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Alabama Coalition Against Rape
The Alabama Colaition Against Rape not only provides services to rape and sexual assault providers, but works to raise to improve treatment of and services to sexual assault victims statewide; to increase the reporting of sexual assault; to increase public awareness of sexual assault; and to improve investigation and prosecution of sexual assault.
804 S. Perry Str, Suite 100
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 264-0123
1 888 725 7273

Daybreak Crisis Recovery Center
Anniston, AL
(256) 231-0654

Crisis Center - Rape Response
Birmingham, AL

Victim Services of Cullman
Cullman, AL

The House of Ruth
Dothan, AL
(334) 793-2232
1 800 650-6522

Rape Response - Florence
Florence, AL

Crisis Services of North AL
Huntsville, AL
(256) 716-1000
1 800 691-8426

Mobile, AL
1 800 718 7273

Council Against Rape
Montgomery, AL

Pelham, AL

Crisis Center - Russell Co.
Phoenix City, AL
(334) 297-4401

Sabra Sanctuary
Selma, AL
(334) 874-8711

Turning Point
Tuscaloosa, AL

Robertsdale, AL
(251) 947-4393


Women's Resource Center - Aiding Women in Abuse & Rape Emergencies
PO Box 020809
Juneau, AK 99802-0809
(907) 586-6623
(907) 586-2977
24 hour Hotline: (907) 586-1090 or (907) 283-7257

Alaska Women's Resource Center
111 West 9th Street
Anchorage, AK 99501

Standing Together Against Rape
1057 W. Firewood Ln.
Suite 230
Anchorage, AK 99503
(907) 276-7279
Crisis Line: (907) 276-RAPE

Women in Safe Homes
2002 First Ave.
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Office: (907)225-9474
24 hour Hotline800) 478-9474


Center Against Sexual Abuse (C.A.S.A.)
233 North Central Street
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Maricopa County
Crisis Hotline: 602/254-9000

Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (SACASA)
SACASA is a non-profit organization based in Tucson, AZ that works to reduce the trauma and incidences of sexual assault by providing treatment and promoting prevention. SACASA offers a variety of services including advocacy, crisis intervention, counseling, prevention education, and training.
1632 N. Country Club
Tucson, AZ 85716
Office: (520) 327-1171
Fax: (520) 327-2992
24-hr Crisis Line: 520-327-RAPE (7273) or 1-800-400-1011
TTY: 520-327-1721


Family Service Agency Sexual Assault Center
This service center provides counseling, workshops, and other services on a range of issues, from domestic violence and sexual assault to families dealing with divorce and substance abuse.
628 West Broadway, Suite 202
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114
Crisis Line: 501-801-2700
Statewide toll-free Crisis Line: 1-877-432-5368
Fax: 501-801-2702

Rape Crisis, Inc.
7509 Cantrell
Suite 211
Little Rock, AK 72207
Office: 501-663-3334
Crisis Hotline: 800-813-5433


Rape Crisis Intervention
2889 Cohasset Street, Ste. 2
Chico CA 95793
Butte County
Office: 530-891-1331
Crisis Hotline: 530-342-7273

Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Center
927 Main Street
Woodland CA 95695
Yolo County
Crisis Hotline: 530-622-1133


Crossroads Safehouse
Outreach Center
316 W. Olive
Ft. Collins, CO 80522
Phone: (970) 482-3535
Hotline: (970) 482-3502

Rape Assistance & Awareness Program (RAAP)
Denver County
PO Box 18951
Denver, CO 80218
Office: 303-329-9922
24 hour Crisis Hotline: (303)322-7273

Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Program
Larimer Center for Mental Health
525 W. Oak Street
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Phone: (970) 498-7610
FAX: (970) 498-7613
Crisis Line:970-472-4200/1-800-656-HOPE


Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services (CONNSAC
CONNSACS serves as a national clearinghouse for information and resources for victims of sexual assault, as well as a statewide resource for residents of Connecticut. Victims of sexual assault and their friends and loving partners can find information on national coalitions against sexual assault, information on sexual violence, and take action to prevent violence on their site.
110 Connecticut Blvd.
East Hartford, CT 06108
Office: (203) 282-9881
Fax: (203) 291-9335
Hotline: 1-888-999-5545

Central Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services
Middlesex County
29 Crescent St.
Middle Haddam CT 06456
Office: 860-235-9297


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Grady Rape Crisis Center
Grady Memorial Hospital
Fulton County
PO Box 26049
80 Butler Street, SE
Atlanta, GA 30335
Crisis Hotline: (404) 616-4861

DeKalb Rape Crisis Center
DeKalb County
101 East Court Sq.
Decatur GA 30031
(404) 377-1428
Crisis Hotline: 404-377-1429

Southern Crescent Sexual Assault Center
P.O. Box 1788
Jonesboro, GA 30237
Office: 770-603-4045
Fax: 770-477-4545
Crisis Line: 770-477-2177

Rape Crisis Center
Chatham County
PO Box 8492
Savannah, GA 31412
Office: (912) 354-6742
Toll-free Crisis Hotline: 888-233-7273


Sexual Abuse Treatment Center
55 Merchant St. 22nd Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813
Office808) 535-7600
Toll-free Crisis Hotline: 888-524-7273


Women's & Children's Crisis Center
Ada County
720 West Huntington
Boise, ID 83702
Office: (208) 343-3688
Crisis Hotline: (208) 343-7025


Illinos Coalition Against Sexual Assault
This statewide resource for victims of sexual assaut, and their friends and loving partners, offers statistics on rape, campus sexual violence, and other important facts for victims of sexual violence. Check out the site for important information on hotlines and statewide resources.
100 North 16th Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Local Crisis Centers
Phone: (217) 753-4117
Fax: (217) 753-8229

4753 N. Broadway, #502
Chicago, IL 60640
Office: (312) 334-0173
Hotline: (312) 334-HOME(4663)
Focus on Asian women

A toll-free 24-hour critis line for survivors of sexual assault [rape], sexual abuse, and incest as well as their significant others. Volunteers are also welcome to call and sign up!
180 N. Wabash Suite 300
Chicago IL 60601
Hotline: (888) 293-2080

Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KC-CASA)
657 East Court Street
Kankakee, Illinois 60901
Office: 815-932-7273
Crisis Hotline: 815-932-3322

Rape Victim Advocates
Cook County
228 S. Wabash
Chicago, IL 60604
office: (312) 663-6303
24-hour Hotline: (888) 293-2080

Sexual Assault/Abuse Services
12 Health Services Drive
DeKalb, IL 60115-9637
Office: (815) 756-4875
24-Hour Crisis Line: (815) 758-7922

Sexual Assault Victims' Care Unit
9400 Lebanon Rd
East Saint Louis, IL 62203


Center for Women & Families
PO Box 248
Sellersburg IN 47172
Crisis Hotline: 812-944-6743

The Julian Center
2011 North Maridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Crisis Hotline: 317-251-7575


Rape Victim Advocacy Program
320 South Linn St.
Iowa City, IA 52240
Office: (319) 995-6001
24 hour Hotline: 800-284-7821

Women's Resource & Action Center - University of Iowa
130 N. Madison St.
Iowa City, IA 52242
(319) 335-1486


Hope Unlimited, Inc.
Allen County
PO Box 12
Iola, KS 66749

Reno County Rape Survivors
1 East 9th
Hutchinson, KS 67501
Office: (316) 665-9690
24 hour Hotline: (316) 663-2522
Toll-free Hotline: 800-701-3630

Safe Home
Johnson County
PO Box 4563
Shawnee Mission, KS 66204
(913) 432-9300

Sedgwick County: Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center
355 N. Waco St.
Suite 100
Wichita, KS 67202
Office: (316) 263-0185
24 hour Hotline: (316) 263-3002

Sexual Assault Survivors Group
Riley County
PO Box 1526
Manhattan, KS 66505
Office: (913) 539-7935
Hotline: (888)363-2287

YWCA of Topeka - Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Prevention Center
Shawnee County
225 W. 12th St.
Topeka KS 66612
Crisis Hotline: 888-822-2983


Center for Women and Families
226 W. Breckenridge St.
PO Box 2048
Louisville KY 40201

Communicare, Inc.
Haridan County
1311 N. Dixie Highway
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Crisis Line: 270-769-1304

Cumberland River Comprehensive Care Center, Inc.
Whitley County
PO Box 568
Corbin, KY 40702
Business phone: 606-528-7010
Crisis Line: (606)523-9386

Kentucky River Community Care, Inc.
Perry County
115 Rockwood Lane
Hazard, KY 41701
Business phone: 606-436-5761
Crisis Line: 800-375-7273

Lexington Rape Crisis Center, Inc.
Fayette County
PO Box 1603
Lexington, KY 40592
Crisis: (606) 253-2315
Business phone: 606-253-2511


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Rape Crisis Intervention - YWCA
80 Whisperwood Blvd.
Slidell, LA 70458
Crisis Hotline: 800-749-2673


Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault
83 Western Avenue, Suite 2
Augusta ME 04330
Office: 207. 626. 0034
Fax: 207. 626. 5503
Statewide Sexual Assault Support Hotline 1-800-871-7741

Sexual Assault Crisis Center
Androscoggin County
PO Box 6
Auburn, ME 04212
Office: 784-5272
Hotline: (local) (207)795-2211
(Statewide) 1-800-871-7741
(TTY) 1-888-458-5599

Augusta Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center
Satellite Offices: Rockland & Belfast
Serving Southern Kennebec, Knox & Waldo Counties
3 Mulliken Court
Augusta, ME 04330
Office (207) 626-3425
Fax (207) 621-6238
Statewide Sexual Assault Support Hotline 1-800-871-7741

Bangor Rape Response Services
Satellite Offices: East Millinocket & Dover-Foxcroft
Serving Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties
PO Box 2516
Bangor, ME 04401
Office (207) 941-2980
Fax (207) 941-2982
Statewide Sexual Assault Support Hotline 1-800-871-7741

Brunswick - Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine
Serving Eastern Cumberland, Sagadahoc & Lincoln Counties
PO Box 990
Brunswick, ME 04011
Office (207) 725-2181
Fax (207) 798-6943
Statewide Sexual Assault Support Hotline 1-800-871-7741

Ellsworth - Downeast Sexual Assault Services
Satellite Office: Machias
Serving Hancock & Washington Counties
PO Box 1087
Ellsworth ME 04605
Office 1-800-492-5550
Fax (207) 667-6117
Statewide Sexual Assault Support Hotline 1-800-871-7741

Farmington - Sexual Assault Victims' Emergency Services (SAVE
Serving Franklin County
PO Box 349
Farmington, ME 04938
Office (207) 778-9522
Fax (207) 778-5425
Statewide Sexual Assault Support Hotline 1-800-871-7741

Lewiston-Auburn Sexual Assault Crisis Center
Serving Androscoggin County
Office (207) 784-5272
Fax (207) 777-3231
Statewide Sexual Assault Support Hotline 1-800-871-7741

Norway Rape Education and Crisis Hotline
Serving Oxford County
Office (207) 743-9777
Fax (207) 743-2677
Statewide Sexual Assault Support Hotline 1-800-871-7741

Portland - Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine
Office: (207) 828-1035
24 hour Hotline: (800) 313-9900

Presque Isle - Sexual Trauma and Recovery Services
Satellite Offices: Houlton, Caribou, Van Buren, Madawaska, Fort Kent
Serving Aroostook County
Office (207) 762-4851
Fax (207) 764-6340
Statewide Sexual Assault Support Hotline 1-800-871-7741

Waterville Rape Crisis Assistance & Prevention
Serving Northern Kennebec & Somerset Counties
179 Main Street #303
Waterville, ME 04901
Office (207) 872-0601
Fax (207) 872-9156
Statewide Sexual Assault Support Hotline 1-800-871-7741
Rape Crisis Assistance & Prevention


Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault
1517 Gov. Ritchie Hwy, Suite 207
Arnold, MD 21012
Office: (410)974-4507
Toll-Free (MD) Hotline: 800-983-RAPE
(Provides information on local crisis centers across Maryland)

Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Center
6229 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21212
Office: (410) 377-8111
24 hour Hotline: (410) 828-6390


Cambridge Women's Center
46 Pleasant Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
-referrals to local agencies

Women's Crisis Center
21 Story Ave.
Newbury Port, MA 01950

The Rape Crisis Center of Central Massachusetts
Hotline: (508) 799-5700/ 1-800-870-5905
Spanish Hotline: 1-800-223-5001
TTY Hotline: 1-800-688-4889

146 Boylston Drive
Worcester, MA 01606
Phone: (508)852-7600
Fax: (508) 852-7870

275 Nichols Rd.
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Phone: (508) 343-5683
Fax: (978) 343-5478

PO Box 555 Somerville, MA 02143
Crisis Hotline/Direct Service Office: 617-623-5900
Business Office: 617-625-5996


Big Rapids Women's Information Service
Mecosta County
PO Box 1249
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Crisis Hotline: 231-796-6600

The Listening Ear
1017 East Grand River
East Lansing, MI 48823
Crisis Hotline: 517-337-1717

114 North River
Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Turning Point
PO Box 1123
Mt. Clemens, MI 48046
Crisis Hotline: 810-463-6990

University of Michigan Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Center
715 N. University, Suite 202
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Office: 734-998-9368


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First Step (shelter)
Seneca County
PO Box 1103
Fostoria, OH 44830
Office: (419) 435-7300
24 hr Hotline: (800) 466-6228

Ohio Coalition on Sexual Assault
4041 North High Street, Suite 408
Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 268-3322 for referral

Rape Crisis Intervention Project
Women and Family Services
508 Wayne Ave.
Defiance, OH 43512
Office: (419) 782-4906
24 hr Hotline: (800) 782-4906

Victims Advocacy Program, The Link
315 Thurston Ave.
Bowling Green, OH 43402
Office: (419) 352-2551
Hotline: (800) 472-9411
Serving Wood county

YWCA Rape Crisis Center
Lucas County
1018 Jefferson
Toledo, OH 43624
Office: (419) 241-7006
24 hr Hotline: (419) 241-7273

YWCA of Summit County Rape Crisis Program
670 W. Exchange St.
Akron, OH 44302
Office: (330) 253-6131
Hotline: 1-877-706-7273


Women's Service and Family Resource Center
P.O. Box 1539
Chickasha, OK 73023
24-hour Crisis Line: (405) 222-1818 or (800) 734-4117

Call Rape
2121 S. Columbia-Room LL6
Tulsa, OK 74114
(918) 744-7273


Clastop County Women's Resources Center
#10 6th St.
Astoria, OR 97103
Office: (503) 325-3426
24 hour Hotline: (503) 325-5735

Columbia County Women's Resource Center
Good Samaritan Medical Mall
Route 30
St. Helens, OR 97051
Office: (503) 397-0578
Hotline: (503) 397-6161

Women's Crisis Center
1902 Second Ave
Tillamook, OR 97141
Office: 503-842-9486
Crisis Hotline: 800-992-1679

Clackamas Women's Services
PO Box 22547
Milwaukee, OR 97269
Office: (503) 654-2807
24-hr Hotline: (503) 654-2288

Portland Women's Crisis Line
PO Box 42610
Portland, OR 97242
Office: (503) 232-9751
24 hour Hotline: (503) 235-5333

Center Against Rape & Domestic Violence
PO Box 914
Corvallis, OR 97339
Office: 541-758-0219
24 hour Hotline: 800-927-0197

Women's Violence Intervention Program
PO Box 426
Lincoln City, OR 97367
Office: 541-994-5959
24 hour Hotline: 800-841-8325

Henderson House
Yamhill County
PO Box 26
McMinnville, OR 97128
Office: (503) 472-0244
24 hour Hotline: (503) 472-1503

Mid-Valley Women's Crisis Services
Mail: PO Box 851
Salem, OR 97308
Office: (503) 378-1572
24 hour Hotline: (503) 399-7722

Sexual Assault Support Services
591 W. 19th Ave.
Eugene OR 97401
Office: 541-484-9791
Toll-free Crisis Hotline: 800-788-4247


Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
125 N. Enola Dr.
Enola, PA 17025
Phone: (717) 728-9740
Fax: (717) 728-7445
Toll Free: 1-800-692-7445


Sexual Assault & Trauma Resource Center of Rhode Island
300 Richmond St.
Suite 205
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 421-4100
24 hour Hotline: 1-800-494-8100


Safe Homes
158 W. Main St.
Spartanburg SC 29306
24 hour crisis line: 800-273-5066


Citizens Against Rape & Domestic Violence
300 North Dakota Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 339-0116

Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center
110 Sheila Dr.
Pierre, SD 57501
24 hour hotline 800/696-7187

South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
PO Box 141
Pierre, SD 57501
605/945-0869 or
Hotline: 800/572-9196

Crisis Intervention Service Resource Center for Women
310 S. Kline
Aberdeen SD 57402
Office: 605-226-1212
Crisis Hotline: 888-290-2935


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Rape And Sexual Abuse Center
Davidson County
25 Lindsley Ave
Nashville, TN 37210

Rape and Sexual Abuse Center
Montgomery County
2120 Old Ashland City Rd.
Clarksville TN 37043
Office: 931-647-3632
Toll-free Crisis Hotline: 800-879-1999

Sexual Assault Crisis Center
Knox County
PO Box 11523
Knoxville, TN 37939
Office: 423-558-9040
Toll-free Crisis Hotline: 888-522-5244


Families in Crisis, Inc.
P.O. Box 25
Killeen, Texas 76540
( 254) 634-1184

Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Center
Potter County
1001 Pold
Amarillo, TX 79101
Toll-free Crisis Hotline: 800-374-5433

Rape Crisis Center
Travis County
Austin, TX 78741
Office: 512-305-5181
Crisis Hotline: 512-440-7273

Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
Travis County
800 Brazos, Suite 810
Austin TX 78701
(512) 474-7190

Abused Women's Help Line
Jefferson County
PO Box 6606
Beaumont, TX 77725
Office: 409-832-7575
Toll-free Crisis Hotline: 800-621-8882

Rape Crisis Victim Services
Howard County
PO Box 2137
Big Spring, TX 79721

Rape Crisis Hotline
Tarrant County
1723 Hemphill St
Fort Worth, TX 76110-1516

Rape Crisis Center
Lubbock County
PO Box 2000
Lubbock, TX 79457

Rape Crisis Center
Hidalgo County
420 N 21st St
Mcallen, TX 78501-6920

Rape Crisis Center Comal County
1547 E. Common
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Toll-free Crisis Hotline: 800-434-8013

Rape Crisis Center
Hays County
PO Box 234
San Marcos, TX 78667

Rape Crisis Program Montgomery County
Spring, TX 77380
Office: 281-292-4338
Crisis Hotline: 936-441-7273

Hope of South Texas - Sexual Assault Crisis Agency
Victoria County
314 Rio Grande
Victoria, TX 77901
Office: 361-573-5868
Toll-free hotline: 800-365-7345

Rape Crisis Center
Ector County
P.O. Box 7741
Odessa, TX 79760
Crisis Hotline: 800-658-6779

YWCA Women's Counseling and Resource Center
1524 S IH 35, Suite 315
Austin, TX 78704


Rape Crisis Center
Utah County
PO Box 1075
Provo, UT 84603

Rape Crisis Center
Salt Lake County
2035 S 1300th E
Salt Lake City, UT 84105


Women's Rape Crisis Center
PO Box 92
Burlington, Vermont 05402
24 hour hotline: 802-863-1236 or
1-800-489-7273 (from anywhere in Vermont)
Office phone: 802-864-0555


Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA)
Charlottesville County
423 Lexington Ave.
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Virginia Family Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline
York County
2850 Sandy Bay Rd. Suite 101
Williamsburg VA 23185
Office: 757-221-0990
Toll-free Crisis Hotline: (800) 838-8238

Sexual Assault Response and Awareness
Office on Women
421 King St., Suite 400
Alexandria VA 22314
(703) 838-5030
Hotline: (703) 683-7273

The Crisis Center
Bristol County
100 Oakview Ave
Bristol, VA 24203
(540) 466-2218
Hotline: (888) 540-4662

Danville City County
PO Box 2381
Danville, VA 24541
(804) 799-3683

Citizens Against Sexual Assault
Harrisonburg County
PO Box 1473
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
(540) 432-6430

Sexual Assault Outreach Program
Prince George County
1016 Maplewood Ave.
Hopewell, VA 23860
(804) 458-2704
Hotline: (804) 458-2840

LAWS Sexual Assault Services
Loudon County
9 Laudon St. SE
Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 771-9020

Project Horizon
Lexington City County
120 Varner Lane
Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 463-7861
Hotline: (540) 463-2594

Sexual Assault Response Program Crisis Line of Central VA, Inc.
Lynchburg City County
PO Box 3074
Lynchburg, VA 24503
(804) 947-7422
Hotline: (888) 947-7273

Sexual Assault Support Services
Norfolk County
253 W. Freemason St.
Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 623-2115
Hotline: (757) 622-4300

Sexual Assault Response & Awareness
Blue Ridge Community Services
Roanoke County
424 Elm Ave.
Roanoke, VA 24016
Office: (540) 345-7273
Hotline: (540) 981-9352

Sexual Assault Victims' Advocacy Services
Prince William County
PO Box 4783
Woodbridge, VA 22194
Office: (703) 497-1192
Hotline: (703) 368-4141

Violence Intervention Program
Arlington VA
Office: 703-228-4868
Crisis Hotline: 703-228-4848


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Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter
Vancouver, B.C
Tel604) 872-8212
Fax: (604) 876-8450

Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan
217 - 230 Avenue R South
Saskatoon, SK
S7M 2Z1 Canada
Ph: 306-934-1022


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Many state agencies have counseling services, provide legal referrals and advocacy, operate community education programs and offer support groups. For more information, please contact RAINN's office at (202) 544-1034 or RAINN's national hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE or check your local phone book under "Rape" or "Sexual Assault

American Domestic Violence Crisis Line (Americans living overseas)
3300 NW 185th #133, Portland, OR 97229
Phone 1-866-879-6636, Website

Domestic Violence & Incest Resource Centre (Australia)

Hot Peach Pages - Worldwide List of Agencies Against Domestic Violence

Shelternet (Canada)

UNIFEM, United Nations Development for Women

Women's Aid (United Kingdom)

Women's Link Worldwide (Western Europe and Latin America)


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Domestic violence is a pervasive problem in virtually all countries, cultures, classes and income groups. It is a complex and multifaceted problem with individual solutions that are appropriate for different women in different socio-cultural contexts.

Both short and long-term measures must be considered. Short-term measures consist of assistance programs that protect the individual woman who has been or is being abused. They often focus on the critical period after a woman leaves her home, providing her with food, shelter, and guidance. This is the period when a woman is most at-risk from the perpetrator seeking retribution, or when she might return to the home out of a sense of hopelessness. Long-term measures seek to educate the public and empower the woman to re-establish her life without violence.

Any response should involve an interrelationship between the health, legal and social sectors, so that the woman is not continually referred to another agency. One innovative approach is the use of "family crisis centers," or "victim advocates" to act as the woman's link to the various sectors.

Support can come in various forms:

Crisis Intervention:

crisis intervention services
crisis hot lines
shelters or other emergency residential
medical services
transportation networks
laws that allow either
victims or perpetrators to be removed from the home
Emotional Support:

self-help support groups
assertiveness training
self-esteem and confidence-building
parenting skills courses
Advocacy and Legal Assistance:

access to and custody of children
property matters
financial support
restraining orders
public assistance benefits
help with immigration status
Other Supportive Services:

housing and safe accommodations
child care
access to community services


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Here in Canada,

rape and abuse hotlines for women and children are :

CanadaKids Help Phone Jeunesse,Jecoute - 1800 668 6868 (24hrs Toll Free anywhere in Canada)

Child Abuse Hotline:1.800.387.KIDS (5437)

and this is a great site for canadian women and children who need help:


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American Bar Association
Commission on Domestic Violence WARNINGTaking all of the actions on this page may not prevent an abuser from discovering your email and internet activity. The safest way to find information on the internet is to go to a safer computer. Suggestions are: a local library, a friend's house or your workplace. Other safety suggestions: change your password often, do not pick obvious words or numbers for your password, and pick a combination of letters and numbers for your password.
HOW AN ABUSER CAN DISCOVER YOUR INTERNET ACTIVITIESemail: if an abuser has access to your email account, he or she may be able to read your incoming and outgoing mail. if you believe your account is secure, make sure you choose a password he or she will not be able to guess.
If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing email messages, they may be printed and saved as evidence of this abuse. Additionally, the messages may constitute a federal offense. For more information on this issue, contact your local United States Attorney's Office.

history / cache file: if an abuser knows how to read your computer's history or cache file (automatically saved web pages and graphics), he or she may be able to see information you have viewed recently on the internet.

You can clear your history or empty your cache file in your browser's settings.*

Pulldown Edit menu, select Preferences. Click on Navigator on choose 'Clear History'. Click on Advanced then select Cache. Click on "Clear Disk Cache".
On older versions of Netcape: Pulldown Options menu. Select Network Options, Select Cache. Click on "Clear Disk Cache".

Internet Explorer:
Pull down Tools menu, select Internet Options. On General page, under Temporary Internet Files, click on "Delete Files." If asked, check the box to delete all offline content. Still within the Temporary Internet Files section, click on Settings. (This next step may make it harder to navigate pages where you'd like your information to be remembered, but these remaining cookies do show website pages you have visited. Therefore, use your own judgment as to whether or not to take this next step). Click on "View Files." Manually highlight all the files (cookies) shown, then hit Delete. Close that window, then on General page under History section, click on "Clear History."

Pulldown Members menu, select Preferences. Click on WWW icon. Then select Advanced. Purge Cache.
Additionally, a victim needs to make sure that the "Use Inline Autocomplete" box is NOT checked. This function will complete a partial web address while typing a location in the address bar at the top of the browser.

If you are using Internet Explorer, this box can be found on the MS Internet Explorer Page by clicking on "Tools" at the top of the screen, then "Internet Options," and then the "Advanced" tab. About halfway down there is a "Use inline AutoComplete" box that can be checked and unchecked by clicking on it. Uncheck the box to disable the feature that automatically completes an internet address when you start typing in the internet address box.

* This information may not completely hide your tracks. Many browser types have features that display recently visited sites. The safest way to find information on the internet, would be at a local library, a friend's house, or at work.

For help call the National Domestic Violence Hotline:
1-800-799-SAFE 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Contact information:
ABA Commission on Domestic Violence
740 15th Street, NW, 9th Floor
Washington, DC, 20005-1022


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 July 30, 2005 2:03 PM

Domestic violence is not defined solely by specific physical acts, but by a combination of psychological, social and familial factors. In some families, perpetrators of domestic violence may routinely beat their spouses until they require medical attention. In other families, the physical violence may have occurred in the past; perpetrators may currently exert power and control over their partners simply by looking at them a certain way or reminding them of prior episodes. In still other families, the violence may be sporadic, but may have the effect of controlling the abused partner. Dr. Mary Ann Dutton, a leading clinical psychologist, defines domestic violence as a pattern of interaction in which one intimate partner is forced to change his or her behavior in response to the threats or abuse of the other partner. (Dutton, 1994)

What types of things indicate abuse?

Everyone argues or fights with their partner or spouse now and then. When you argue or fight at home, what happens? Do you ever change your behavior because you are afraid of the consequences of a fight?

Do you feel that your partner or spouse treats you well? Is there anything that goes on at home that makes you feel afraid?

Has your partner or spouse ever hurt or threatened you or your children? Has your partner or spouse ever put their hands on you against your will? Has your partner or spouse ever forced you to do something you did not want to do? Does your partner or spouse criticize you or your children often?

Has your partner or spouse ever tried to keep you from taking medication you needed or from seeking medical help? Does your partner refuse to let you sleep at night?

Has your partner or spouse ever hurt your pets or destroyed your clothing, objects in your home, or something which you especially cared about? Does your partner or spouse throw or break objects in the home or damage the home itself during arguments?

Does your partner or spouse act jealously, for example, always calling you at work or home to check up on you? Is it hard for you to maintain relationships with your friends, relatives, neighbors, or co-workers because your partner or spouse disapproves of, argues with, or criticizes them? Does your partner or spouse accuse you unjustly of flirting with others or having affairs? Has your partner or spouse ever tried to keep you from leaving the house?

Does your spouse or partner make it hard for you to find or keep a job or go to school?

Every family has their own way of handling finances. Does your partner or spouse withhold money from you when you need it? Do you know what your family's assets are? Do you know where important documents like bank books, check books, financial statements, birth certificates, and passports for you and members of your family are kept? If you wanted to see or use any of them, would your partner or spouse make it difficult for you to do so? Does your spouse or partner sometimes spend large sums of money and refuse to tell you why or what the money was spent on?

Has your spouse or partner ever forced you to have sex or made you do things during sex that make you feel uncomfortable? Does your partner demand sex when you are sick, tired, or sleeping?

Has your spouse or partner ever used or threatened to use a weapon against you? Are there guns in your home?

Does your spouse or partner abuse drugs or alcohol? What happens?


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 July 30, 2005 2:05 PM

Whether or not you feel able to leave an abuser,
there are things you can do to make yourself and your family safer.


If you are at home & you are being threatened or attacked:

Stay away from the kitchen (the abuser can find weapons, like knives, there)
Stay away from bathrooms, closets or small spaces where the abuser can trap you
Get to a room with a door or window to escape
Get to a room with a phone to call for help; lock the abuser outside if you can
Call 911 (or your local emergency number) right away for help; get the dispatcher's name
Think about a neighbor or friend you can run to for help
If a police officer comes, tell him/her what happened; get his/her name & badge number
Get medical help if you are hurt
Take pictures of bruises or injuries
Call a domestic violence program or shelter (some are listed here); ask them to help you make a safety plan


Learn where to get help; memorize emergency phone numbers
Keep a phone in a room you can lock from the inside; if you can, get a cellular phone that you keep with you at all times
If the abuser has moved out, change the locks on your door; get locks on the windows
Plan an escape route out of your home; teach it to your children
Think about where you would go if you need to escape
Ask your neighbors to call the police if they see the abuser at your house; make a signal for them to call the police, for example, if the phone rings twice, a shade is pulled down or a light is on
Pack a bag with important things you'd need if you had to leave quickly; put it in a safe place, or give it to a friend or relative you trust
Include cash, car keys & important information such as: court papers, passport or birth certificates, medical records & medicines, immigration papers
Get an unlisted phone number
Block caller ID
Use an answering machine; screen the calls
Take a good self-defense course


Teach them not to get in the middle of a fight, even if they want to help
Teach them how to get to safety, to call 911, to give your address & phone number to the police
Teach them who to call for help
Tell them to stay out of the kitchen
Give the principal at school or the daycare center a copy of your court order; tell them not to release your children to anyone without talking to you first; use a password so they can be sure it is you on the phone; give them a photo of the abuser
Make sure the children know who to tell at school if they see the abuser
Make sure that the school knows not to give your address or phone number to ANYONE


Change your regular travel habits
Try to get rides with different people
Shop and bank in a different place
Cancel any bank accounts or credit cards you shared; open new accounts at a different bank
Keep your court order and emergency numbers with you at all times
Keep a cell phone & program it to 911 (or other emergency number)


Keep a copy of your court order at work
Give a picture of the abuser to security and friends at work
Tell your supervisors - see if they can make it harder for the abuser to find you
Don't go to lunch alone
Ask a security guard to walk you to your car or to the bus
If the abuser calls you at work, save voice mail and save e-mail
Your employer may be able to help you find community resources


Protection or Restraining Orders

Ask your local domestic violence program who can help you get a civil protection order and who can help you with criminal prosecution
Ask for help in finding a lawyer
In most places, the judge can:

Order the abuser to stay away from you or your children
Order the abuser to leave your home
Give you temporary custody of your children & order the abuser to pay you temporary child support
Order the police to come to your home while the abuser picks up personal belongings
Give you possession of the car, furniture and other belongings
Order the abuser to go to a batterers intervention program
Order the abuser not to call you at work
Order the abuser to give guns to the police
If you are worried about any of the following, make sure you:

Show the judge any pictures of your injuries
Tell the judge that you do not feel safe if the abuser comes to your home to pick up the children to visit with them
Ask the judge to order the abuser to pick up and return the children at the police station or some other safe place ..


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 July 30, 2005 2:06 PM

Myths and Facts About Domestic Violence
Lawyers have a duty to confront and challenge misperceptions about domestic violence because such stereotypes may affect the relief that they can obtain on behalf of clients. At a minimum, law students should be educated about the following myths and realities:
Myth: Victims of domestic violence like to be beaten.
Fact: Victims of domestic violence have historically been characterized as masochistic women who enjoy being beaten. Evidence does not support this anachronistic psychological theory. Rather, victims of domestic violence desperately want the abuse to end, and engage in various survival strategies, including calling the police or seeking help from family members, to protect themselves and their children. (Dutton, The Dynamics of Domestic Violence, 1994) Silence may also be a survival strategy in some cases. Moreover, enduring a beating to keep the batterer from attacking the children may be a coping strategy used by a victim, but does not mean that the victim enjoys it.

Myth: Victims of domestic violence have psychological disorders.
Fact: This characterization of battered women as mentally ill stems from the assumption that victims of domestic violence must be sick or they would not "take" the abuse. More recent theories demonstrate that battered women resist abuse in a variety of ways. (Dutton, The Dynamics of Domestic Violence, 1994) In addition, most victims of domestic violence are not mentally ill, although individuals with mental disabilities are certainly not immune from being abused by their spouses or intimate partners. Some victims of domestic violence suffer psychological effects, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or depression, as a result of being abused. (Dutton, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Amoung Battered Women, 1994)

Myth: Low self-esteem causes victims to get involved in abusive relationships.
Fact: Traditional theories presumed that individuals with adequate self-esteem would not "allow" themselves to be abused by intimate partners or spouses. In fact, studies have demonstrated that victims of domestic violence fail to share common characteristics other than being female. (Cahn & Meier, 1995) There is little support for the theory that low self-esteem causes victims to become involved in abusive relationships, however, some victims may experience a decrease in self-esteem as a result of being abused, since perpetrators frequently degrade, humiliate, and criticize victims.

Myth: Victims of domestic violence never leave their abusers, or if they do, they just get involved in other abusive relationships.
Fact: Most victims of domestic violence leave their abusers, often several times. It may take a number of attempts to permanently separate because abusers use violence, financial control, or threats about the children, to compel victims to return. Additionally, a lack of support from friends, family members, or professionals, such as court personnel, law enforcement officers, counselors, or clergy members, may cause victims to return. Since the risk of further violence often increases after victims separate from their abusers, it can be even harder for victims to leave if they cannot obtain effective legal relief. Victims who receive appropriate legal assistance at an early stage increase their chances of obtaining the protection and financial security they need to leave their abusers permanently. While some victims may become involved with other partners who later begin to abuse them, there is no evidence that the majority of victims have this experience.

Myth: Batterers abuse their partners or spouses because of alcohol or drug abuse.
Fact: Alcohol or substance abuse does not cause perpetrators of domestic violence to abuse their partners, though it is frequently used as an excuse. Substance abuse may increase the frequency or severity of violent episodes in some cases. (Jillson & Scott, 1996) Because substance abuse does not cause domestic violence, requiring batterers to attend only substance abuse treatment programs will not effectively end the violence. Such programs may be useful in conjunction with other programs, such as batterer intervention programs.

Myth: Perpetrators of domestic violence abuse their partners or spouses because they are under a lot of stress or unemployed.
Fact: Stress or unemployment does not cause batterers to abuse their partners. Since domestic violence cuts across socioeconomic lines, domestic abuse cannot be attributed to unemployment or poverty. Similarly, advocates note that if stress caused domestic violence, batterers would assault their bosses or co-workers rather than their intimate partners. Domestic violence flourishes because society condones spouse or partner abuse, and because perpetrators learn that they can achieve what they want through the use of force, without facing serious consequences.

Myth: Law enforcement and judicial responses, such as arresting batterers or issuing civil protection orders, are useless.
Fact: There is a great deal of debate about the efficacy of particular actions by law enforcement or the judiciary. Research on the usefulness of mandatory arrest or civil protection orders has yielded conflicting results. (See Buzawa & Buzawa, 1996; Sherman & Berk, 1984; Zorza, 1994) Most experts agree, however, that actions by one piece of the system are only effective when the rest of the criminal justice and civil systems are functioning, (Zorza, 1996; Wanless, 1996) and that improved protocols can decrease domestic violence related homicides.


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Campaign Against Domestic Violence (CADV)

To increase awareness of domestic violence.
To campaign for facilities and resources for women experiencing domestic violence.
To campaign for legal change.
To support women imprisoned for defending themselves against violent partners. Based: Londonwide Service: Londonwide Address: PO Box 2371
E1 5NQ Phone: 020-8520 5881 Fax: 020-8985 2932 Email:


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 July 30, 2005 2:07 PM

Ashiana Project

Advice, support and safe temporary housing for young South Asian, Turkish and Iranian women escaping any form or degree of physical, sexual, mental or emotional abuse. Also has an outreach service at a personal and community level. Referral criteria: Women between the ages of 16 - 30, without children, homeless, suffering abuse or extreme personal restrictions. Women Only: Yes Based: Waltham Forest Service: Londonwide Specific Ethnic Community? Asian, Turkish, Iranian. Address: PO Box 816
E11 1QY Helpline: Phone: 020-8539 9656 / 020-8539 0427 Fax: 020-8539 1900 Email: Hours: 9.30am to 5.00pm Languages Spoken: English, Punjabi, Urdu, Farsi. Current Funders: London Borough of Waltham Forest Donations Sought: Yes Send Donations or for more Details to: Ashiana Project, PO Box 816, LONDON E11 1QY Date First Included: 01/03/99 Information Updated: 12th January 2004


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 July 30, 2005 2:08 PM

Newham Action Against Domestic Violence

To combat the effects of Domestic Violence on adults and children, to prevent further poverty and disadvantage and to raise awareness of the issue both locally and nationally. Based In: Newham Service Is: Newham and surrounding boroughs Address: St Marks Community Centre
Tollgate Road
E6 5YA Helpline: 020-7473 3047 Phone: 020-7473 3047 Fax: 020-7511 5520 Email: [ send green star]

Anjee R.
Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre March 17, 2005 6:16 PM

Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre

* Supporting and counselling women regardless of ethnicity or socio-economic cirumstances who have been raped or sexually abused.
* Helpline open 365 days a year.
* Face to Face Counselling Monday to Friday Women Only: Yes Based: Croydon Service: Helpline: Nationwide
Counselling: Croydon and surrounding areas South and Southeast London Address: PO Box 383
CR9 2AW Helpline: 08451 221 331 Phone: 020-8683 3311 - Office and Counselling Minicom: 020-8239 1124 Fax: 020-8683 3366 Email: Hours for Helpline 12.00-12.30pm and 7.00-9.30pm Monday to Friday
2.30-5.00pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays


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London & Scotland cont... July 30, 2005 2:10 PM

Police Stations: St Andrews: 01334 418900 Cupar: 01334 418700 Glenrothes: 01592 418600 Domestic Violence Unit: A confidential service providing information and support which is staffed by a social worker and a police officer. Telephone: 01592 418460 |Top| Textphone: 01592 418492 Monday - Friday 9.00-5.00 The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority: The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Tay House 300 Bath Street Glasgow G2 4JR Tel: 0141 331 2726 |Top| Housing Services: Housing Out of Hours Emergency Service: 01592 412865 Howe of Fife/Taybridgehead Local Office Tayside Institue 90-92 High Street Newburgh Tel: 01337 883000 St Andrews Local Office St Mary's Place St Andrews KY16 9UY Tel: 01334 412525 East Neuk Local Office Ladywalk Anstruther KY10 3EX Tel: 01383 592110 Cupar Local Office County Buildings Cupar KY15 4TA North East Fife Key Fund (Helps homeless people by providing a deposit or guarantee to landlords.) Tel: 01334 412890 |Top| Benifits Agency Offices Dundee Lindsay House 30 Ward Road Dundee DD1 1QB Tel: 01382 313400 (Postal Districts covered: DD1-6, KY7, 15-16, PH12-14) Kirkcaldy 26 Victoria Road Kirkcaldy Fife KY1 1EA Tel: 01592 647500 (Postal Districts covered: KY1-3, 5-8, 14-16) Leven Walton House Victoria Road Leven Fife KY8 4RN Tel: 01333 593000 (Postal Districts covered: KY1, 7-10, 15-16) |Top| Citizens' Advice and Rights Fife (Carf) Cupar 11 St Catherine Street Tel: 01334 412485 |Top| Other Useful Numbers: Fife Alcohol Advisory Service 17a Tolbooth Street Kirkcaldy Tel: 01592 206200 Dunfermiline Area Abuse Survivors Project (For people who have experianced sexual abuse.) Tel: 01383 739084 Kirkcaldy Area Abuse Surviors Project (For adult survivors of child abuse.) Tel: 01592 644217  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Australlia July 30, 2005 2:11 PM


Domestic Violence is the most common form of assault in Australia
Each year in Victoria between 30 and 40 women and children are killed by their husbands, defacto, boyfriends, ex-partners, fathers and sons (women's coalition against family violence 94)
One in seven married women will be subjected to domestic violence (Scutt 83)
Where women kill their partners, it is well documented that it is likely to have been as a result of a long history of being victimised by them (Queensland DV Taskforce 88)
97% of domestic violence offenders are male (Stannard 87)
Domestic Violence includes physical abuse, mental torture, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, social deprivation, public humiliation, verbal assaults and financial control
Alongside domestic violence, sexual assault is probably the most under reported crime of the century (CASA House 89)
The myths that surround domestic violence (that it is alcohol or stress does it - men do it; that women ask for it - they don't; that it should be kept in the family - this continues to hide dv etc) are lies that keep women and children from telling
Realising that you are not to blame is one of the first steps to healing
We provide confidential personal support for women and children who have or are experiencing domestic violence
We run support groups regularly for survivors of domestic violence; for survivors of childhood sexual assault and for young women who have survived abuse
We manage a domestic violence outreach service for the Ballarat, Golden Plains, Moorabool, Hepburn and Pyrenees Shires
We maintain a free lending library for women with many self help books
We participate in local networks and services and can provide service-users with appropriate referrals
Our details are;
Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.30pm

119 Lyons St Nth, Ballarat 3350

phone: (03) 53 333 666

P.O. Box 1044; Ballarat Mail Centre 3354

Or use email:


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 July 30, 2005 2:12 PM

abuse info in 70 langauges  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 July 30, 2005 2:13 PM

(click here for Articles/Information/Research)

American Domestic Violence Crisis Line
3300 N.W. 185th Street, Suite 133
Portland, OR 97229
Phone: (503) 846-8748
Toll-free: 1-866-USWOMEN (International Crisis Line)
Organization dedicated to assisting American women living overseas victimized by domestic violence. Outreach, safety planning, extensive support services, general info on domestic violence at website.

Arugaan ng Kalakasan
P.O. Box 1044, Citimall, Diliman
Quezon City, Philippines
Phone: 430 4207/430 4227
Arugaan ng Kalakasan is a SEC-registered NGO providing services for battered women and mobilizing the community to action against domestic violence.

British Columbia Institute Against Family Violence (Canada)
409 Granville Street, Suite 551
Vancouver, BC V6C 1T2
Phone: (604) 669-7055
Toll-free: 1-877-755-7055

Canadian National Clearinghouse on Family Violence
Health Promotion and Programs Branch
Health Canada
Jeanne Mance Building
1907D1, Tunney's Pasture
Ottawa, ON K1A 1B4
Phone: (613) 957-2938
TTY Toll-free: 1-800-561-5643
Toll-free: 1-800-267-1291
The NCFV is a national resource centre for all Canadians seeking information about violence within the family, including spouse/partner abuse, child abuse, and elder abuse.

Domestic Violence and Incest Resource Centre
292 Wellington Street
Collingwood 3066
Victoria, Australia
Phone: (03) 9486-9866
TTY: (03) 9417-2155
Information and referral to local services for domestic violence victims, the children of domestic violence victims, and victims of intrafamiliar sexual abuse, throughout Australia.

Family Violence and Sexual Assault Institute
6160 Cornerstone Court East
San Diego, CA 92121
Phone: (858) 623 - 2777

International Family Violence Prevention Fund
383 Rhode Island Street, Suite 304
San Francisco, CA 94163-5133
Phone: (415) 252-8900
TTY Toll-free: 1-800-595-4889

Muslim Women's Help Line
Unit 3, 1st Floor
GEC Estate, East Lane
Wembley HA9 7PX, U.K.
Phone: 0181 904 8193 or 0181 908 6715
Hotline for Muslim women and girls in the U.K. dealing with domestic violence, sexual abuse, and other problems.

National Domestic Violence Hotline (Canada)
Toll-free: 1-800-363-9010
All provinces. Bilingual (English & French).

National Organization of Battered Women's Shelters (Sweden)
ROKS, Hornsgatan 66
118 21 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: 08-422 99 30

Northern Ireland Women's Aid Federation
129 University Street
Belfast BT7 1HP
Phone: (028) 90 249041
Helpline: (028) 90 331818
24-hour helpline for domestic violence victims. Support and information, referrals to refuges, counseling, and services for children.

Nottelefon Zurich
Phone: 01-291 46 46
(Pages available in German, English, French, Spanish & Italian) Counseling by phone and in person, free referrals to doctors and legal advisors, for women dealing with sexual harassment or abuse, or exploitation by therapists, doctors, ministers, at work or home.

Provincial Association of Transition Houses of Saskatchewan (P.A.T.H.S.)
1940 McIntyre Street
Regina, SK S4P 2R3
Phone: (306) 522-3515
P.A.T.H.S. is a non-profit organization comprised of safe houses, shelters, transition and interval houses throughout Saskatchewan for women and children victimized by family violence. The Hot Peach Pages provide links to hotlines, shelters, legal and general info on family violence for Saskatchewan, and throughout Canada.

Scottish Women's Aid
Norton Park, 57 Albion Road
Edinburgh, EH75QY
United Kingdom
Phone: 0131 475 2372
Support and information, referrals to refuges, counseling, and services for children.

Selbsthilfe - Missbrauch
A German language website for those recovering from child abuse and domestic violence; includes resources, chat, message forum, web-journal, and links.    [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE)
c/o Austrian Women's Shelter Network
Bacherplatz 10/ 4
1050 Vienna
Phone: 01-5482720
Refuges, hotlines, education, counseling throughout Europe.
(also see: European Info Centre Against Violence; an online searchable database of European organizations and resources maintained by WAVE.)

Women's Aid Federation of England
P.O. Box 391
Bristol B599 7WS, England
Phone: 0117 944 4411
Freephone: 0808 2000 247

Women's Resource Info/Support Centre (Australia)
119 Lyons Street N.
Ballant 3350 Australia
Phone: (03) 53 333 666
Outreach, support, local referrals throughout Australia, downloadable publications, free lending library.
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 July 30, 2005 2:16 PM

Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and to labor organizations, as well as to the federal government.

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual's employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to the following:

The victim as well as the harasser may be a woman or a man. The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex.
The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, an agent of the employer, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or a non-employee.
The victim does not have to be the person harassed but could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.
Unlawful sexual harassment may occur without economic injury to or discharge of the victim.
The harasser's conduct must be unwelcome. It is helpful for the victim to inform the harasser directly that the conduct is unwelcome and must stop. The victim should use any employer complaint mechanism or grievance system available.

When investigating allegations of sexual harassment, EEOC looks at the whole record: the circumstances, such as the nature of the sexual advances, and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred. A determination on the allegations is made from the facts on a case-by-case basis.

Prevention is the best tool to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace. Employers are encouraged to take steps necessary to prevent sexual harassment from occurring. They should clearly communicate to employees that sexual harassment will not be tolerated. They can do so by providing sexual harassment training to their employees and by establishing an effective complaint or grievance process and taking immediate and appropriate action when an employee complains.

It is also unlawful to retaliate against an individual for opposing employment practices that discriminate based on sex or for filing a discrimination charge, testifying, or participating in any way in an investigation, proceeding, or litigation under Title VII.

In Fiscal Year 2004, EEOC received 13,136 charges of sexual harassment. 15.1% of those charges were filed by males. EEOC resolved 13,786 sexual harassment charges in FY 2003 and recovered $37.1 million in monetary benefits for charging parties and other aggrieved individuals (not including monetary benefits obtained through litigation).  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 July 30, 2005 2:17 PM

With No Immediate Cause
by: Ntozake Shange

every 3 minutes a woman is beaten every five minutes a woman is raped/every ten minutes a little girl is molested yet I rode the subway today I sat next to an old man who may have beaten his old wife 3 minutes ago or 3 days/30 years ago he might have sodomized his daughter but I sat there cuz the men on the train might beat some young women later in the day or tomorrow I might not shut my door fast enough push hard enough every 3 minutes it happens some women's innocence rushes to her cheeks/pours from her mouth like the betsy wetsy dolls have been torn apart/their mouths menses red split/every three minutes a shoulder is jammed through plaster and the oven door/ chairs push thru the rib cage/hot water or boiling sperm decorate her body I rode the subway today and bought a paper from an east Indian man who might have held his old lady onto a hot pressing iron/ I didn't know maybe he catches little girls in the parks and rips open their behinds with steel rods/ I can not decide what he might have done I know every 3 minutes every 5 minutes every 10 minutes I boughtt the paper looking for the announcement there has to be an announcement of the women's bodies fond yesterday the missing little girl I sat in a restaurant with my paper looking for the announcement a young man served me coffee I wondered did he pour the boiling coffee on the woman because she was stupid did he put the infant girl in the coffee pot because she cried too much what exactly did he do with hot coffee I looked for the announcement the discover of the dismembered woman's body victims have not all been identified today they are naked and dead/some refuse to testify girl out of 10 is not coherent/ I took the coffee and spit it up I found an announcement/ not the woman's bloated body in the river floating not the child bleeding in the 59th street corridor/ not the baby broken on the floor/

"there is some concern that alleged battered women might start to murder their husbands and lovers with no immediate cause"
I spit up I vomit I am screaming we all have immediate cause every 3 minutes every 5 minutes every 10 minutes every day women's bodies are found in alleys and bedrooms/at the top of the stairs before I ride the subway/buy a paper of drink coffee from your hands I must know have you hurt a woman today did you beat a woman today throw a child cross a room are the little girl's pants in your pocket did you hurt a woman today I have to ask these obscene questions I must know you see ...  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 July 30, 2005 2:19 PM


When you start to read this be prepared because it is so harsh, but unfortunately so true, for the way some children live in fear of the people that are supposed to protect and care for them...............

My name is Sarah
I am but three,
My eyes are swollen
I cannot see,

I must be stupid
I must be bad,
What else could have made
My daddy so mad?

I wish I were better
I wish I weren't ugly,
Then maybe my mommy
Would still want to hug me.

I can't speak at all
I can't do a wrong
Or else I'm locked up
All the day long.

When I awake I'm all alone
The house is dark
My folks aren't home.

When my mommy does come
I'll try and be nice,
So maybe I'll get just
One whipping tonight.

Don't make a sound!
I just heard a car
My daddy is back
From Charlie's Bar.

I hear him curse
My name he calls
I press myself
Against the wall.

I try and hide
From his evil eyes
I'm so afraid now
I'm starting to cry.

He finds me weeping
He shouts ugly words,
He says its my fault
That he suffers at work.

He slaps me and hits me
And yells at me more,
I finally get free
And I run for the door.

He's already locked it
And I start to bawl,
He takes me and throws me
Against the hard wall.

I fall to the floor
With my bones nearly broken,
And my daddy continues
With more bad words spoken.

"I'm sorry!", I scream
But its now much too late
His face has been twisted
Into unimaginable hate.

The hurt and the pain
Again and again
Oh please God, have mercy!
Oh please let it end!

And he finally stops
And heads for the door,
While I lay there motionless
Sprawled on the floor.

My name is Sarah
And I am but three,
Tonight my daddy
Murdered me.

There are thousands of kids out there just like Sarah. And you can all I am asking you to do, is take some time to send this on and acknowledge that this stuff does happen, and that people like her dad do live in our society, and I pray for child abuse to wither out and die, but also pray for the safety of our youth.

Please pass this poem on because as crazy as it might sound, it might jus t indirectly change a life. Hey, you NEVER know.

Please forward if you are

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