Domestic violence (also known as domestic abuse or spousal abuse) occurs when a caregiver, family member, partner or ex-partner
attempts to physically or psychologically dominate another. Domestic violence often refers to violence between spouses, or spousal abuse but can also
include cohabitants and non-married intimate partners. Domestic violence occurs in all cultures; people of all races, ethnicities, religions, sexes
and classes can be perpetrators of domestic violence. Domestic violence is perpetrated by both men and women.
It can take many forms. Here are some types of abuse:
Physical abuse is the use of physical force; sexual abuse means any forced sexual activity; emotional abuse includes threats, constant criticism and
put-downs. Controlling access to money and controlling activities are other abusive behaviors.
Domestic Violence Resources
When Domestic Violence Comes To Work.
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in America.
Homicide is the leading cause of death for women on the job.
Each year, domestic violence costs American business between $3 to $5 billion for medical expenses alone.
Employers lose another additional $100 million in lack of productivity, poor job performance, absenteeism, tardiness, increased sick days and
American Institute on Domestic Violenceoffers state-of-the-art, multi-media
conference presentations addressing the impact of domestic violence in the workplace. Programs and conference tracks varying in length, depending
on your training needs. This is one of the newest workplace security issues for the next millennium.
Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violencewas founded
in 1977 by the Rev. Marie M. Fortune, the Center is an inter-religious educational resource addressing issues of sexual and domestic violence. Their
goal is to engage religious leaders in the task of ending abuse, and to serve as a bridge between religious and secular communities. Their emphasis
is on education and prevention.
COMMUNITIES AGAINST VIOLENCE NETWORK is an interactive web site
that brings together advocates and experts to share information and resources about domestic violence (including within the gay and lesbian community),
stalking, sexual assault and rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault, violence against people with disabilities, youth violence, and school violence.
Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence provides resource and training
materials, technical assistance, information and referrals, and models for local, state and national health policymaking to support those interested
in developing a comprehensive health care response.
Hopeline? from Verizon - Through Hopeline? from
Verizon, they connect survivors of domestic violence to vital resources, fund organizations nationwide and protect the environment.
Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community hopes
to create a community of scholars and practitioners to research methods of improving service in dealing with domestic violence among African Americans.
The institute will provide assistance for researchers, offer annual public conferences and work to improve public policy.
Mending the Sacred Hoop (MSH) National Training Projectprovides technical
assistance to recipients of the STOP Violence Against Indian Women Discretionary Grants. In assisting recipients of STOP Violence Against Indian Women
Grants with training, consultation, and production of materials, the project utilizes a faculty of Native American experts in the area of reducing
domestic violence in Native American communities.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) primary goal is to change
public attitudes and beliefs to reduce and, ultimately, eliminate sexual violence. Some broad goals of the NSVRC include providing adequate
resources and information to develop the capacity of national sexual assault organizations, state sexual assault coalitions, community-based programs
and allied professionals, and identifying emerging policy issues and research needs to support the development of policy and practice leading to the
prevention of sexual violence.
National Training Center on Domestic and Sexual Violenceprovides training
fordomestic violence and sexual violence advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, healthcare professionals, welfare workers, and others who
work with victims of violence; develops and provides training and technical assistance to enhance collaboration among advocates, professionals and
others who working to end violence against women.
National Women's Health Information Center is sponsored by theUS Public
Health Service's Office on Women's Health. A FREE information and resource service on women's health issues designed just for you, whether
you're a consumer, a health care professional, a researcher, an educator, or a student. With access through both a toll-free telephone line and on
the Internet, the NWHIC acts as a Federal "women's health central." The NWHIC can link you directly to thousands of fact sheets,
brochures, reports or other important health information. The NWHIC is an information referral service only and does not provide clinical advice.
Silent Tears - www.silenttears.itgo.comis referral group
which exists to provide aid and assistance to all victims of domestic abuse--women, men and the silent victims--children. Doing this Online and Offline
through various programs, they are committed to doing everything in our power as volunteers to help those in need.
The Sounding Board Counseling Center (SBCC) is a comprehensive mental health
facility. We have facilitated the emotional well being and growth of individuals, Couples, and Families since 1979. Featuring an Online Listing of
Domestic Violence Shelters.
If you need information on state legislation contact your state domestic violence coalition or a local domestic violence program. For a listing
of state domestic violence coalitions, go to the following web site: