitional housing, personal case management, financial empowerment courses, safety planning, therapy and support, court advocacy, rape crisis advocacy, and online educational resources.
- Idaho Council on Domestic Violence: Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance (ICDVVA) does not directly work with victims. ICDVVA funds, promotes, and connects quality services to victims of domestic violence. ICDVVA identifies domestic violence and educates victims' rights while also providing local resources such as shelters and programs that advocate for victims of domestic violence.
- Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-877-863-6338. You may also call the Illinois Domestic Violence hotline. This 24-hour hotline is toll-free and confidential. They can give you referrals to a shelter or other services close to you.
- Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence provides resources and training to end violence against women and children.
- Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault: The Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) is a not-for-profit corporation of 29 community-based sexual assault crisis centers working together to end sexual violence. Each center provides 24-hour crisis intervention services, counseling and advocacy for victims of sexual assault and their significant others.
- Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
- Unidos Wisconsin: UNIDOS provides statewide programs that empower the community to break the cycle of domestic violence, end sexual assault and promote healthy family systems.
- Indiana Legal Services, Inc: Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) is a not-for-profit law firm and the largest provider of free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income people throughout the state of Indiana. ILS helps clients who are faced with legal problems that harm their ability to have such basics as food, shelter, income, medical care, or personal safety. Most of the cases ILS handles are cases such as family law where there is domestic violence, housing, consumer law, access to health care, and access to government benefits. ILS does not handle any criminal matters.
- Iowa Statewide Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1-800-770-1650
- Iowa Statewide Sexual Abuse Hotline: (800) 284-7821
- Iowa Coalition against Domestic Violence: The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence seeks to engage all people in a movement to change the social and political systems that perpetuate violence against women. They do this through education, advocacy, and quality services.
- Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault: The Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA) connects sexual assault agencies across the state and helps provide resources, tools, and training to advocates who serve survivors of sexual violence.
- Kansas Statewide Crisis Hotline: 24-hour hotline: (888) 363-2287. Phone: (800) 787-3224.
Kansas Crisis Hotline provides assistance to victims of domestic violence. Services include: a 24-hour hotline, safety planning, and information and referrals to local domestic violence programs for assistance.
- Kansas Coalition against Sexual & Domestic Violence: Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) is a leading voice in Kansas on sexual and domestic violence. KCSDV enhances response and prevention efforts through training, public policy advocacy, and support to professionals and local crisis centers.
- Kansas Department of Corrections Office of Victim Services
- Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence: The Kentucky Domestic Violence Association's goal is to create awareness and help combat domestic violence in Kentucky.
- Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs
- The Center for Women and Families
- Louisiana Statewide 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: (888) 411-1333
The Louisiana Statewide Hotline allows victims and survivors of domestic abuse to call one number and be routed to a domestic violence service provider in their area. The hotline is free, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence:The Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCADV) member programs provide direct assistance to victims of domestic violence across the state of Louisiana. LCADV website provides a list of all parishes with individual resources available to provide services to victims of domestic abuse.
- Oasis a Safe Haven - Domestic Violence Program: Oasis a Safe Haven, formerly known as Calcasieu Women's Shelter, offers services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Services include: crisis intervention and peer advocacy, a 24-hour crisis hotline, residential services, a children's program, legal advocacy, and community education.
- Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence: The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence works to end domestic abuse, dating abuse, stalking, elder abuse, and commercial sex trafficking.
- Hope & Justice Project: The Hope & Justice Project (formerly called the Battered Women's Project) helps people whose family and dating relationships are affected by abuse and violence by providing prevention education and training, encouraging and supporting safe, joyful relationships, encouraging community members to recognize and understand the nature of abuse and violence, help to repair the harm done, and change social conditions that tolerate and foster violence.
- Caring Unlimited: Caring Unlimited is York County's Domestic Violence Resource Center offering direct support and safety planning services to anyone impacted by domestic violence, along with prevention education, training, and professional consultation.
- Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence: Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV) promotes awareness and prevention of domestic violence by providing a statewide Helpline for survivors. MNADV also provides national, statewide, and local domestic violence training, technical assistance, and monitors state legislation.
- Tahirih Justice Center: The Tahirih Justice Center primarily provides services to immigrant women and girls who have been victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking. Clients do not have to be United States citizens. Services include free immigration, family, and civil legal services, forced marriage protection, social services, policy advocacy (domestic and sexual violence, gender-based asylum, fair immigration laws, and more), and training and education.
- Asian Pacific Islander DV Resource Project: The Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) provides services to survivors and victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
- Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence / Jane Doe, Inc.: Jane Doe Inc. (JDI), the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, is a membership organization that works to create social change, advocates for responsive public policy, promote collaboration, and raise public awareness, provide support to coalition's members that provide comprehensive prevention and intervention services, and make an impact on public opinion concerning the issue of sexual and domestic violence.
- Massachusetts Office for Victims Assistance (Boston Office): Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) offers assistance to victims of crimes, witnesses, their family members, and direct victim service providers. Victim Services and Resources provides assistance to crime victims and connects them with local providers.
- SafeLink Domestic Violence Hotline: SafeLink is the Massachusetts statewide domestic violence hotline and is operated by Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc. in Boston. The hotline advocates are bilingual in English and Spanish and have access to services that can provide translation in more than 130 languages. SafeLink's services include: safety planning resources; a safe and confidential space in which to talk; a direct connection to domestic violence programs across Massachusetts; referrals to local domestic violence and other community resources; support and resources for anyone who is concerned about a victim of domestic violence, and information about domestic and dating violence.
- State of Michigan Domestic Violence Hotline: Call: 1-866-VOICEDV. Text: 877-861-0222. TTY: 517-898-5533
- State of Michigan Sexual Violence Hotline: Call: 855-VOICES4. Text: 866-238-1454. TTY: 517-381-8470.
- Michigan Coalition To End Domestic & Sexual Violence: The Michigan Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence is a statewide membership organization whose members represent a network of more than 70 domestic and sexual violence programs and over 200 allied organizations and individuals.
- Violence Free Minnesota: The Michigan Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence is a statewide membership organization whose members represent a network of more than 70 domestic and sexual violence programs and over 200 allied organizations and individuals.
- The Minnesota Day One Crisis Hotline: The Minnesota Day One Crisis Hotline connects victims and survivors to shelters statewide and access to services. A Live Chat Line is also available.
- Standpoint: Standpoint provides support, training, over-the-phone advocacy, and legal advice free of charge, regardless of income.
- State of Mississippi Domestic Violence Hotline: Call: 1-800-898-3234.
- Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence (MCADV) assists victims with referrals to local domestic violence shelters and maintains information on domestic violence programs and services within Mississippi and provides statistics, resources, and information free upon request.
- Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault
- Missouri Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence: the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence provides opportunities to engage in and meaningfully address domestic and sexual violence issues at a statewide level. MCADSV also serves as a public resource for information on domestic and sexual violence, as well as a link to service providers in the state. See their website for a map of providers by region.
- Missouri Victim Assistance Network: The Missouri Victim Assistance Network (MOVA) is a network of individuals from across the state of Missouri who come together to work toward creating a community responsive to crime victims. The Network works to promote change in the criminal justice system. MOVA provides a list of national hotlines for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and teen dating.
- Crime Victims' Compensation Program: The Crime Victims' Compensation Program is for victims of all crimes. The Program financially assists people who have sustained physical or psychological injury as a result of a violent crime by paying for reasonable medical and counseling expenses as well as lost wages if the victim was gainfully employed on the crime date.
- Montana Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence: The Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence supports and connects the direct service victim advocacy programs operating in all 56 counties and serves as a voice for Montana survivors and advocates in the public policy arena. MCADSV does not provide direct services except for the Sexual Assault Legal Services Program (SALS), which provides direct legal services for survivors of sexual assault. SALS can educate survivors about potential legal remedies and provide legal representation where appropriate.
- Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence: The Coalition provides information, support, and guidance. Works to increase public awareness and community involvement to support efforts to change policies that perpetuate violence against women and children.
- Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence: Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCEDSV) provides statewide advocacy, education, and support of the front-line organizations that help those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. NCEDSV supports Nevada's direct-service organizations that help serve victims and their families. Support is provided for member organizations by offering resources, assistance in finding financial resources to maintain program operations, and providing educational opportunities for members' staff, board members, and volunteers, ensuring they have access to best practices. NCEDSV's purpose is to advocate for change, educate our communities, and support organizations.
- Crime Victim Compensation Information: The Nevada Victims of Crime Program (VOCP) is dedicated to providing immediate financial assistance to victims of violent crimes that occur in Nevada.
- New Hampshire Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline (24 hours): Hotline: 1-866-644-3574
- New Hampshire Statewide Sexual Assault Hotline (24 hours): Hotline: 1-800-277-5570
- New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence: The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence does not provide direct services to victims, but supports the victim services work done by our individual member programs located in communities throughout the state. We are an umbrella organization that provides technical and financial support to 13 member agencies that provide services to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. Member agency services are free, confidential, and available to all victims regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, or financial status.
- Women's Information Service (WISE)
- Starting Point: Services for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence
- Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline: Hotline: 1-800-572-SAFE (7233)
Operates 24/7 365 days per year. Provides confidential information to victims of domestic violence and others seeking information about domestic violence. Services are offered in Spanish and accessible for deaf and hearing-impaired victims.
- New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence: The New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV) is a statewide coalition of domestic violence service programs and concerned individuals whose purpose and mission is to end domestic violence in New Jersey. NJCEDV performs its work through advocacy for survivors of domestic violence; collaboration with state agencies and its member programs; education and training; and technical assistance for its members and the community.
- New Jersey Division on Women: Provides comprehensive information, referrals, active listening and crisis response for issues confronting New Jersey residents, including but not limited to legal assistance and social services. Translation services are available to victims who do not speak English.
- New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence: The Coalition serves as a clearinghouse for information and referrals. We collaborate with agencies and advocates in the areas of program development, public policy, education and funding proposals.
- Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women: CSVANW brings together Native advocates working in Indian communities in New Mexico to provide assistance and support to Native women who have been battered or sexually assaulted.
- New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
- New York State Domestic Violence Hotline: Hotline: 1-800-942-6906. In NYC: 1-800-621-HOPE (4673) or dial 311. TTY: 1-866-604-5350
- New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence: The New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) provides training, support, technical assistance, and advocacy to local direct service domestic violence programs across New York State. NYSCADV is not a direct service provider and is not equipped to provide 24-hour crisis support.
- NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault:
- New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault: NYSCASA does not provide direct rape crisis services to victims. It is a coalition that serves and assists rape crisis programs, which do provide direct services - and these local rape crisis centers are listed on the NYSCASA website. NYSCASA also provides training, consultation, and technical assistance to campuses, workplaces, student groups, etc. On their website, they have a variety of fact sheets, informational brochures, and other free resources on sexual violence topics for the general public.
- North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Works with local domestic violence organizations throughout North Carolina. Programs include technical assistance; training events; evaluation; prevention; public awareness; legal empowerment and advocacy; diversity; child advocacy; and coordinated community response.
- North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Works with local sexual assault organizations throughout North Carolina. Programs include training and education; advocacy; and legislation.
- Kiran: Kiran is a not-for-profit organization that serves and empowers South Asian victims of domestic violence across North Carolina.
- CAWS North Dakota: North Dakota Council On Abused Women's Services (CAWS) is the statewide sexual and domestic violence coalition.
- Ohio Domestic Violence Network: ODVN's purpose is to support and strengthen Ohio's response to domestic violence through training, public awareness, and technical assistance and to promote social change through the implementation of public policy. You can call them to get the phone number for your local domestic violence shelter, to request safety plans, brochures, and other clearinghouse print materials, or to borrow educational materials from our library about domestic violence.
- ACTION OHIO Coalition for Battered Women
- Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence
- Oklahoma Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline: Hotline: 800-522-SAFE (7233)
- Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault: The mission of the Oklahoma Coalition against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is to organize and mobilize member programs to prevent and eliminate sexual and domestic violence and stalking in the State of Oklahoma and in Indian Country.
- VINE - Oklahoma's VINE - Oklahoma's Criminal Tracking & Victim Notification System: OK VINE, is a service provided by the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office in conjunction with law enforcement agencies across the state. This free, confidential service offers Oklahomans the ability to register and be notified about changes in the custody status of inmates within Oklahoma's 77 county jails and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Notification is available via email or telephone through this automated service 7 days a week, 24-hours a day. OK VINE does not provide notification regarding the pardon and parole process. That information is available by calling the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board at (405) 602-5863.
- Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence: Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (OCADSV) provides training, research, and leadership promoting survivor-centered, trauma-informed advocacy for survivors of abuse throughout Oregon.
- Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence: The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) is a network of 60 local domestic violence programs that provide free and confidential direct services to nearly 90,000 victims and survivors of domestic violence and their children in all 67 counties of the Commonwealth. You can find your local domestic violence program in Pennsylvania on their website, as well as resources and information about domestic violence.
- Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
- State of Pennsylvania Department of Human Services - Domestic Violence Crisis & Prevention
- Rhode Island Statewide Helpline: (800) 494-8100
- Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence: The RICADV's network of member agencies provides a wide array of services for victims, including emergency shelter, support groups, counseling services, and assistance with the legal system.
- Day One Sexual Assault and Trauma Resource Center: Day One is specifically organized to deal with issues of sexual assault. Providing treatment, intervention, education, advocacy, and prevention services to victims of sexual violence of all ages. Services include: 24-hour helpline, legal advocacy, law enforcement advocacy programs, individual and group counseling.
- South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault: SCCADVASA is the statewide coalition of organizations providing intervention services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and Primary Prevention programs to students and communities across the state.
- South Carolina Victim Assistance Network (SCVAN): The South Carolina Victim Assistance Network (SCVAN) fulfills three main objectives: 1) to ensure all crime victims receive access to and assistance from the criminal justice system; 2) to improve the quality of services provided to crime victims by victim advocates; and 3) to ensure the criminal justice system adequately serves crime victims.
- Help for Victims - South Carolina Department of Social Services
- South Dakota Domestic Abuse Hotline: Hotline: (800) 430-SAFE.
South Dakota Domestic Abuse Hotline offers a crisis/helpline available 24-hrs a day and seven days a week. Advocates, assistance, support, and referrals for emergency shelters available throughout the state of South Dakota. Serving all counties.
- South Dakota Coalition Ending Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault: The South Dakota Coalition Ending Domestic & Sexual Violence offers a strong alliance of advocacy and shelter programs located throughout the state and on tribal lands. Call for referrals to their 24 hr crisis line.
- South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault: South Dakota Network Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault offers a statewide network dedicated to the empowerment of those victimized by domestic or sexual violence. Offering: advocates, information, sexual assault services, sexual assault response teams, community and law enforcement training.
- State of Tennessee Domestic Violence Helpline: Call: 1-800-356-6767.
The Statewide Domestic Violence Helpline is a referral and counseling helpline for victims of domestic violence. Counselors are available 24/7 to offer referrals and supportive listening, and help with safety planning.
- Tennessee Coalition To End Domestic & Sexual Violence: Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence provides free legal services to sexual assault survivors and immigrant and trafficked victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault throughout Tennessee.
- Texas Abuse Hotline: Call: 1-800-252-5400. If you need to call the Texas Abuse Hotline and are deaf and equipped with a Teletypewriter (TTY), call Relay Texas by dialing 711 or 1-800-735-2989. Tell the relay agent you need to call the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400.
- Texas Council on Family Violence: The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) does not provide direct services to victims, but supports the victim services work done by individual member programs located in communities throughout the state. We are an umbrella organization that provides technical and financial support to member agencies that provide services to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. Member agency services are free, confidential, and available to all victims regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, or financial status.
- Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
- Utah Domestic Violence Coalition: Utah Domestic Violence Coalition provides expert knowledge concerning issues of domestic violence and sexual violence to member programs, community partners, and others in Utah. UDVC advocates for the development of policies and practices that enhance victim safety and empowerment while raising awareness of the need for prevention and intervention. Coalition professionals provide technical assistance and training to member programs and community partners throughout the entire state.
- Utah Community Action: Utah Community Action (UCA) helps low-income individuals and families overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. UCA has 6 core programs: Adult Education, Head Start, Heat, Case Management & Housing, Nutrition, and weatherization. The Case Management & Housing program assists low-income families and individuals with rental assistance and case management or maintain safe, stable and affordable housing. Priority is given to families with children, single-parent households, seniors, individuals with disabilities, Veterans, victims of domestic violence, and formerly homeless families. Utah Community Action Case Management & Housing program serves residents of Salt Lake and Tooele Counties.
- Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault
- Vermont Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline: Hotline: (800) 228-7395
Vermont Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline provides a 24-hr helpline for residents of Vermont.
- Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence: The Vermont Network is the federally recognized domestic and sexual violence coalition in Vermont. The Network unites fifteen member organizations and statewide partners to uproot the causes of violence in Vermont. The Network engages in public policy advocacy, training, technical assistance, and social changes to advance its work.
- Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services: Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services empowers crime victims by helping them access the criminal justice system through empathy, support, information, resources, and referrals to community partners.
- Virginia Statewide Hotline: Hotline: (800) 838-8238. LGBTQIA+ Helpline: (866) 365-6998. Text: (804) 793-9999.
The Statewide Hotline provides 24-hour, an online chat, free and confidential information and referrals, support, and counseling to victims of domestic and sexual violence. The Hotline also offers information about sexual assault, stalking, controlling behavior, and intimate partner violence. The Hotline serves the state of Virginia.
- Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance: The Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance is Virginia's leading voice on sexual and intimate partner violence. The VSDVAA provides advocacy expertise to ensure effective responses; offers resources for making informed choices; and builds diverse alliances across the state to form a membership. The Action Alliance serves the state of Virginia.
- Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV) is primarily a resource for programs that assist domestic violence victims and their families. WSCADV's work focuses on advocating for legislation in the Washington State Legislature and Congress, educating their membership about the policy process, and helping their members communicate with their legislators. Additionally, WSCADV provides input on court rules and state agency policies related to survivors and domestic violence programs, as well as participation on committees and workgroups that address a variety of social justice issues.
- Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
- West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence: The West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence is a statewide network of community-based domestic violence programs and statewide offices working to end personal and institutional violence in the lives of women, children and men. Through their projects, the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence provides advocacy, education, and runs a statewide legal assistance to victims program.
- West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services, Inc. (WV FRIS)
- Advocating a Way for Adults and Youth (AWAY): Formerly the Women's Resource Center, AWAY provides safety and quality emergency intervention, advocacy, prevention, and educational services for victims and witnesses of domestic and/or sexual violence.
- End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence: End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence is a statewide coalition led by social policy advocates, attorneys, and experts working to support, connect, equip, empower, and lead organizations for social change to end domestic abuse. Offering a wide array of initiatives including engaging youth, public policy and legal systems advocacy, outreach to under-served communities, homicide prevention, and multidisciplinary response team support.
- Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA): Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault is a statewide organization dedicated to support and complement the work of Wisconsin's community-based sexual assault service provider programs and other organizations working to end sexual violence. WCASA offers training and technical assistance to sexual assault service providers in Wisconsin.
- CASDA - Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse, Inc.: Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse, Inc. (CASDA) provides services to adults and children. Offering a 24-hr helpline, advocacy services, peer counseling support groups, emergency shelter, legal services, and Children's Program.
- Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault: The Wyoming Coalition links to domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy programs on their website and they provide direct legal services to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. They can help with legal issues related to education, family law, housing, privacy, safety, criminal justice advocacy, employment, and immigration-related violence.