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Domestic violence thrives when we are silent; but if we take a stand and work together, we can end domestic violence. Throughout the month of October, help NNEDV to raise awareness about domestic violence and join in our efforts to end violence.  Here is what you can do:

Donate or Volunteer

  • Make a donation to NNEDV in honor of the people in your life who have been impacted by domestic violence. 
  • Join the network behind the Network and become a member of NNEDV! For the first time ever,we have opened our membership to individuals who support our work. When you become a member of NNEDV, you add your voice to the chorus of others speaking out against domestic violence.
  • Volunteer your time with your state coalition or local program. Find an organization near you

Join the National Week of Action

Wear Purple

  • Wear purple -- the color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month -- during the month of October and use this as a way to tell others why ending domestic violence is important to you.
  • National #PurpleThursday is October 20, 2016. Join us and paint the town purple: 

Chefs Take a Stand


  • Show your support for equality and ending violence - shop NNEDV for tote bags, t-shirts, onesies, and more! 

Speak Out

  • Talk with a friend, family member, colleague, or neighbor about domestic violence. Talking about domestic violence helps to erase stigma and shows survivors that they will be supported. 

Join the Conversation Online

Read a Book

  • Join NNEDV's book club, Reader with a Cause, on Goodreads! Many of today's most popular books raise issues that are connected to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking -- creating the perfect opportunity to discus the importance of these issues with our friends, families, and coworkers. Join us as we read and discuss equality, empowerment, and violence against women as it appears in contemporary literature.

Safety Net Project logoTechnology helps victims and their children successfully flee violent batterers, stalkers and rapists. But  what millions don't realize is the dangerous and potentially lethal sides of various technologies in the hands of abusers and perpetrators.  NNEDV's Safety Net: Safe & Strategic Technology Project addresses how technology impacts the safety, privacy, accessibility, and civil rights of victims by:

  • Educating victims, their advocates and the general public on ways to use technology strategically to help find safety and escape domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, stalking and abuse;
  • Training law enforcement, social services, coordinated community response teams and others how to hold perpetrators accountable for misusing technology to impersonate, harass, stalk, surveil, and threaten.
  • Advocating for strong local, state, national and international policies and practices that ensure the safety, privacy and civil rights of all victims and survivors.

NNEDV's Safety Net Project addresses how technology can be harnessed successfully to do effective outreach, intervention, and violence prevention work.

Since 2002, the Safety Net Project has trained more than 50,000 advocates, police, prosecutors and others.  Read more

Selected News:

NNEDV's Census Project runs the U.S. National Census of Domestic Violence Services (Census). This is an annual noninvasive, unduplicated count of adults and children who seek services from U.S. domestic violence shelter programs during a single 24-hour survey period. Conducted by NNEDV, this Census takes into account the dangerous nature of domestic violence by using a survey designed to protect the confidentiality and safety of victims.

Census 2011:

Census 2010:

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Census 2008:

Census 2007:

Census 2006:

Census Methodology and Understanding the Data:

  • The “snapshot” methodology provides an unduplicated count because a victim is unlikely to access services at more than one domestic violence program during a 24-hour period. But does this mean that 65,321 people were victims of domestic violence on the day of the count? Or, since this count was only on one day. Can I multiply it by 365 and get an average estimate of the number of victims who sought services in a year? Read More...





WomensLaw is NNEDV’s newest project, joining NNEDV in 2010 after many years of partnering on issues related to technology safety and confidentiality. WomensLaw was founded in February 2000 by a group of lawyers, teachers, advocates and web designers interested in using the power of the Internet to educate survivors of domestic violence about their legal rights and ways to get help. The mission of WomensLaw is to provide easy-to-understand legal information and resources to women living with or escaping domestic violence or sexual assault. By reaching out through the Internet, empowers women and girls to lead independent lives, free from abuse.  Today, the website gets more than 1 million unique visitors each year.

WomensLaw has two components: the website and the Email Hotline. 

  • Website: The website provides over 7,500 pages of legal information written specifically for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, especially for those who are going to be representing themselves pro se in court. The information, revised in accordance with annual legislative changes, is state-specific and written in plain language so that people can comprehend it without the help of a lawyer. We also have federal legal information regarding immigration remedies for victims, DV in the military and information on federal gun laws.  The website also provides thousands of pages of non-legal information about different forms of domestic abuse, tips for working with lawyers and preparing for court,  listings for telephone hotlines, legal and non-legal resources for every state programs, courthouse contact information, and much more.  More than half of the website has been translated into Spanish and new information is added and updated daily.


  • Email Legal Hotline: The Email Hotline is a safe, accessible service through which victims, friends, family and advocates can request personalized and anonymous support. Hotline advocates respond to each email, in English or Spanish, tailoring responses to answer each person’s specific needs. The Hotline also supports advocates at local programs by answering their questions with timely, reliable and relevant legal information, helping them support the victims with whom they are working.


For more information or to access these resources, please visit

Recent Project News:

Welcome to NNEDV's Action Center!

NNEDV asks advocates and allies to contact Congress at key times to influence legislation and funding for domestic violence programs.  NNEDV will ask you to make phone calls, send an email or take action on social media sites.  Taking a few minutes to contact your elected officials can mean a world of difference to a survivor of domestic violence.

Please sign up to receive NNEDV's action alerts and check this page for current action items.  Even if there is not a current action item, you can contact your Senators and Representatives at any time to tell them how important the federal response to domestic violence is in your community.

Tell them about the services that victims need and how the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) make a difference in the lives of victims.

Learn more about NNEDV's policy issues.

NNEDV's Safety Net: National Safe & Strategic Technology Project creates resources to help victims and agencies respond effectively to the many ways that technology impacts victims of domestic and dating violence, sexual violence and stalking, including:

Domestic Violence Counts is a national census of domestic violence shelters and services. The Domestic Violence Counts census is an annual noninvasive, unduplicated count of adults and children who seek services from domestic violence shelter programs in the United States during a single 24-hour survey period.

Conducted annually by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) since 2006, the Domestic Violence Counts census report takes into account the dangerous nature of domestic violence by using a survey designed to protect the confidentiality and safety of victims.

The 11th annual Census Day took place on September 14, 2016. We are grateful to each domestic violence program that participated! Read this and past year’s reports by clicking the links below:

Read Reports: 20162015201420132012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006

In our work to end violence, NNEDV provides trainings and resources about domestic violence for communities, advocates and victims including tips, statistics, answers to frequently asked questions, and other public awareness resources about issues impacting victims and their children.

    Legal information writing in plain language for every state, territory and federal laws.

NNEDV collaborates closely with other national and international organizations that have great resources for statistics and awareness materials. Here are a few examples::

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Welcome to NNEDV's Economic Justice multimedia resources! This is a one-stop shop providing a wide-range of tools and resources that can help guide you no matter what your current life situation is. Whether it is information on emergency safety planning, taking charge of your debt, improving your credit score, learning about asset-building opportunities, or getting tips on creating a savings or retirement plan, the information you need to get started is right here.

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This toolkit is meant to provide transitional housing providers with easy access to information and resources to enhance services to survivors. The information provided here addresses frequently asked questions, common challenges, best practices, templates for adaptation, and resources for additional information and assistance.

Please select a category to access the resources for that topic. Contact Us for additional assistance.

This toolkit aims to provide domestic violence and HIV/AIDS service providers with information and resources to enhance services for persons exposed to HIV/AIDS and domestic violence. The information provided here addresses frequently asked questions, common challenges, best practices, templates for adaptation, and resources for additional information and assistance. Several resources support building collaborative partnerships and cross training efforts between the domestic violence and HIV/AIDS fields. Strong, collaborative relationships are important for ensuring quality services for domestic violence survivors who may be at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS.

Please select a category to access the resources for that section. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional assistance.

Notes on Toolkit Resource Language Use:

- Intimate Partner Violence: or IPV, is another term used for Domestic Violence, often used in the medical field, and describes a relationship in which an act or pattern of acts is used by a person to gain or maintain control, harm, threaten, intimidate, harass, coerce, control, isolate, restrain, or monitor another person in an current or former intimate relationship or a social relationship.
- Survivor/Victim: these terms are used interchangeably to refer to a person who is currently or was formerly in an abusive relationship as a way to recognize the unique challenges an individual faces while still in a relationship as well as their experience in fleeing and healing from an abusive relationship.
- Gendered pronoun use: Because domestic violence is not a strictly heteronormative trend, meaning that all genders can perpetuate and become victim to domestic violence, we have made a conscious effort to use gender-neutral pronouns in many of our materials. However, in recognition that 85% of victims of domestic violence are female, there are some instances where gendered pronouns are used.