Domestic Violence Agencies and Websites Around the World
The purpose of this site is to reduce harm and lessen suffering by bringing clarity to the confusing area of intimate partner violence. CAVEAT: the author of this site, Michael Samsel, regards trauma bonding as a credible idea, recommends Patrick Carnes’ book The Betrayal Bond, and some of his articles take for granted that trauma bonding happens. We believe that the concept of trauma bonding needs to be discarded — see The Myth of “Stockholm Syndrome” and other labels which are used to discredit and pathologize victims of abuse.
Counseling helpline, information and support for family violence and sexual assault — for victims, family & friends, workers & professionals
Victim Services – Correctional Service Canada
Government of Canada website, with a focus on the services provided to victims of federal offenders.
Family Violence – Department of Justice
Government of Canada website, with a focus on family violence. From the webpage: Family violence is considered to be any form of abuse, mistreatment or neglect that a child or adult experiences from a family member, or from someone with whom they have an intimate relationship. The following pages provide information about family violence, the laws relating to family violence and the kind of help that is available to someone experiencing family violence.
What’s OK At Home (WOAH) – Domestic Violence Resource Centre (DVRCV)
DVRCV is a statewide service in Melbourne, Victoria that aims to prevent family violence and promote respectful relationships.
DVRCV has created ‘What’s OK at Home” (WOAH), an one-of-a-kind online platform with exercises, stories and information that supports children and young people aged 10-17 to recognize family violence and provides practical guidance to support their safety, health and emotional wellbeing.
WOAH also has a section for adults who want to help a child or young person in a family violence situation, with information about what to do, where to get help, the law, and guidance on how you can make a difference in a young person’s life.
The town of Duluth, Minnesota, has developed innovative community-wide interventions to end violence against women and help men who batter change. These interventions are known as the pioneering “Duluth Model” and have been recognized nationally and internationally as the leading tool for helping communities eliminate violence in the lives of women and children.
The Power and Control Wheels they developed are widely used around the world.
FCADV serves as the professional association for Florida’s 42 domestic violence centers. They operate Florida’s toll-free DV hotline (1-800-500-1119), and provide safety plans, other resources, counseling information, and professional training.
International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies – Hot Peach Pages
Global list of abuse hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centers and women’s organizations, plus domestic violence information in over 110 languages
Domestic Abuse Project resources by Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) are available online. Resources include materials for victims, pastors, and a four page theological position paper.
Operating around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
This RAVE website link provides a starting point to access information regarding North American Domestic Violence Shelter Locations, Coalition Maps, and U.S. National Hotlines.
Peak agency for domestic violence agencies in the UK
WomensLaw.org — a project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)
WomensLaw is an extensive website launched to provide legal information and resources for survivors of domestic violence. They also provide a confidential Email Hotline to offer direct support to survivors, their advocates, friends and family members. Additional they offer safety tips, information on recognizing abuse, and legal information by each USA state. See the tabs at the top of the website to familiarize yourself with all their resources.