5 Organizations that Aid Domestic Violence Victims
Being a victim of domestic violence is isolating. It may feel as though you are alone in this fight and that you have nowhere to turn. Fortunately, there are a number of organizations and shelters devoted to helping victims of domestic violence escape their abuser and start a new life. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you can turn to one of the following organizations for help.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The NCADV is one of the best-known organizations that aid victims of domestic violence. Not only do they offer a hotline (1-800-799-7233), a shelter directory, and aftercare of rescued victims, they also work tirelessly to change the pieces of American culture that allow these things to occur. They speak on domestic violence, collect statistics, and do everything in their power to help the victims they encounter. Whether that means education, surgical reconstruction, or just providing a list of tips and resources, the NCADV is a good place to start getting help.
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
This resource center is centered more on providing information for people experiencing domestic violence and those seeking help. It also directs you to the National Domestic Violence Hotline if you are in immediate danger. Their website includes information on domestic violence itself as well as their efforts to eradicate the problem altogether. This may be a valuable organization if you are concerned about someone close to you.
American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence
This group is devoted to securing quality legal defense for victims of domestic violence. Too often, abusers will go unpunished or under-punished, leaving the victims in danger. If you or someone you know needs legal help, this organization is willing to provide it.
Battered Women’s Justice Project
This group provides training, technical assistance, and consultations for both victims and people devoted to fighting domestic violence. It predominantly is dedicated to facing the systems that process cases of domestic violence and does not take on individual cases. However, they can provide information on the legal process if needed.
The Center for Survivor Agency and Justice
The CSAJ specializes in offering advocacy for impoverished domestic violence victims. Women with economic struggles are more likely to experience domestic violence, and the CSAJ wants to change that. Their programs are centered on providing economic security and safety for victims and facing the social issues at play. Unlike the Battered Women’s Justice Project, they will aid in individual cases.
There are many resources aimed at helping women in domestic violence situations. Unfortunately, some of these organizations exclude LBGT couples and men who have been victims of domestic violence. Regardless of your circumstances, there is an organization that will help you reclaim your life. Though getting help may need to start with a National Domestic Violence Hotline, it can very quickly grow into an action that changes your life for the better. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, do not wait. Get whatever help you need and take the steps toward improving your life.
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