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American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence
740 15th Street, NW, 9th Floor
Washington, DC, 20005-1022
The American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence website provides information about a wide-range of domestic violence issues and extensive links to other resources and organizations. The website includes listings of ABA policies, training materials, legal briefs, and sample legal forms relevant to domestic violence issues and proceedings.

Asian Task Force against Domestic Violence
P.O. Box 120108, Boston, MA 02112
Hotline: 617.338.2355 / Tel: 617.338.2350
Fax: 617.338.2354
The mission of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence is to eliminate family violence and to strengthen Asian families and communities.

1736 Columbia Road, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 387-4848 (Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm EST)
Fax: (202) 387-0324
AYUDA's mission is to serve the foreign-born, low-income community by providing high-quality legal services in the areas of immigration and domestic violence; advocating for and defending legal and human rights; and empowering through education.

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Battered Women's Justice Project
(Part of the Domestic Violence Resource Network)
4032 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Tel: (612) 824-8768
Toll-free: 800-903-0111
TTY: (612) 824-8768
Fax: (612) 824-8965
Assists legal advocates, law enforcement personnel, corrections agents, judges, attorneys, domestic violence organizations, government agencies, students and concerned citizens. The project provides training, technical assistance, and other resources (but not the fighting of individual legal cases) through a partnership with three nationally-recognized organizations:

  • Minnesota Program Development, Inc., also known as the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, which manages the BWJP Criminal Justice Office.
  • The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, which coordinates the BWJP Civil Justic Office.
  • The National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, which operates the BWJP Defense Office.

Breaking Free
Vednita Carter, Director
1821 University Avenue
Suite 312, South
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
(612) 645 6557 (phone)
(612) 645 7073 (fax)
Breaking Free fights commercial sexual exploitation by providing direct services for all prostituted women and girls and by educating the community to recognize prostitution as systematic violence against women. Breaking Free provides services through offices in inner city St. Paul and in rural Rochester, Minnesota. Breaking Free exists to help prostituted women and girls, and battered women involved in the criminal justice system, escape from violence in their lives. Breaking Free works to empower women to speak and act for their own freedom.

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Center for Women Policy Studies
1211 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 312
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 872-1770
Fax: (202) 296-8962
A multicultural, multiethnic, feminist policy research and advocacy institution, the Center addresses all issues which impact on women. Its early work broke new ground in defining rape and domestic violence as federal policy issues, and it now campaigns to place rape and battering in the context of a bias-motivated hate crime, and to support and monitor federal and state law and policy affecting women. Their current programs include: Contract with Women of the USA- State Legislators Initiative; Education and Welfare Reform; Reproductive Rights and the Law; Violence Against Women and Girls; Women and AIDS; Work, Family and Workplace Diversity.

Clothesline Project National Network
PO Box 727
East Dennis, MA 02641
Tel: (508) 385-7004
Fax: (508) 385-7011
A visual display that bears witness to acts of violence committed against women. Shirts are used as canvasas for artistic and heartfelt expressions which depict the pain and horror of abuse. Each shirt is decorated to represent one woman's experience and is designed by the survivor herself or someone who cares about her.

Coalition against Trafficking in Women
Dr. Janice Raymond, Co-Executive Director
Professor, University of Massachusetts
P.O. Box 9338
N. Amherst, MA 01059 USA
Fax: (413) 367-9262
A global feminist organization dedicated to ending all forms of sexual violence and sexual exploitation. This website contains information about, and links to, organizations throughout the world that are working against violence against women.

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Equality Now
P.O. Box 20646
Columbus Circle Station
New York, NY 10023
Tel: (212) 586-0906
An international human rights organization working on violence and discrimination against women. Working with national human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and adds an international action overlay to support their efforts to advance equality rights and defend individual women who are suffering abuse. Through its Women's Action Network, Equality Now distributes information about these human rights violations to concerned groups and individuals around the world, along with recommended actions for publicizing and protesting them. The Women's Action Network is committed to voicing a worldwide call for justice and equality for women. Issues of urgent concern to Equality Now include rape, domestic violence, reproductive rights, trafficking of women, female genital mutilation, and equal access to economic opportunity and political participation.

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FaithTrust Institute (formerly the Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence)
2400 North 45th Street #10
Seattle, WA 98103
Tel: (206) 634-1903
Fax: (206) 634-0115
Web site:
An interdenominational educational center, providing material and training to religious communities, with the aim of the prevention of sexual and domestic violence. They offer training, workshops, videos, books and publications, including a quarterly newsletter, Working Together, to help those who work within the faith community to combat domestic abuse.

Family Violence Prevention Fund
383 Rhode Island Street, Suite 304
San Francisco, CA 94103-5331
Tel: (415) 252-8900
Fax: (415) 252-8991
Web site:
Publications orders: (415) 252-8089
A national organization dedicated to the elimination of domestic violence through public education and prevention campaigns, public policy reform, model training, advocacy programs, and organizing. The Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) works to end violence against women and children around the world. Instrumental in developing the landmark Violence Against Women Act passed by Congress in 1994, the FVPF has continued to break new ground by reaching new audiences including men and youth, promoting leadership within communities to ensure that violence prevention efforts become self-sustaining, and transforming the way health care providers, police, judges, employers and others address violence.

Family Violence Project of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
PO Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507
Tel: (775) 784-6012
Fax: (775) 784-6628
Established in 1987, the Family Violence Department of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges strives to improve the way legal and social systems respond to family violence, with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of domestic violence victims and their children and holding batterers accountable. The Family Violence Department works to improve the court system's response to family violence cases by providing training for judges and court workers nationwide and developing and promoting model state legislation on domestic and family violence.

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Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence
(Part of the National Health Initiative on Domestic Violence, a program of the Family Violence Prevention Fund, and part of the Domestic Violence Resource Network)
383 Rhode Island Street, Suite 304
San Francisco, CA 94103--5133
Tel: (415) 252-8900
Fax: (415) 252-8991
The National Health Initiative on Domestic Violence, a program of the Family Violence Prevention Fund, works to improve the health care response to domestic violence through public policy reform and health education and prevention efforts. The National Health Initiative on Domestic Violence develops educational resources, training materials and model protocols on domestic violence and screening to help health care providers better serve battered women.

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Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault
100 North 16th Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: (217) 753-4117
Fax: (217) 753-8229
The purpose of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault is two-fold: to end sexual assault violence and to alleviate the suffering of sexual assault victims. To accomplish these goals, ICASA advocates for public policy that prevents sexual violence and guarantees sensitivity to victims. ICASA uses the power of public education to change societal attitudes about the causes and consequences of sexual violence. ICASA assists with healing from the trauma of sexual violence through creation and support of community programs that provide advocacy, counseling and education. ICASA has extensive experience creating and supporting the passage of legislation to assist in the fight against sexual assault. The ICASA website is an excellent resource for information about sexual assault resources in every state in the US. and maintains an excellent set of links to sexual assault coalitions in every state.

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Miles Foundation
P.O. Box 423
Newtown, CT 06470-0423
Tel: (203) 270-7861
email: or
The Miles Foundation is a private, non-profit organization providing comprehensive services to victims of violence associated with the military. The Miles Foundation works to improve the response of the US Military to violence against women.

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National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
(In partnership with the Battered Women's Justice Project)
125 South 9th Street, Suite 302
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Tel: (215) 351-0010
Fax: (215) 351-0779
Hotline: 800 903-0111 ext. 3
The organization serves a growing need for a more effective and organized approach to justice issues affecting battered women who have killed or assaulted their abusers while attempting to protect themselves and their children against violence, or who have been coerced by their abusers into committing a crime. The organization strives to prevent re-victimization by the criminal justice system, and develops resources to support attorneys, expert witnesses, advocates, and others working with battered women charged with crimes. They are building a resource library of information relating to legal cases, and a resource bank of expert witnesses to assist in trials. They produce a newsletter, titled Double Time.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
1532 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 745-1211
Fax: (202) 745-0088
Administrative office: PO Box 18749
Denver, CO 80218
Tel: (303) 839-1852
The NCADV is the oldest national organization representing grassroots organizations and individuals working to assist and empower battered women and their children. It serves as a national information and referral center for the general public, the media, battered women and children, agencies and organizations. They offer shelters and support services for battered women and their children.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
PO Box 161810
Austin, TX 78716Hotline: 800 799-7233
Admin.: (512) 453-8117
Fax: (512) 453-8541
A project of the Texas Council on Family Violence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is open year-round. Trained staff provide counseling and referral services to all, free of charge. The staff speaks English and Spanish, and translators are available for 129 other languages. They offer crisis intervention, referrals to domestic violence and other emergency shelters and programs, information and support, and can link callers to a nationwide database on domestic violence. They advise on shelters, advocacy and assistance, and social services programs.

National Electronic Network on Violence Against Women
6400 Flank Drive, Suite 1300
Gateway Corporate Center
Harrisburg, PA 17112-2778
Tel: (800) 537-2238
TTY: (800) 553-2508
Fax: (717) 545-9456
The goal of the National Electronic Network on Violence Against Women (VAWnet) is to harness and use electronic communication technology as a resource for those working to end violence against Women. In order to accomplish this goal, VAWnet staff and consultants collect, analyze, prepare and electronically disseminate information and materials on domestic violence, sexual assault, and related issues via VAWnet's web site and facilitated listserv discussions.

National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)
660 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Suite 303
Washington, D.C. 20003 USA
Tel:(202) 543-5566
Fax: (202) 543-5626
A membership and advocacy organization of state domestic violence advocates. NNEDV is a leading voice on domestic violence policy in the US.

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
(A project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
6400 Flank Drive, Suite 1300
Gateway Corporate Center
Harrisburg, PA 17112-2778
Tel: (800) 537-2238
TTY: (800) 553-2508
Fax: (717) 545-9456
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) was founded in 1993 as a key component in a national network of domestic violence resources. The NRCDV provides support to all organizations and individuals working to end violence in the lives of victims and their children through technical assistance, training and information on response to and prevention of domestic violence.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center
(A project of Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape)
123 North Enola Drive, Enola PA 17025
Toll Free: 877-739-3895 Phone: 717-909-0710
FAX: 717-909-0714 TTY: 717-909-0715
The NSVRC provides a place to turn to for information, help and support related to sexual violence issues. The NSVRC works to influence policy, practice and research by providing greater interaction, investigation and review, and by promoting awareness within the anti-sexual violence movement. The NSVRC works with outside researchers to provide advocates with current information on various topics related to sexual violence.

National Task Force on Violence Against Women
c/o NOW Legal Defense And Education Fund

119 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Tel: (202) 326-0040
NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund has made ending the epidemic of domestic and sexual violence against women a major priority. As chair of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women, which has over 2,000 member organizations, we were central to the crafting and passage of the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA 1994). To continue the work started under VAWA '94, NOW Legal Defense played a leadership role in helping craft the omnibus VAWA Reauthorization bill, in conjunction with Capitol Hill staff. The next reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act will be in 2005. The National Task Force will once again play an integral role in developing VAWA '05 and encourages your participation. For more information Force, and to receive Task Force alerts, email or call (202) 326-0040.

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Pace University School of Law / Battered Women's Justice Center
78 N. Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603
Tel: (914) 422-4069
The Pace Women's Justice Center is comprised of Pace law students and faculty, attorneys, and advocates dedicated to eradicating domestic violence and furthering the legal rights of women through skillful and innovative use of the law. The Center's goal is to give those who support battered women, the elderly, women with low income, and victims of sexual assault the legal tools they need to stop violence against women, seek economic justice, protect families and save lives. Publishes a newsletter on the legal system and domestic violence.

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
6400 Flank Drive, Suite 1300
Gateway Corporate Center
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Tel: (800) 932-4632
TTY: (800) 553-2508
Fax: (717) 671-8149
PCADV, a private non-profit organization, is proud to have been the first state domestic violence coalition in the country. At the national level, PCADV operates:

  • National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
  • National Electronic Network on Violence Against Women (VAWnet)
  • STOP Technical Assistance Project
  • National Center on Full Faith & Credit
  • Legal Assistance Providers' Technical Outreach Project (LAPTOP)

Pennsylvania Coalition against Rape
125 N. Enola Drive
Enola, PA 17025
Tel: (800) 692-7445TTY: (887) 585-1091
24-hour information and referral: 1-888-772-PCAR (7227)
The mission of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape is to eliminate all forms of sexual violence and to advocate for the rights and needs of victims of sexual assault. PCAR is especially active in the area of sexual violence against teens and young women.

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Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
635 - B Pennsylvania Ave., SE
Washington DC 20003
Tel: (202) 544-1034
Hotline: (800) 656- 4673 ext. 3
Provides information on resources throughout the country, for survivors of rape, abuse and incest. Runs a 24 hour, 7 day a week hotline.

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SAFER: Students Active For Ending Rape
28 E. 35th St
New York, NY 10016
212 725-3710
SAFER is a national non-profit organization committed to empowering students to hold colleges accountable for sexual assault in their on and off campus communities.

SAFER trains students in effective organizing tactics and challenges them to examine the overlapping links between sexual assault and all forms of individual and institutional violence.

SAGE (Standing Against Global Exploitation)
Norma Hotaling, Executive Director
The SAGE Project, Inc.
1385 Mission Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94103 USA
(415) 905 5050 (phone)
SAGE services are non-judgmental and holistic, assisting prostitutes and sex workers in an organized, professional and compassionate manner that doesn't further traumatize the persons seeking assistance.

Sanctuary For Families
P.O. Box 1406
Wall Street Station
New York, NY 10268-1406
Tel: (212) 349-6009
Sanctuary is a nationally recognized domestic violence agency which provides a range of culturally sensitive and integrated services. Sanctuary provides crisis intervention, emergency and transitional housing, individual and group counseling, job readiness and mentoring programs. Through its legal center, they offer legal advice and direct representation, mentor volunteer attorneys and advocate legal reform.

Stop Violence Against Women
Amnesty International
58 Day Street, Davis Square
Somerville, MA 02144
phone: (617) 623-0202, 1-866-A-REGION
fax: (617) 623-2005
The Stop Violence Against Women campaign is part of Amnesty International USA's ongoing effort to campaign against discrimination (CAD). In addition to campaigning to stop violence against women, the CAD includes taking action on issues such as racial profiling in the US by law enforcement officials pre- and post-9/11, and police brutality in the US against LGBT communities.

Connecticut Foundation for Environmentally Safe Schools

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United Nations Development Fund for Women
304 East 45th Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 906-6400
Fax: (212) 906-6705
UNIFEM is the women's division of the UN and the website has information about responses to violence against women around the world. UNIFEM provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programmes and strategies that promote women's human rights, political participation and economic security. Within the UN system, UNIFEM promotes gender equality and links women's issues and concerns to national, regional and global agendas by fostering collaboration and providing technical expertise on gender mainstreaming and women's empowerment strategies.

Violence Against Women Office (VAWO)
US Department of Justice
810 7th Sreet, NW
Washington, DC 20531
Phone: (202) 307-6026
Fax: (202) 307-3911
Within the Department of Justice, the VAWO handles the Department's legal and policy issues regarding violence against women, and works to implement the mandates of the Violence Against Women Act and subsequent legislation.

Women's Law Project
125 S. 9th Street, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 928-9801
Fax: (215) 928-9848
Offers a phone counseling service and legal information to callers, on any aspect of law that touches women's lives, including domestic violence. Working to better the lives of women, and to improve policy issues.

Women's Rights Network
One Post Office Square, Suite 1900
Boston, Massachusetts 02109-2170
Tel: (617) 832-1276/1277
Fax: (617) 832-7000
Strives to link activists in every corner of the world who are working to end domestic violence, so that they can access their most valuable resource: each other. By building and sustaining a dynamic global network of activists around domestic violence and related issues, we can begin to create a world that is free from violence against women and children.

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