The Domestic Violence Resource Network (DVRN) informs and strengthens domestic violence intervention and prevention efforts at the individual, community, and societal levels. DVRN member organizations are funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to work collaboratively to promote practices and strategies to improve our nation’s response to domestic violence and make safety and justice a priority. DVRN members ensure that victims of domestic violence, advocates, community programs, educators, legal assistance providers, law enforcement and court personnel, health care providers, policy makers, and government leaders at the local, state, tribal and federal levels have access to up-to-date information on best practices, policies, research and victim resources.
The DVRN consists of two national resource centers, four special issue resource centers, three culturally-specific resource centers, three new capacity centers, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
National Resource Centers
The National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, Inc. (NIWRC) is a Native nonprofit organization created to serve as the National Indian Resource Center (NIRC) Addressing Domestic Violence and Safety for Indian Women. As the National Indian Resource Center, NIWRC offers interwoven specialized expertise across domestic violence, sexual violence and healthy relationships through various disciplines and culturally specific resources across and for the movement. NIWRC is a national technical assistance provider to Alaska Village programs and Tribal Coalitions across Indian Country. NIWRC offers free trainings, networking, NIWRC Toolkits, resources and culturally relevant responses to intimate partner and gender violence and promotes the leadership of Indigenous programs serving their communities. With additional circles of the anti-violence movement, NIWRC is dedicated to grassroots and policy advocacy, prevention, education, research activities, program development, raising public awareness, events sharing, offender accountability and traditional interventions of healthy relationships, justice on and off-tribal lands designed by and for Native Women based on their trial beliefs and practices.
For more than 20 years, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) has been a comprehensive source of information for those wanting to enhance domestic violence intervention and prevention strategies and approaches. Through its key initiatives and special projects, NRCDV works to improve community response to domestic violence and, ultimately, prevent its occurrence. In addition to providing comprehensive technical assistance and training NRCDV develops special collections, fact sheets, applied research papers and training resources, and supports several special projects designed to explore issues more deeply or develop more comprehensive assistance to a particular constituent group. These special projects include the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, VAWnet – the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (funded by CDC), Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence, and the DV Evidence Project and related research initiatives.
NRCDV also operates a FVPSA funded national capacity center on safe and supportive housing for survivors as member of the Domestic Violence & Housing TA Consortium. For more information, see www.safehousingpartnerships.org.
Special Issue Resource Centers
1-800-903-0111 / TTY callers use 711| www.bwjp.org
The Battered Women's Justice Project(BWJP) promotes change within the civil and criminal justice systems that enhances their effectiveness in providing safety, security and justice for battered women and their families. BWJP provides technical assistance to advocates, attorneys, judges and court personnel, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, probation officers, batterers’ intervention program staff, and policymakers; and to victims of domestic violence and their families and friends. Through trainings, consultations, and publications, we disseminate information on recent research findings and promote the implementation of promising practices and policies that emerge from the work of pioneering communities around the country. BWJP also manages a project on coordinating military and civilian responses to domestic violence committed by service members, and ensuring that veteran’s treatment courts adopt DV-informed responses when handling domestic violence cases. BWJP’s National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith and Credit handles technical assistance on all issues related to the issuance and enforcement of protection orders. To address issues related to the defense of domestic violence victims charged with crimes, BWJP partners with a separate organization, the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women.
1-800-903-0111, ext. 3| www.ncdbw.org
The National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, located in Philadelphia, PA, is a partner of the Battered Women¹s Justice Project and addresses the unique needs of victims of battering who, as a result of the abuse they have experienced at the hands of their intimate partner, end up charged with a crime. The National Clearinghouse works to increase public awareness about the many complex issues facing victims of battering who end up charged with crimes and strives to prevent the revictimization of battered defendants by providing specialized technical assistance, resources, and support to victims of battering charged with crimes and to members of their defense teams.
1-800-52PEACE (527-3423) | www.ncjfcj.org/our-work/domestic-violence
The Family Violence and Domestic Relations Program of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges operates the Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody (CPC Resource Center). The CPC Resource Center provides leadership and assistance to consumers and professionals dealing with child protection and custody issues in the context of domestic violence, such as collaboration, the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment, child custody when domestic violence is a factor, child support, evidence-based and promising practices, and adolescent relationship abuse. The Resource Center provides access to the best possible sources of information and tangible products that deliver safety, promote stability, and enhance the well-being of battered parents and their children.
For almost two decades, the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence (HRC) at Futures without Violence has supported health care professionals, domestic violence experts, survivors and policy makers at all levels as they improve health care’s response to domestic violence. The HRC offers personalized, expert technical assistance, online toolkits for health care providers and DV advocates to prepare a clinical practice to address domestic and sexual violence, a free E-bulletin and webinar series, and other resources. The HRC also holds the biennial National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence—a scientific meeting at which health, medical, and domestic violence experts and leaders explore the latest health research and programmatic responses to domestic violence.
The mission of the National Center on Domestic Violence Trauma & Mental Health is to develop and promote accessible, culturally relevant, and trauma-informed responses to domestic violence and other lifetime trauma so that survivors and their children can access the resources that are essential to their safety, resilience and well-being. We provide training and support to advocates, mental health and substance use providers, legal professionals, policymakers, and government officials as they work to improve the ways that their agencies and systems respond to survivors of domestic violence and their children. Specifically, our work includes (1) raising public awareness about the intersection of domestic violence, trauma, mental health and substance use; (2) providing training and technical assistance to build the capacities of agencies and systems to address the traumatic effects of abuse; (3) developing and promoting policies that improve agency and system responses to domestic violence and other lifetime trauma; and (4) analyzing and promoting research that advances knowledge and builds the evidence base for responding to trauma in the lives of domestic violence survivors and their children.
Culturally-Specific Resource Centers
1- 415-568-3315| www.api-gbv.org
The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence is a national resource center on domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, and other forms of gender violence in Asian and Pacific Islander communities. It serves a national network of advocates, community-based organizations, national and state programs, legal, health, and mental health professionals, researchers, policymakers and activists from social justice organizations working to eliminate violence against women. It analyzes critical issues; provides consultation, technical assistance and training; conducts research; and engages in policy advocacy. Its vision of gender democracy drives its mission to strengthen culturally-relevant advocacy, promote prevention and community engagement, influence public policy and systems change, and prevent gender violence through movement-building and community transformation.
The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities (NLN), a project of Casa de Esperanza, is the national institute addressing domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in Latin@ communities. Working both domestically and internationally, the NLN uses and promotes an intersectional framework to accomplish its objectives to increase access to resources for Latin@s experiencing violence; provide training and tools for professionals and community advocates; conduct culturally relevant research; and advocate for public policy based on the lived realities of Latin@s.
Ujima: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community (Ujima) is a national resource center that address domestic, sexual and community violence. It responds to and addresses, while developing an active approach to ending violence against women in the Black community. The name Ujima, Inc., was derived from the Kwanzaa Principle of “Ujima,” which means Collective Work and Responsibility. This principle is critical to addressing violence against Black women in the United States. Ujima, Inc. provides education and outreach, training and technical assistance, resource development, research, and public policy efforts. It works to mobilize the black community and allies to strengthen our families, recognizing the safety and viability of our families is connected to the health and well-being of our individual neighborhoods and communities at large. We define the black community as the African Diaspora in its broadest sense, e.g., African-Americans (descendants of slaves in the U.S.), African immigrants, Afro-Caribbeans, and Afro-Latinos/as.
Institutes and Capacity-Building Centers
A collaboration of the NW Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse and the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, the National LGBTQ Institute on Intimate Partner Violence creates a bridge between mainstream DV services and LGBTQ community programs andempowers local communities to create sustainable strategies that work at the local level. Holding LGBTQ survivors at the center, the Institute increases the domestic violence field's capacity to provide domestic violence advocacy and prevention for diverse LGBTQ communities. Because LGBTQ people live in every state and tribal nation, are part of every ethnic and cultural group, and face all the challenges of surviving domestic abuse, the Institute collaborates with members of the Domestic Violence Resource Network, state coalitions and regional organizations to ensure support is available to communities nationwide. Informed by a deep regard and respect for the shared history of anti-violence work in the DV and LGBTQ movements, we identify commonalities, strengths and opportunities for learning across fields.
The Promising Futures Capacity Building Center, (the Center), a project of Futures Without Violence, (FUTURES), provides support to the network of domestic violence state coalitions and local community-based programs on enhancing services for children, youth and abused parents impacted by domestic violence. The Center provides support to programs to build organizational structures and services that prioritize child well-being, opportunities for healing, building resilience, and breaking the intergenerational cycle of violence all within the context of the parent-child relationship. The Center is an expansion of FUTURES’ current Clearinghouse of information on the Promising Futures Website. The Center supports the Specialized Services for Abused Parents and their Children (SSAPC) grantees as well as the field through facilitating a learning community, technical assistance and training, developing new resources and tools for the field, growing the research within evidence-based, trauma-informed, culturally relevant practices for children and youth and their parents in domestic violence programs, and supporting best practices in evaluation and documenting lessons learned.
The National Network to End Domestic Violence is a network of state domestic violence coalitions and allies, representing over 2,000 member organizations nationwide. NNEDV works to end domestic violence by understanding the ongoing and emerging needs of domestic violence victims and advocacy programs. NNEDV provides state coalitions with critical information, training, technical assistance and resources. At national and regional meetings, members share information and ideas with NNEDV staff and with each other, working together to develop comprehensive solutions to domestic violence. NNEDV’s Capacity Technical Assistance project provides comprehensive, specialized technical assistance and training to advocacy organizations, including tribal programs, and FVPSA state administrators. In addition, NNEDV has developed a wide range of resources on building organizational capacity. Technical assistance and resources span issues such as best practices, standards, certification, quality assurance, trauma-informed approaches, diversity and inclusion, and role clarity. Additionally, we help build strong organizations by coaching them through leadership transitions, implementation of evidence-based practice models, infrastructure development to effectively manage financial and reporting requirements, and ongoing improvement in the inclusion of historically marginalized communities.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is the vital link to safety and support for anyone affected by domestic and dating violence. Highly trained advocates can provide information, crisis intervention, advocacy, help develop a safety plan, discuss options, and directly connect callers with help sources in communities across the U.S. The Hotline is also an excellent resource for concerned friends, family members, coworkers and others seeking information and guidance on how to help someone they know. The Hotline provides support in more than 170 languages and is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-799-7233. Services are also offered via online chat at www.thehotline.org Monday through Friday, 9am-7pm CT.
1-866-331-9474| www.loveisrespect.org | Text loveis to 22522*
The Hotline also operates loveisrespect at www.loveisrespect.org. Its purpose is to engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships. Highly trained advocates offer support, information and advocacy to young people who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships and who want to learn more about healthy relationships. We also provide information and support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, service providers and members of law enforcement. Free and confidential phone, live chat and texting services are available 24/7/365.
1.844.7NATIVE (1.844.762.8483) | www.strongheartshelpline.org
The StrongHearts Native Helpline is a culturally-appropriate, confidential service for Native Americans affected by domestic violence and dating violence. The helpline is a project of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program. Every caller has a story. At the StrongHearts Native Helpline, advocates are trained to take a Native-centered, empowerment-based and trauma-informed approach to every call. We take calls from Native American victims of domestic violence or dating violence, people who identify as abusive, concerned family members or friends, or from anyone seeking help for someone else. By sharing our stories of domestic violence and dating violence, we believe we can begin a path toward healing together. StrongHearts advocates treat every caller with dignity and respect. By dialing 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483) Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST, callers can speak with an advocate with a strong understanding of American Indian and Alaska Native cultures as well as issues of tribal sovereignty and law that can provide immediate support; crisis intervention; personalized, practical safety planning; referrals to culturally-appropriate services; and education and information.