General Resources

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) offers a wide variety of information relating to sexual violence including a large legal resource library.

 

National Organization for Victim Assistance

Founded in 1975, NOVA is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States. They connect victims with services and resources and ensure that professional core competencies are met and maintained by those working directly with crime victims through credentialing programs.

 

National Resource Center on Violence Against Women

VAWnet, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence hosts a resource library home of thousands of materials on violence against women and related issues, with particular attention to its intersections with various forms of oppression.

 

The 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. They connect survivors to domestic shelters, mental health practitioners, and possible legal support. In addition, they also offer a hotline and online chat linking survivors to professionals.

 

National Street Harassment Hotline

Created by Stop Street Harassment, Defend Yourself, and operated by RAINN, the National Street Harassment Hotline is a resource for those affected by gender-based street harassment

 

RAINN

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

 

Legal Resources

National Women’s Law Center

The Center promotes equality and opportunity for women and families. They champion policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential at every stage of their lives — at school, at work, at home, and in retirement.

Times Up Legal Defense Fund

The TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, which is housed at and administered by the National Women’s Law Center Fund LLC, a subsidiary of NWLC, connects those who experience sexual misconduct including assault, harassment, abuse and related retaliation in the workplace or in trying to advance their careers with legal and public relations assistance. The Fund will help defray legal and public relations costs in select cases based on criteria and availability of funds.

 

ACLU

The ACLU has works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

 

The Laws in Your State

The Laws in Your State provides a database of state laws including mandatory reporting, confidentiality laws, HIV/AIDS testing of sexual offenders, termination of a rapists’ parental rights, and statute of limitations for all states.

Womenslaw.org

Womenslaw.org provides plain-language legal information for victims of abuse. This includes information about restraining orders and other legal protections for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Attorney Referral Line

The Attorney Referral Line refers callers to attorneys in their geographic area who can represent them in their pursuit of civil claims and victim restitution. Note that the referral line is not an anonymous service. Beyond referrals, their website also gives information about civil lawsuits

 

It Happened to Alexa Foundation

The purpose of the It Happened to Alexa Foundation is to help support rape survivors through the trauma of the criminal trial, in the hopes that more survivors will go through with the prosecution in order to put these perpetrators behind bars. Established in 2003, the foundation assists rape victims’ families throughout the United States with travel expenses during the litigation process.

 

Take Back The Night

Take Back The Night aims to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives.  In addition to counseling and emotional support, Take Back The Night also provides legal support for survivors in every state.

 

Resources for Youth Survivors

National Child Abuse Hotline

The National Child Abuse Hotline provides local referrals for services. A centralized call center provides the caller with the option of talking to a counselor. They are also connected to a language line that can provide service in over 140 languages.

 

Darkness to Light

Darkness to Light provides crisis intervention and referral services to children or people affected by sexual abuse of children. Hotline calls are automatically routed to a local center.

 

Cyber Tipline

This Tipline is operated by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Can be used to communicate information to the authorities about child pornography or child sex trafficking.

 

National Children’s Alliance

This organization represents the national network of Child Advocacy Centers (CAC). CACs are a multidisciplinary team of law enforcement, mental and physical health practitioners who investigate instances of child physical and sexual abuse.

 

Stop It Now

Stop it Now provides resources for victims and parents/relatives/friends of child sexual abuse.

 

Justice for Children

Justice for Children provides a full range of advocacy services for abused and neglected children.

 

Girls for Gender Equity

GGE works to end gender-based violence and challenges structural forces — racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, economic inequality — that work to constrict the freedom, full expression, and rights of trans and cis girls and young women of color, and gnc youth of color. GGE leads healing circles for youth and combats sexual harassment in schools.

 

Break the Cycle

Break the Cycle inspires and supports young people 12 – 24 to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse. We are a culturally affirming organization that centers young people, caring adults, and communities in our prevention and intervention efforts. Our dynamic and diverse team believes that all young people deserve to live in a world where they can thrive.

  • https://www.breakthecycle.org

Human Trafficking Resources

National Human Trafficking Resource Center

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center is national multilingual anti-trafficking hotline. A caller can report a tip and be connected with anti-trafficking services in their area. A caller can also call this hotline and request training and technical assistance, general information, or specific anti-trafficking resources.

 

U.S. Department of Justice Trafficking in Persons and Worker Exploitation Complaint Line

Concerned citizens can call to report suspected instances of human trafficking or worker exploitation and contact the FBI field office nearest to them. The hotline offers foreign language translation services in most languages as well as TTY.

 

Shared Hope International

Shared Hope provides residential facilities for survivors of human trafficking where they can have access to medical and mental health care, education, job training and economic development programs. Today Shared Hope provides these resources in Nepal, India, Jamaica and the United States.

 

Department of Homeland Security

This government agency website has a link to a state and local database of anti-trafficking groups. There is also information regarding immigration status if you are an undocumented victim of trafficking.

 

Polaris

Polaris systemically disrupts the human trafficking networks by helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing the entrapment of more victims, and leveraging data and technology to pursue traffickers wherever they operate. Their website features resources and guides for those plagued by sex trafficking.

 

Domestic Partner Violence Resources

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Through this hotline an advocate can provide local direct service resources (safehouse shelters, transportation, casework assistance) and crisis intervention. Interpreter services available in 170 languages. The National Domestic Violence Hotline also partner with the Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Center to provide a videophone option.

  • Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE

 

National Teen Dating Abuse Online Helpline

This online helpline assists teens who are, or may be, in abusive relationships.

 

Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

The center serves abused Americans, mostly women and children, in both civilian and military populations overseas. In addition to providing domestic violence advocacy, safety planning and case management, the center assists victims with relocation, emergency funds for housing and childcare, and funds for payment of legal fees.

 

Stalking Resource Center

The Stalking Resource Center is a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime. Their website provides statistics on stalking, information on safety planning and other resources.

 

Safe Horizon

Safe Horizon aims to empower victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and sex trafficking. In addition to providing a hotline for survivors, Safe Horizon also provide assist finding domestic violence shelters, family justice centers, and criminal court projects. Safe Horizons also is equipped with immigration law project that provides legal help for immigrants.

 

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)

NCJFCJ’s “Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody” provides technical assistance, training, specialized resources, and policy development to a multi-disciplinary audience on child protection and child custody issues in the context of domestic violence.

 

Resources for LGBTQI Survivors

The Network La Red

The Network/La Red hotline provides emotional support, information, and safety planning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and/or transgender folks, as well as folks in the BDSM or Polyamorous communities who are being abused or have been abused by a partner. Support available in English and Spanish.

  • http://tnlr.org
  • Hotline: 800-832-1901
  • Phone: 617-742-4911
  • TTY: 617-277-4933

 

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs

A coalition of programs that document and advocate for victims of anti-LGBT and anti-HIV/AIDS violence/harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault, police misconduct and other forms of victimization.

  • Hotline: 212-714-1141

 

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project provides a hotline, chatroom, and social network site for all LGBTQI people. Survivors can benefit from their support center and their network of trained counselors.

 

FORGE

FORGE, For Ourselves: Reworking Gender Expression, is home to the Transgender Sexual Violence Project. Their website provides a list of resources for  transgender sexual assault survivors such as mental health providers and support groups nationally and in Wisconsin.

 

Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling

The Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling provides a directory of LGBT-friendly mental health specialists across the United States. Specialists listed are verified members of AGLBTIC, a division of the American Counseling Association.

 

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)

NCTE was founded in 2003 by transgender activists who recognized the urgent need for policy change to advance transgender equality. Their website features a Know Your Rights section that covers discrimination, sexual harassment, and filing a complaint.

 

Resources for College Students

NotAlone.gov

A government website dedicated to educating students and schools about Title IX and sexual assault.

 

Know Your IX

Know Your IX provides information for students about their Title IX rights in regards to ending sexual violence on campus.

 

End Rape on Campus

EROC is an advocacy organization dedicated to assisting students file Title IX complaints. In addition to connecting survivors with various resources such as counseling and help with filing federal complaints, EROC also offers a variety of speaking and educational programs on campuses.

 

The American Association of University Women (AAUW)

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) promotes equity and education for women and girls. Their website features a Ending Campus Sexual Assault Toolkit which contains resources for faculty, staff, students, and advocates on campuses.

 

No More

NO MORE is dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault by increasing awareness, inspiring action and fueling culture change. Through its innovative partnerships, NO MORE creates high-impact, large-scale media campaigns to drive global awareness, inspire action and help transform social norms.

 

It’s On Us

It’s On Us is a national movement to end sexual assault. It’s On Us asks everyone – students, community leaders, parents, organizations, and companies – to step up and realize that the conversation changes with us. It’s a rallying cry to be a part of the solution. The campaign combines innovative creative content and grassroots organizing techniques to spark conversation on a national and local level.

 

Resources for Sexual Assault in Workplace

Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund

The TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, which is housed at and administered by the National Women’s Law Center, connects those who experience sexual misconduct including assault, harassment, abuse and related retaliation in the workplace or in trying to advance their careers with legal and public relations assistance. The Fund will help defray legal and public relations costs in select cases based on criteria and availability of funds

 

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

EEOC is a federal program responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. On their website they provide a list of How-To’s that aim to help the survivors of workplace sexual harassment pursue justice.

 

Equal Rights Advocates

The Equal Rights Advocates protects and expands economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls. In addition to offering counseling and know your rights seminars, the ERA also provides legal advice for women who have faced sexual harassment in the workplace.

 

The United States Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau

The Women’s Bureau develops policies and standards and conducts inquiries to safeguard the interests of working women; to advocate for their equality and economic security for themselves and their families; and to promote quality work environments. Their website provides a list of their regional offices that help provide victims of sexual harassment with resources and support.

 

Women’s Employed, IL (Illinois and Nationwide)

This Illinois based organization aims to mobilize people and organizations to expand educational and employment opportunities for America’s working women. In addition to providing valuable information for survivors, their website also details how to file a report with the EEOC nationally and in Illinois.

 

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United)

The mission of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United is to improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s restaurant workforce. ROC United consists of over 30,000 people who work in restaurants, over 800 high-road employers, and thousands of engaged consumers united for raising restaurant industry standards.

 

National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)

The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women. NDWA works for the respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers.

 

Resources for Male Survivors

1 in 6

1 in 6 aims to be a support for men sexually abused as children. They do this by providing educational information and resources for men, family and friends, and professionals. They offer 24 hour support in the form of a national helpline and online groups for male survivors.

 

Jimhopper.com

Jimhopper.com provides articles that discuss the effects of child sexual abuse on adult men and their loved ones, bringing light to an often overlooked demographic of sexual assault victims.

 

Malesurvivor.org (National and International)

Malesurvivor.org offers support and resources to male sexual assault survivors, their families, and their allies. In addition to creating physical safe spaces for male survivors to connect and share, Malesurvivor.org also connects survivors to a database of counselors located nationally and internationally.

 

Together We Heal

Together We Heal is for any who suffer from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse (CSA). It exists to provide guidance and counseling to those in need, educate any who seek information on how to better protect our children and to expose the sexual predators and their methods.

 

Support for Survivors with Disabilities

National Disability Rights Network

NDRN is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. P&As and CAPs work to improve the lives of people with disabilities by guarding against abuse; advocating for basic rights; and ensuring accountability in health care, education, employment, housing, transportation, and within the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Collectively, the Network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.

 

National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA)

The goal of NAPSA is to provide Adult Protective Services (APS) programs a forum for sharing information, solving problems, and improving the quality of services for victims of elder and vulnerable adult mistreatment. Its mission is to strengthen the capacity of APS at the national, state, and local levels, to effectively and efficiently recognize, report, and respond to the needs of elders and adults with disabilities who are the victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and to prevent such abuse whenever possible.

 

Office of Women’s Health

OWH focuses on emerging women’s health priorities to meet the needs of women and girls. Working collaboratively with federal agencies and partners, OWH supports a variety of campaigns, programs, and policies around health disparities, violence against women, HIV and AIDS, trauma-informed care, health across the lifespan, and the provision of health care.

 

Resources for Military Survivors

Safe Helpline

Safe Helpline is the Department of Defense’s (DoD) sole hotline for members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault. Safe Helpline is a completely anonymous, confidential, 24/7, specialized service—providing help and information anytime, anywhere.  A Safe Helpline user can access one-on-one support, peer-to-peer support, information, resources and self-care exercises 24/7 to aid in their recovery.

 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The US Department of Veterans Affairs provides patient care and federal benefits to veterans and their dependents. The website also provides context on what is  sexual assault and details how it may present itself in the military, while covering on how the Department of VA can support survivors of sexual assault.

 

United States Naval Academy’s Legal Counsel Program

The Navy Victims’ Legal Counsel Program provides survivors of a sexual offense with a dedicated attorney to help victims understand the investigation and military justice process, guard their legal rights and interests and obtain additional support in accessing resources that may assist in their recovery. This attorney is provided to Navy service members and other eligible victims of sexual offenses at Navy expense.

 

Stateside Legal

Stateside Legal is a one-stop shop that aims to help members of the military, veterans, and their families access free and low-cost legal service providers, state agencies, law school clinics and other resources that can help enforce legal rights and benefits; and provide specialized information and resources for advocates and attorneys who want to help veterans, servicemembers and their families. Their website provides the VA benefits a survivor could receive and sexual trauma treatment programs for veterans.

 

Medical or Physical Resources

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) – Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

The SANE program provides training for nurses seeking to provide survivors sensitive, caring, and supportive care following a sexual assault. Their website provides a list of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs in each state. These specialists are registered nurses, who have advanced education in forensic examination of sexual assault survivors.

 

 

Healthcare Center Directory

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services maintains a Healthcare Center Directory that provides information on federally funded health centers that provide a variety of services, even if the recipient does not have health insurance. Patient co-payment is may be on a sliding-scale basis.

 

Center For Disease Control – National Prevention Information Network

The CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) is the U.S. reference and referral service for information on HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and tuberculosis (TB). NPIN is a next-generation clearinghouse and collaborative community that collects and disseminates data and materials and enables prevention professionals on the international, national, state, and local levels to connect and share.

  • Website: https://npin.cdc.gov

 

International Association of Forensic Nurses

The International Association of Forensic Nurses is an international membership organization comprised of forensic nurses working around the world and other professionals who support and complement the work of forensic nursing. Their mission is to provide leadership in forensic nursing practice by developing, promoting, and disseminating information internationally about forensic nursing science by connecting members within the organization.

 

Start Your Recovery

Survivors of sexual violence experience emotionally and physically painful effects after trauma that may make it difficult to maintain a sense of normalcy, even after returning to their daily lives. Some survivors may turn to substance use as a coping mechanism. Start Your Recovery aims to break this cycle by providing substance abuse information that relates to a survivors experience.

 

Resources for Undocumented Individuals

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund

MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community,” MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access

 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the nation’s lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting and securing the homeland, while honoring our values.

 

Domesticshelters.org

Domesticshelters.org is the largest online and mobile searchable directory of domestic violence programs and shelters in the U.S. and Canada. Their website details the protections for undocumented women under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

 

Resources for People of Color

The Women Lawyers Division of the National Bar Association

The Women Lawyers Division (WLD) of the National Bar Association was established in 1972 as a vehicle for women in the practice of law to address the issues and problems that particularly affect, interest, and concern African American women.

 

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc. (NIWRC) is a Native nonprofit organization that was created specifically to serve as the National Indian Resource Center (NIRC) Addressing Domestic Violence and Safety for Indian Women.

 

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence (APIGBV)

The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence is a national resource center on domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence in Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

 

Casa de Esperanza

Casa de Esperanza is a leader in the domestic violence movement and a national resource center for organizations working with Latinos in the United States. Casa de Esperanza’s mission is to “mobilize Latina and Latino communities to end domestic violence.”

 

Mending The Sacred Hoop

Mending the Sacred Hoop is a Native owned and operated non-profit organization that exists to address violence against Native women and works to end it. Their website provides names of other Native sexual violence providers, case summaries of Indian law, and the number to their crisis line.

 

The National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault

The National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA) is a nonprofit organization that works with historically marginalized communities focusing on social justice issues such as, reproductive justice, economics, substance abuse, HIV, disability, immigration, and healthcare. On their website survivors can find local sexual assault organizations specifically for communities of color.

 

INCITE!

INCITE! is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and our communities through direct action, critical dialogue and grassroots organizing. Their website provides historical context, present day context, and possible remedies for women of color living in the dangerous intersections of sexism, racism and other oppressions.

 

Resources for Incarcerated Victims

 

Just Detention International (JDI)

Just Detention International is a health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention. JDI sends every survivor in prison who writes to them a Survivor Packet which includes a self-help guide, contact information for local rape crisis centers, legal aid organizations, and a letter of hope from another prisoner rape survivor. In addition, JDI trains rape crisis counselors to help survivors inside prisons and jails.

Cynthia Totten, Esq.

CA Attorney Reg. #199266

3325 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 340

Los Angeles, CA 90010

 

Justice Now

Working alongside people inside California Women’s prisons, Justice Now aims to dismantle the Prison Industrial Complex in all of its forms.  Justice Now provides legal advocacy to people in California women’s prisons, safeguarding their legal and human rights.

 

Share Your Story

When You’re Ready (WYR)

The When You’re Ready Project was started in 2014, following highly publicized rape and sexual assault allegations that dominated headlines. It was inspired by the women who came forward and bravely told their stories.

 

The Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project originated in Hyannis, Massachusetts in 1990 and is made up of t-shirts created by survivors of violence, or created in honor of someone who has experienced violence. Survivors can create their own shirt telling their story.

 

1 in 3

Founded in 2009, the One in Three Campaign aims to shed light on the percentage of men affected by sexual assault. They urge male survivors of sexual assault to share their stories on their website.

 

Mirror Memoirs

Mirror Memoirs is an oral history project centering the narratives, healing and leadership of LGBTQ survivors of color in the movement to end child sexual abuse.

 

International Resources:

 

 

International Association of Forensic Nurses

The International Association of Forensic Nurses is an international membership organization comprised of forensic nurses working around the world and other professionals who support and complement the work of forensic nursing. Their mission is to provide leadership in forensic nursing practice by developing, promoting, and disseminating information internationally about forensic nursing science by connecting members within the organization.

 

The Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services

The primary work of the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services is to provide leadership, coordination and collaboration of sexual assault services in Alberta. Male survivors can find sexual assault statistics, myths and realities, as well as a list of possible coping skills on their website. ASSAS also provides tips on how to support a loved one who is a male survivor of sexual assault.

 

Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

The center serves abused Americans, mostly women and children, in both civilian and military populations overseas. In addition to providing domestic violence advocacy, safety planning and case management, the center assists victims with relocation, emergency funds for housing and childcare, and funds for payment of legal fees.

 

Equality Labs

Equality Labs is a South Asian organization that uses community research, socially engaged art, and technology to end the oppression of caste apartheid, Islamophobia, white supremacy, and religious intolerance.