October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
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:
- Like NNEDV on Facebook and share our 31n31 facts about domestic violence every day.
- Replace your Facebook profile and cover images with NNEDV's images to show that you stand with NNEDV as we remember those who have lost their lives and celebrate those who have survived.
- Read and share NNEDV's weekly blog series. A new blog will be posted every Monday morning throughout the month of October.
- Make a donation to NNEDV in honor of the women in your life who have been impacted by domestic violence.
Technology 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;
- We have two dozen handouts, many in multiple languages at: Technology Safety Resources
- 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
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.
- The 6th annual Domestic Violence Counts Census Day was held on Wednesday, September 15, 2011. 89 percent of local domestic violence programs across the United States submitted data. The survey results are highlighted in NNEDV's report: Domestic Violence Counts: 2011. A 24-hour census of domestic violence services.
- The 5th annual Domestic Violence Counts Census Day was held on Wednesday, September 15, 2010. 91 percent of local domestic violence programs across the United States submitted data. The survey results were released January 27, 2011, and are highlighted in the NNEDV report: Domestic Violence Counts: 2010. A 24-hour census of domestic violence shelters and services.
- The fourth annual Census survey was held on Tuesday, September 15, 2009. 83 percent of local domestic violence programs across the U.S. submitted data. The survey results were released March 8, 2010, International Women's Day, and are highlighted in the NNEDV report: Domestic Violence Counts: 2009. A 24-hour census of domestic violence shelters and services.
- The third annual Census was conducted on September 17, 2008. The results are highlighted in the NNEDV report: Domestic Violence Counts: 08. A 24-hour census of domestic violence shelters and services.
- The second annual Census was conducted on September 25, 2007. The results are highlighted in the NNEDV report: Domestic Violence Counts: 07. A 24-hour census of domestic violence shelters and services across the United States.
- After developing and piloting the survey tool in May 2006, NNEDV conducted its first national Census on November 2, 2006. The results are highlighted in the NNEDV report: Domestic Violence Counts. A 24-hour census of domestic violence shelters and services across the United States.
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...
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NNEDV’s Economic Justice Project works to strengthen victim advocates’ financial capabilities to better assist survivors of domestic violence move from short-term safety to long-term security, and to an economically sustainable independent life. NNEDV's Economic Justice Project employs its signature “train-the-trainer” approach to deliver financial literacy lessons to victim advocates across the U.S. NNEDV's Economic Justice Project also uses its exclusive listservs and newsletter to inform victim advocates about personal finance tools, resources, and the most recent research available in the field of financial literacy and capability.
Economic Justice Technical Assistance & Online Resource Platform:
NNEDV’s Economic Justice Project delivers financial literacy and economic justice resources and information to its members and the general public via NNEDV's website, exclusive listservs, webinars, presentations and one-one-one technical assistance. The Economic Justice Project also compiles and organizes relevant research on a wide-range of financial literacy topics; and engages in a variety of outreach activities to help give survivors a voice with financial education stakeholders at the national level. This project is greatly enhanced through the ongoing commitment of dedicated partners that support projects to end domestic violence, and to empower survivors with the financial education and economic tools and resources they need to achieve financial independence.
NNEDV's Economic Justice Partnership with The Allstate Foundation:
In partnership with The Allstate Foundation and the U.S. state and territorial coalitions against domestic violence, NNEDV’s Economic Justice Project delivers financial literacy information with tools like the Moving Ahead Through Financial Management curriculum, webinars, and grants that support economic justice and empowerment programs for survivors of abuse.
Since 2005 NNEDV’s Economic Justice Project has coordinated and provided technical assistance for the following Allstate Foundation grant programs:
- The Moving Ahead Through Financial Management Curriculum Grant Program provides curriculum materials and funding support to state coalitions that work with local programs to train advocates in their state. To date, more than 600 domestic violence victim advocates have been trained to teach survivors financial skills, and thousands of survivors are using this resource nationwide.
- The Moving Ahead Economic Empowerment Grant Program has awarded over $2.3 million to state-wide coalitions against domestic violence to help survivors become economically independent from their abusers and to research domestic violence and economic abuse to support new services. Grant focus areas include matched savings programs, financial education, micro-enterprise and job readiness programs.
Read more about the exciting partnership with NNEDV and the Allstate Foundation Economic Empowerment for Domestic Violence Survivors Program.
In 2010, WomensLaw.org became a project of NNEDV. WomensLaw.org was founded in February 2000 by a group of lawyers, teachers, advocates and web designers interested in seeing the power of the Internet work for more disadvantaged people and specifically for survivors of domestic violence. The mission of WomensLaw.org 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, WomensLaw.org empowers women and girls to lead independent lives, free from abuse.
WomensLaw.org and NNEDV have worked closely together since 2000 to inform survivors of domestic violence about their legal rights and options. With a long history of partnering on technology safety, confidentiality and legal rights projects, the merger of WomensLaw.org and NNEDV formalized our working partnership.
- WomensLaw.org Website: The website provides over 6,000 pages of legal information written specifically for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. 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. The website also provides tips for working with lawyers and listings for telephone hotlines, local and state programs, court forms and law enforcement.
- Email Legal Hotline: The Email Legal 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 either 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 WomensLaw.org.
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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:
NNEDV's Domestic Violence Counts: National Census of Domestic Violence Services (Census) 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 annually by NNEDV since 2006, this Census takes into account the dangerous nature of domestic violence by using a survey designed to protect the confidentiality and safety of victims.
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.
- Get Help
If you think you are being abused, you can get help. No one ever deserves to be abused. Read about some signs and red flags of abuse. Learn more about different types of abuse. There are places you can contact for support and safety planning steps you may want to consider. Read safety tips about computer and internet use. If you are being abused, you deserve support and safety.
- Frequently Asked Questions About Domestic Violence [PDF file]
What is domestic violence? What resources are available for victims? Why do some victims return to or stay with abusers? Do abusers show any potential warning signs? Is it possible for abusers to change? Are men victims of domestic violence? What can I do to help?
- Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Factsheet
Highlights incidence, prevalence, and severity, impacts on children and youth, economic costs, progress made and the overwhelming needs that remain.
- The Impact of the Economy on Domestic Violence
Although an economic downturn itself does not cause domestic violence, it can exacerbate the factors that contribute to domestic violence and reduce victims’ ability to flee.
- Domestic Violence Counts: National Census of Domestic Violence Services
Started in 2006, this is NNEDV's 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.
- Domestic Violence Shelters and the United States Census 2010
The 2010 U.S. Census is coming in March 2010. Learn more about ways a survivor living in a domestic violence shelter can participate confidentially.
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::
- U.S. National Resource Center on Domestic Violence:
Browse NRCDV's Online Publications including applied research papers, factsheets, and information packets on statistics and more.
- U.S. National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence:
Search their resource collection of publications and related links by topic.
- U.S. National Center for Victims of Crime and NCVC's Stalking Resource Center:
Check out their resource library.
- U.S. National Sexual Violence Resource Center:
Search their publications by topic or type (e.g. factsheet, toolkit) for online and print resources.
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.