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Call the
National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE or
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Domestic Abuse - Spousal Abuse Resources

Domestic Violence

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 lost workdays.

Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or 1-800-787-3224 (TDD).

  • American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Domestic Violence mandate is to bring together national leaders in an effort to develop a comprehensive, multidisciplinary blueprint for communities seeking effective responses to domestic violence.
  • American Institute on Domestic Violence offers 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 Violence was 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.
  • Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence is to educate and aid the workers of today and tomorrow in the prevention of partner violence through an expanding alliance of corporate members and associates.
  • Family Violence Department (FVD) of the National Council of
    Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) is dedicated to improving the way courts, law enforcement, agencies and others respond to family violence, with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of domestic violence victims and their children
  • Family Violence Prevention Fund is a national non-profit organization focusing on domestic violence prevention, education and public policy reform.
  • 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 Project provides 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 Network to End Domestic Violence is a membership and advocacy organization for state domestic violence coalitions.
  • 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 Violence provides 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 - is 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:

If you need information on federal legislation go to the following web sites:

Guide to State Resources
Domestic Abuse - Spousal Abuse Resources
Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone. There is help available.