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Resources For Children and Adults, Current and Past Victims of Abuse

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We should be aware of signs that indicates that a child is being abused

If you suspect a child is being maltreated, or if you are a child who is being maltreated, call the Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453; TDD 1-800-2-A-CHILD). This hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's staff can tell you where to file your report and can help you make a report.
     For a list of States' toll-free telephone numbers for reporting suspected child abuse, visit the Resource Listings section under this site's Publications page or call the Clearinghouse at 1-800-FYI-3366.

Above info is from:

The Administration of Children and Families
(National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information)
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20447

Phone: 1-800-394-3366 or 1-703-385-7565
Fax: 1-703-385-3206
[email protected]
Website: www.acf.hhs.gov/
        [OLD REVIEW: "Helps you locate research, statistics, state laws, and resources on such topics as prevention, child protection, out-of-home care, and long-term planning. Includes the nation's largest database of child maltreatment and related child welfare materials; summaries and analyses of state laws concerned with child abuse and neglect and child welfare; online access to publications, fact sheets, and searchable databases."]
         Provides detailed information and professional resources that can be utilized by everyone. A good website for someone dealing with the aftermath of child abuse and neglect. -EMB
        Very easy to use website that's got tons of pertinent information about child abuse. -TAL

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Child Help USA Hotline
National Headquarters
15757 N. 78th Street
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
Phone: 1
-800-4-A-CHILD or 1-800-2-A-CHILD (TDD) (24 hrs)
         "Works to break the cycle of child abuse. General information on child abuse and related issues
, as well as referrals to local agencies for child abuse reporting and crisis counseling."
         A national organization meeting physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of abused and neglected children. Services include a national child abuse hotline, treatment programs for abused children, advocacy centers, foster care support services, educational programs, a centralized children's center and counseling services. -NH
           I agree. -EMB
          It also has links to upcoming events and you can search them by state. There are success stories, marathons, and information about the National Day of Hope. Good site. Tons of information. -TAL

Child Witness to Violence Project (CWVP)
Department of Pediatrics
Boston Medical Center
91 East Concord Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
[email protected]
     "A counseling, advocacy, and outreach project that focuses on the growing number of young children who are hidden victims of violence: children who are bystanders to community and domestic violence. The project began in 1992 and currently counsels over 100 children and their families each year. Childhelp programs and services are designed to help children from any situation and let them experience the life they deserve–one filled with love. The principal theme is to provide these children with an environment of love and kindness and with the best possible treatment services so they will see how special they truly are."
       Although its service centers are located in Massachusetts, CWVP also aims to assist children outside the state. Give them a call. They provide counseling, guidance, consultations and training seminars for teachers, physicians and other professionals involved in child-care and development. This is a clean, well-designed and well-organized site; easy to navigate. --SB

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Help children live in a safe and loving home

Domestic Violence Guide
National Hotline:
1-800 799-SAFE
New York Hotline:
        "A self-help guide that explains your legal rights and how to get help from the legal system. Also can help you put together a safety plan and provides telephone numbers to call if you need shelter, advocacy services, counseling, a support group or if you just need someone to talk to. In addition to info that is useful for anyone, also provides up-to-date and accurate information about the legal system in New York State and provides a general explanation of your legal rights. It can help you decide if you want to use the legal system and how to get your rights upheld if you do."
         Great domestic violence survival kit and a very comprehensive site for those seeking help in the New York area. Includes information on everything from changing your locks to job training. Really great site; very useful. -EMB
       The quote on the homepage attracts attention to the rest of the site, but the site doesn't live up to those expectations. There are FAQ's about surviving  domestic violence, which is useful, but there's not much else. -TAL

End Abuse - Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF)
383 Rhode Island Street, Suite 304
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 1-415-252-8900
Fax: 1-415-252-8991
[email protected]
        "A national non-profit organization committed to mobilizing concerned individuals, allied professionals, women's rights, civil rights, and other social justice organizations, and children's groups to join the campaign through public education/prevention campaigns, public policy reform, model training, advocacy programs, and organizing."
        Interesting source of information. Provides ways to get involved from the comfort of your own home, but not so much you can really get up and go do. Overall the web- site is very inspiring and informational. Check out the Celebrity hall of fame and shame in regards to DV. -EMB
        Up-to-date information and news flashes. There are lists of events you can attend, and the site is attractive.

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Children should concentrate on their education instead of having to worry about negative issues affecting their lives

Incest Survivors Anonymous (ISA)
P.O. Box 17245
Long Beach, CA 90807
Phone:   1-
Website: www.lafn.org/medical/isa/home.html
       "An international self-help, mutual-help recovery program for men, women, and teens. Run for and by survivors and their personal prosurvivors."

National Domestic Violence Hotline
P.O. Box 161810
Austin, TX 78716
Phone:  1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
[email protected] or [email protected]
       Provides information and referrals concerning domestic violence.
NDVH is a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention, information and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families. The Hotline answers a variety of calls and is a resource for domestic violence advocates government officials, law enforcement agencies and the general public.
       This site contains information about the hotline and how to contribute to the hotline. 
 Ability to interpret 139 languages. -KJG
       Visually, it's extremely appealing. There is information for everyone here, including the abusers. Extremely helpful site and one of the better ones I've seen. -TAL

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National Family Violence Hotline
Phone: 1-800-222-2000
Gives information on family violence through taped messages.

Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
635-B Pennsylvania Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20003
Office Phone:   1-202-544-1034 or 1-800-656-4673 ext. 3
Hotline: 1-800-656 HOPE (Counselor, ext. 1; donation, ext. 2)
Fax: 1-202-544-3556
[email protected] (Please note, counseling is not available via email.)
        "The nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. Also operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline. Comprised of more than 1,000 local affiliates, the hotline has helped more than half a million victims of sexual assault since 1994. With a national perspective and a broad reach, a trusted resource for media, policymakers and the public. Receives no government funding."
         Site provides numerous articles on an array of topics, as well as a Victim's Counseling Center Search. Site lacks a clear, in-depth self-help guide, but this information may be found in the listing of articles. -EMB
       Voted one of America's 100 best charities. The website isn't as good as some of the others but it does have a petition you can sign, brought to you by Lifetime TV, and also the counseling center search, which works really well. The hotline is free and confidential.

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We can help children express themselves in many different ways

Rural Women Zone
E-Mail: [email protected]
        "Because it's a long way from my house to yours. Because we can't visit over the back fence. Because we want a separate, safe space where we can get together to share experiences, politics, information and learn from one another. Because we like community. Because we want to have a way of speaking for ourselves."
        Provides options for women in areas untouched by larger DV outreach groups. A lot of self-help options, all in a very community based website. See also "A Kit for Rural Women." A similar, smaller, but also useful, site:
http://www.osw.dpmc.gov.au/rural/ruralwom.htm -EMB
     This site is very unclear in what it's trying to present. When you take a look at the home page of the site, it looks as though it's about female farmers, which really doesn't make the reader look into what it's about. It is misleading and too wordy.

S.A.F.E (Stop Abuse for Everyone)
PO Box 951
Tualatin, OR 97062
Phone:  1-503-407-4674
       "Created to address problems of family abuse and violence for all, regardless of gender, sexual identity, and age, with an emphasis on under
-served groups. Works through the development and dissemination of resource information, education and programs to foster community involvement, referrals, outreach and services, research in areas of domestic violence that have yet to be fully explored, education of the general public, and education and training of community leaders, health organizations, criminal justice agencies, and service providers."
        Truly a website for all victims. Has a lot of information for male victims. Mostly articles and some may have more details than you need. Also includes a basic "How To Get Help Guide" as well as online chat rooms and bulletin boards. -EMB
        I like this site because it offers information for men, as well, including gay and bisexual victims of abuse. A lot of the online brochures are offered in Spanish, which is very convenient, and the news link in the toolbar is updated frequently. -TAL

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If your going through an abusive experience, there's always someone you can talk to.

Safe Horizon
2 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor
NY, NY 10007
Fax: 1-212-577-3897
[email protected]or [email protected]
    "The nation’s leading nonprofit victim assistance, advocacy, and violence prevention organization with more than 80 programs throughout New York’s five boroughs and a staff of 900 dedicated professionals. Safe Horizon partners with others who help crime victims: the New York Police Department, the New York State Crime Victims Board, the Office of the Mayor, other social service agencies, hospitals, corporations, and more - to ease the burden on victims and enhance the aid that is available to them. Safe Horizon’s hotlines and programs in community offices, shelters, courts, police precincts, and schools help more than 350,000 New Yorkers every year."       
     Smart, informed and extremely helpful. Hotlines are posted on the home page.

S.E.S.A.M.E. (Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct, and Exploitation)
Works as a voice for the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment of students by teachers and other school staff.   This national organization directs its efforts to the following goals: increasing public awareness of Educator Sexual Abuse by breaking the silence in a strong and united voice, fostering recovery of victims and survivors through mutual support and information newsletters, encouraging victims and survivors of educator Sexual Misconduct to report their offenders to the State Education Department..."
        Great site for individuals who have been abused by an educator because it offers newsletters, forums, and survivor stories. -SAK

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Survivors of Incest Anonymous (SIA)
World Service Office
P.O. Box 21817
Baltimore, MD 21222
Phone:  1 (410) 282-3400
A 12-step, self-help recovery program modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues or fees. Confidentiality and anonymity are essential to our program. SIA is for men and women, 18 years and older, who were sexually abused as children. You will not be rejected because you think your abuse was "too horrible," and you will not discounted because you think your abuse wasn't "bad enough to count."
        The website offers information and support for survivors of incest. -EMB
        This site has an actual list of twelve steps to recovery, which have been adapted a few times, but seem to be missing something. The rest of the site seems a bit too wordy and plain. -TAL     

VOICES in Action
8041 Hosbrook, Suite 236
Cincinnati, Ohio 45236
Phone:  1-800-7-VOICE-8
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: www.voices-action.org
      "An international organization providing assistance to adult victims of child sexual abuse.  We help victims become survivors and create accurate public awareness of the prevalence of child sexual abuse, its impact, and ways in which it can be prevented or stopped through educational programs."
       Website contains many useful links and books for survivors of sexual abuse.  Also provides Special Interest Groups (SIG's) that put survivors in touch with others. -SAK

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White Ribbon Campaign
365 Bloor St. East, Suite 203
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M42 314
Phone: 1-416-920-6684
Toll Free: 1-800-318-2228
Fax: 1-416-920-1678
[email protected]
       "An educational organization to encourage reflection and discussion that leads to personal and collective action among men.
       Throughout the year, we encourage men:
- to do educational work in schools, workplaces and communities,
- to support local women's groups,
- to raise money for the international educational efforts of the WRC.
We distribute Education and Action kits to schools and we maintain a website. We speak out on issues of public policy."
         Well-kept site with a sense of humor. Women can share stories and offer consultation, but are discouraged from joining – it is a men-against-violence-to-women organization, after all. Be sure to read the selection of articles in the Education Materials section: they are wise, supportive, and moving. --SB

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