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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Domestic Violence and Abuse: Nonprofits Providing Care, Support and Safe Haven

Violence against women and girls, including domestic abuse, affects millions around the world. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1.3 million women (and about 835,000 men) are victims of physical violence from their partner each and every year. However, domestic violence expands further than just bruises and black eyes. It includes humiliation, manipulation, threats, isolation, stalking and more. 

For many, the home is a place of warmth and safety, and amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of their home has become even more apparent. For millions of others, however, the home is anything but. Below, Charity Navigator has compiled a list of highly-rated nonprofits whose mission is to support survivors, help victims escape these situations, and educate others about domestic violence.

Almost three out of four Americans know someone who is or has been affected by domestic violence. Support survivors and speak out!

If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. For anonymous, confidential help, 24/7, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or  1-800-787-3224 (TTY).

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services ✰✰✰

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) believes that a world free from violence is possible. We work to make Dane County, WI, a safer, more just, more equitable place for people who have experienced domestic violence, their children, and the people who love them. Our mission is to empower those affected by domestic violence and advocate for social change through support, education and outreach. To make this happen, DAIS offers a wide array of crisis intervention and community education/prevention programs, including a 24-hour Help Line, programming for children from violent homes, legal advocacy, support groups, emergency safety planning, and the only domestic violence shelter for all of Dane County.

Domestic Violence Action Center 100/100

The Domestic Violence Action Center is committed to addressing domestic violence and other forms of harm through leadership, unique services, legal representation, survivor and system advocacy, community education and social change work.

We believe all persons should be treated with equality, dignity and fairness. With high quality and culturally sensitive programs, delivered with integrity and compassion we are creating safety and self-sufficiency for survivors and their children.

La Casa de las Madres ✰✰✰✰

Thirty years ago, La Casa de las Madres opened San Francisco's first domestic violence shelter for women and their children. The once-quiet shelter has grown into the city's leading voice for abused women, their children and teens - educating, promoting awareness and changing the community's and the media's perceptions about domestic violence and its victims. Through a broad service continuum, we also provide expert intervention and prevention services to more than 10,000 community members annually. Our service continuum offers emergency residential shelter and community-based services to women, teens and their children while providing advocacy, counseling, family-based services and referrals. All services are free of charge and confidential.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence ✰✰✰✰

Established in 1978, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) works to organize for collective power by advancing transformative work, thinking, and leadership of communities and individuals working to end the violence in our lives. NCADV's work includes coalition building at the local, state, regional and national levels; support for the provision of community-based, non-violent alternatives - such as safe home and shelter programs - for battered women and their children; public education and technical assistance; policy development and innovative legislation; focus on the leadership of NCADV's caucuses and task forces developed to represent the concerns of organizationally under represented groups; and efforts to eradicate social conditions which contribute to violence against women and children.

National Domestic Violence Hotline 100/100

The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides crisis intervention, safety planning, resources, information and referrals to those affected by relationship abuse.

National Network to End Domestic Violence ✰✰✰✰

Founded in 1990, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is a social change organization that is dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists. NNEDV offers a range of programs and initiatives to address the complex causes and far-reaching consequences of domestic violence. Through cross-sector collaborations and corporate partnerships, we offer support to victims of domestic violence who are escaping abusive relationships, and empowers survivors to build new lives, work closely with its members to understand the ongoing and emerging needs of domestic violence victims and advocacy programs, and provide state coalitions with critical information and resources.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network ✰✰✰

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org or rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.


TESSA's mission is to help women and their children achieve safety and wellbeing while challenging communities to end sexual and family violence. TESSA will foster a community free of domestic violence and sexual assault by raising awareness in the community, working with key partners, and educating children and teens. Simultaneously, TESSA will empower survivors to forge new paths to wellbeing and self-sufficiency, by supporting them with evidence-based services such as housing, counseling, legal help, advocacy, and other services they tell us they need located at multi-service sites.

Utah Domestic Violence Council 100/100

Utah Domestic Violence Coalition is a private non-profit organization recognized nationally for providing expertise concerning issues of domestic and sexual violence to member programs, community partners and others in Utah. Their work is focused around these four essential areas: advocate, collaborate, educate, and connect, aspiring to create a state where domestic and sexual violence are intolerable.

Written by Amanda Knox, Marketing & Communications Assistant at Charity Navigator

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