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If you are in immediate danger, call 911 right away.

If you need a women's shelter call 211 for all social services referrals. It works in most states.

Domestic Violence Hotline - 1.800.799.SAFE(7233)

Battered Women's Justice Project 1.800.903.0111

Resource Center on Child Protection and Custody 1.800.527.3223

Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence 1.800.313.1310

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Find help in your state from 4woman

State by state resources

Domestic violence state coalitions from ncadv

Safety plan

Find a woman's shelter - homeless resources

What are domestic violence shelters like?

A world wide directory of International abuse and crisis help lines


Emergency plan: you should have one.

Emergency plans and recognizing the abuse cycle.

"Getting ready to leave: Use a safety plan

Leaving an abuser can be dangerous. You're the only person who knows the safest time to leave. Make sure you prepare a safety plan so that you can act quickly when the time is right. Consider taking these precautions:

* Arrange a safety signal with a neighbor as an alert to call the police if necessary.
* Prepare an emergency bag that includes items you'll need when you leave, such as extra clothes, important papers, money, extra keys and prescription medications.
* Know exactly where you'll go and how you'll get there, even if you have to leave in the middle of the night.
* Call a local women's shelter or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233 to find out about legal options and resources available to you, before you need them.
* If you have school-age children, notify the school authorities about custody arrangements, warn them about possible threats and advise the school on what information to keep confidential.

As part of a safety plan, avoid making long-distance phone calls from home because the abuser could trace the calls to find out where you're going. And the abuser may be able to intercept your cell phone conversations using a scanner. Switch to a corded phone if you're relaying sensitive information.

Also, be aware that the abuser may be able to monitor your Internet activities and access your e-mail account. Change your passwords, get a new e-mail account or access a computer at a friend's house or a local library."

Emergency plan information

Emergency pack suggestions


Nonprofit resources

National coalition against domestic violence

"The Mission of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence is to organize for collective power by advancing transformative work, thinking and leadership of communities and individuals working to end the violence in our lives."

National domestic violence hotline

"The National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) serves as the only center in the nation that provides information regarding 5000 local and nationwide shelters and service providers available for victims, friends and family who often call for life saving help. The Hotline operates 24 hours a day in over 150 languages with a TTY line available for the deaf."

Family violence prevention fund

"The Family Violence Prevention Fund works to prevent violence within the home, and in the community, to help those whose lives are devastated by violence because everyone has the right to live free of violence."

NCVC domestic violence information

Aphrodite Wounded

Help for women sexually assaulted by partners.

Government resources

Medline domestic violence resources

This is a very well respected resource for medical information.

Office on violence against women

Of the 437,990 cases of domestic violence perpetrated against women and 83,750 against men in 2004 - 27,380 were sexual assaults. FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports


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Goldberg, W. G. & Tomlanovich,. (1984). Domestic violence victims in the emergency department. New findings JAMA, (251) 3259-3264.

Prah, P. M. (2006, January 6). Domestic violence. CQ Researcher, 16, 1-24. Retrieved February 1, 2007, from CQ Researcher Online,

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