Domestic violence is an issue that affects nearly one in four women in the United States. Domestic violence causes damage to families, communities, relationships and most specifically, the individual experiencing the domestic violence.
Victims are not blind in their fight against this violence. There are a plentiful amount of organizations that adhere and help all victims of domestic violence. Here are five organizations that are present across the country in their fight to end domestic violence and bring support to victims.
NCADV is founded on the vision to create a culture where domestic violence is not tolerated; and where society empowers victims and survivors, and holds abusers accountable. The strides that NCADV takes to end domestic violence include, affecting public policy, increasing the understanding of the impact that domestic violence has on the victim as well as in communities, and providing programs and education that drive that change.
The coalition has established reputable programs such as the Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery Program, where survivors are assisted in affording cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to repair injuries caused by an abuser, as well as, the Remember My Name project that was established in 1994 to memorialize the names of many women, children, and men that are killed by their abusers.
- RAINN (Rape, abuse and incest national network).
RAINN is the largest national anti-sexual violence organization. Most notably RAINN has created the national sexual assault hotline (800.656.HOPE), and partners with over 1,000 sexual assault services across the country. RAINN uses educational programs and public policy to help put an end to sexual violence. Since 1994 RAINN has helped more than 2.5 million people.
This organization is for women, gender non-conforming, and trans people of color against violence. INCITE! Is compiled of grassroots chapters and affiliates across the United States working to put an end to violence against women of color and their communities. Chapters and affiliates use projects to help eradicate personal and state violence. Many of these projects include: organizing rallies on street harassment, training women of color in self-defense, and supporting their communities to engage and become part of the conversation.
- Futures without violence (FUTURES).
Futures without violence offers a simple mission: to heal those among us who are traumatized by violence today – and to create healthy families and communities free of violence tomorrow. For over 30 years FUTURES has developed innovative ways to end violence against women, children, and families at home and around the world. With offices in San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Boston, FUTURES provides programs and training for professionals on improving responses to violence and abuse.
- Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP).
BWJP is a national resource center focused on fostering responses and care to victims of intimate partner violence. All of their offices offer training to professionals and victims on practices and policies that provide victims with the support that they need. Many of the training programs include identifying effective justice systems in local communities across the country and teaching them to professionals in the field.
Education is the first step to diminishing domestic violence. Using these organizations can help prevent domestic violence in your community and give you the resources you need to detect domestic violence when you see it.
The national domestic violence hotline can be reached at www.thehotline.org or 1.800.799.SAFE.