U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Domestic Violence

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the general public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more. A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the organization provides access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources that can be shared with families.

Review Date: July 28, 2011

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National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth

The National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth (NCFY) is an information resource of the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NCFY helps current and prospective FYSB grantees – and anyone else who works with at-risk youth and families – to realize their goals, better serve their communities and improve the lives of young people and their families. Whether you’re a youth worker, concerned parent or young person working to help your peers, NCFY’s extensive research library and network of grantees can help you find the information you need.

Review Date: July 13, 2011

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Office of Women's Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Office of Women's Health works to promote and protect the health, safety and quality of life of women at every stage of life.

Review Date: February 16, 2011

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American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence

The mission of the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, founded in 1994, is to increase access to justice for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking by mobilizing the legal profession. The Commission addresses the acute need to increase the number of well-trained and supported attorneys providing representation to victims by providing creative training opportunities for lawyers, law students and other legal advocates.

Review Date: November 30, 2011

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Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence

The Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence (API Institute) is a national resource center and clearinghouse on gender violence in Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. It serves a national network of community-based organizations; advocates and professionals in legal, health, mental health, and social services; government agencies; state coalitions; national domestic and sexual violence organizations; and activists from communities and social justice organizations working to eliminate violence against women. It identifies and addresses critical issues, provides technical assistance and training, conducts research, and engages in policy advocacy. Its goals are to strengthen advocacy, promote community organizing, and influence systems changev

Review Date: January 07, 2009

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Break the Cycle

Founded in Los Angeles in 1996, Break the Cycle's mission is to engage, educate and empower youth to build lives and communities free from domestic and dating violence. Break the Cycle provides teen-specific violence prevention education and legal services. In 2004, the organization expanded nationally in response to the huge need for violence prevention programs. They currently maintain two offices, one in Los Angeles and the other in Washington, DC. Break the Cycle works with a diverse coalition including the federal government, the National Dating Abuse Helpline, Mary Kay Inc., the Girl Scouts and schools across the nation.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

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Center for the Pacific Asian Family

The Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) is nonprofit organization that offers domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse services in the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Islander (API) community. The mission of the Center is to build healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes and the consequences of family violence and violence against women. CPAF is committed to meeting the specific cultural and language needs of API women and their families.

Review Date: September 22, 2011

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Futures Without Violence

Everyone has the right to live free of violence. Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, works to prevent and end violence against women and children around the world. Creating futures without violence has been the organization’s vision for over thirty years. From domestic and dating violence, to child abuse and sexual assault, Futures Without Violence works to end some of the most pressing global issues of our time. In 1994, Futures Without Violence was instrumental in developing the landmark Violence Against Women Act passed by the US Congress. Striving to reach new audiences and transform social norms, Futures Without Violence trains professionals such as doctors, nurses, athletic coaches, and judges on improving responses to violence and abuse. In addition, Futures Without Violence works with advocates, policy makers and others to build sustainable community leadership and educate people everywhere about the importance of respect and healthy relationships – the relationships that all individuals, families, and communities need and deserve.

Review Date: June 09, 2011

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Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community

The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) is an organization focused on the unique circumstances of African Americans as they face issues related to domestic violence - including intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder maltreatment, and community violence. IDVAAC's mission is to enhance society's understanding of and ability to end violence in the African-American community. Within this context, IDVAAC works with African-American communities, including families, individuals, and organizations serving the target population; legal and criminal justice systems; family and community violence practitioners; researchers; and policymakers around efforts to build the knowledge base regarding African Americans and domestic violence and to develop strategies to meet the service needs of this population.

Review Date: May 27, 2011

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Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma

The IVAT is an important International resource, research and training center that includes all areas of violence, abuse and trauma. The Institute encompasses multiple centers, which focus on Family Violence in the broad sense, Sexual Assault, Youth and School Violence, Workplace Violence, Violence Prevention, and Traumatic Stress. The IVAT specializes in training and programs, publications, professional services, an annual international conference, regional mini-conferences, as well as community relations and outreach for each of its broad topic areas. Based upon years of professional and organizational research and practical experience, the IVAT is a leader in the development and dissemination of strategies to eliminate violence, abuse and trauma.

Review Date: May 01, 2009

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Mending the Sacred Hoop Technical Assistance Project

The Mending the Sacred Hoop Technical Assistance Project (MSH-TA) is a Native American program that provides training and technical assistance to its American Indian and Alaskan Native relations in the effort to eliminate violence in the lives of women and their children. MSH-TA works with villages, reservations, rancherias and pueblos across the United States to improve the justice system, law enforcement, and service provider response to the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Native communities.

Review Date: September 30, 2011

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National Center for Children Exposed to Violence

The National Center for Children Exposed to Violence (NCCEV) works to increase the capacity of individuals and communities to reduce the incidence and impact of violence on children and families; to train and support the professionals who provide intervention and treatment to children and families affected by violence; and to increase professional and public awareness of the effects of violence on children, families, communities, and society. NCCEV is a resource center for anyone seeking information about the effects of violence on children and the initiatives designed to address this problem. It is also a provider of training, technical assistance, and consultation to a variety of collaborative community programs across the country. NCCEV is supported by grants from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, US Department of Justice; the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; and the US Department of Education.

Review Date: June 12, 2012

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National Center for Victims of Crime

The mission of the National Center for Victims of Crime is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. NCVC is dedicated to serving individuals, families, and communities harmed by crime. Through collaboration with local, state, and federal partners. Since 1985, the Center has worked with more than 10,000 grassroots organizations and criminal justice agencies serving millions of crime victims.

Review Date: October 14, 2010

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National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, formed in 1978, is a national membership organization that represents grassroots organizations and individuals working to assist and empower battered women and their children. NCADV programs support and involve battered women of all social, racial, ethnic, religous and economic groups, ages, and lifestyles. Current projects address financial education for victims of domestic violence and cosmetic dentistry and plastic surgery to repair damage done during an assault by an intimate partner or spouse.The organization advocates to improve legislation and public policy which affect battered women and their children. Issues of focus include funding for programs, and housing and shelter eligibility. NCADV also promotes the development of programs that meet the special needs of battered women. NCADV sponsors national conferences to provide a forum for the exchange of program information and action plans. NCADV is also the creator of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, observed in October. NCADV produces and distributes fact sheets, posters, videocassettes and newsletters. There are fees for most products. General information packets are provided at no cost.

Review Date: May 31, 2011

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National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence

NCCAFV is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation serving all fifty states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCCAFV's commitment is to intergenerational family violence prevention -- of child abuse, domestic violence (spouse/partner abuse) and elder abuse. NCCAFV provides public awareness and education materials, program and resource development consultation, and technical assistance and training in the United States and internationally.

Review Date: April 14, 2011

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National Domestic Violence Hotline

The National Domestic Violence Hotline was established in 1996 as a component of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed by Congress. The Hotline is a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention, information and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families. The Hotline answers a variety of calls and is a resource for domestic violence advocates government officials, law enforcement agencies and the general public. The Hotline serves as the only domestic violence hotline in the nation with access to more than 4,000 shelters and domestic violence programs across the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Advocates receive approximately 23,500 calls each month. The Hotline is toll-free, confidential and anonymous. It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in more than 170 different languages through interpreter services, with a TTY line available for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing. The staff at The Hotline is also available to provide assistance and guidance in a variety of areas including media, public relations, fundraising, public policy, legal advocacy and public education and training.

Review Date: November 17, 2011

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National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRC) is a source of comprehensive information, training and technical assistance on domestic violence prevention and intervention. The center supports and expands the capacity of those providing services to battered women and their children. The objectives of the NCR are: to serve as a central source for the collection, preparation, analysis and dissemination of information and statistics on domestic violence; to identify and/or support the development of innovative and exemplary intervention and prevention resources, including model practices, protocols and policies; and to work closely with the special issue resource centers to maintain a comprehensive database of information and to coordinate resource development and technical assistance activities.

Review Date: December 14, 2010

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Witness Justice

Witness Justice was established in 2001 by survivors, for survivors. The vision for Witness Justice is to address the gaps in service experienced by survivors of violence and trauma, no matter the nature of the incident, where or when the incident occurred, or whether a crime was ever reported. The organization, inspired by this vision, is now fueled by a diverse and talented group of survivors, advocates, experts, and volunteers. Witness Justice is unique in that the organization works directly with victims of all types of crime from communities all over the country to provide support and information, to promote physical and emotional healing, and to serve as a uniquely understanding presence and sounding board. Given the large disparity in services from city to city, county to county, and state to state, the importance of having a national program that addresses a survivor’s needs and promotes equal opportunity for healing and justice is especially important.

Review Date: December 30, 2011

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