Violence Against Women
Model Programs & Best Practices
Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF)
Description: The FVPF works to end violence against women
and children around the world. They were instrumental in developing the
landmark Violence Against Women Act passed by Congress in 1994. The FVPF has
expanded to new audiences, including men and youth, and continues to promote
leadership within communities to ensure that violence prevention efforts become
self-sustaining, and transform the way health care providers, police, judges,
employers and others address violence.
Information Available: Model programs on health care and domestic violence,
topic-specific programs (i.e. children, health, immigrant women, international,
judicial, public education, public policy and workplace), health toolbox,
technical assistance, fact sheets, personal stories and news alerts.
Violence Against Women (VAW) Online Resources
Description: VAW Online Resources, a cooperative project of
the Office on Violence Against Women and the Minnesota Center Against Violence
& Abuse, obtains advice from a National Advisory Board comprised of
professionals from a spectrum of criminal justice and related professions.
Information Available: Model programs, a document library by topic, trainings
and events, funding opportunities and links to contributing organizations.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
Description: The NCADV has dedicated itself to the
empowerment of battered women and their children and therefore maintains a
commitment to the elimination of personal and societal violence in the lives of
battered women and their children.
Information Available: Background knowledge on domestic violence, community
profile and strategy, guidelines for starting a shelter, public policy work and
legislative efforts, Voices against Violence project, Remember My Name program,
resources and links.
Family Violence and Sexual Assault Institute (FVSAI)
Description: The FVSAI exists as an International resource
center and maintains a clearinghouse of categorized references and unpublished
papers concerning all aspects of family violence and sexual assault. In
addition, the FVSAI, in cooperation with crisis centers, agencies,
universities, organizations and clinics, is involved in developing treatment
and prevention programs for spouse/partner and child maltreatment.
Information Available: FVSA Bulletin, conferences, trainings and workshops,
press releases, training institutes, journals, resources and referrals, policy
and legislation, program development evaluations and consultation, a speakers
bureau and links.
Description: CAVNET started as a diverse network of
professionals and advocates working in the areas of domestic violence,
stalking, sexual assault, and rape. CAVNET rapidly grew into an information
sharing network that included many new areas, including violence between gay
and lesbian partners, violence against persons with disabilities, and school
violence among others.
Information Available: Issue directory, events and conferences, searchable
CAVNET Knowledge Base, CAVENET reading and video list, resources, newsletter
and ability to apply to CAVNET network and listserv.
Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community
Description: The Institute's mission is to provide an
interdisciplinary vehicle and forum by which scholars, practitioners and
observers of family violence in the African American community will have the
continual opportunity to articulate their perspectives on family violence
through research findings, the examination of service delivery and intervention
mechanisms, and the identification of appropriate and effective responses to
prevent/reduce family violence in the African American community.
Information Available: Bibliography of resources by topic, hotline numbers,
links, newsletters and forums.
National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic
Description: Allianza (website in both English and Spanish)
works to promote understanding, sustain dialogue and generate solutions that
move toward the elimination of domestic violence affecting Latino communities,
with an understanding of the sacredness of all relations and communities. This
organization puts its efforts into the areas of research, training and
technical assistance, public policy and community education and development.
Information Available: Alianza reports, handouts, brochures, annotated
bibliography, programs and projects, news and events, fact sheets concerning
the Latino community and domestic violence, Voices of Survivors, cookbook and
National Organization for Women (NOW) and Violence Against
Description: NOW emphasizes the many interrelated aspects to
violence against women -- domestic violence; sexual assault; sexual harassment;
hate crimes across lines of gender, sexuality and race; the gender bias in the
judicial system that further victimizes survivors of violence; and the violence
of poverty emphasized by the radical right's attacks on poor women and children
-- all of which result from society's attitudes toward women and efforts to
"keep women in their place."
Information Available: violence against women in the United
States statistics, news, and publications.
The National Women’s Health Information Center
Description: This specialty page will provide you with
information on all types of violence against women, including specific
resources and information on how to get help.
Information Available: news, hotlines, information on
domestic violence and ways to end and prevent violence, safety planning list.
National Institute of Justice
Description: The mission of the Violence Against Women and
Family Violence Research and Evaluation program is to promote the safety of
women and family members, and to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of
the criminal justice system's response to these crimes.
Information Available: Provides statistics on intimate
partner violence and violence against women.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC),
Division of Violence Prevention
Description: The CDC began studying home and recreational
injuries in the early 1970s and violence prevention in 1983. From these early
activities grew a national program to reduce injury, disability, death and
costs associated with injuries outside the workplace. The CDC established the
NCIPC in 1992 as the lead federal agency for injury prevention. The NCIPC works
closely with other federal agencies; national, state, and local organizations;
state and local health departments and research institutions.
Information Available: A-Z injury topics, Surveillance data, research, program
evaluation, communication efforts, training, funded projects and funding
opportunities, fact sheets, publications, latest news and resources. A section
on Intimate Partner Violence Prevention (www.cdc.gov/ncipc/dvp/IPV/default.htm)
provides fact sheets, reports, data sources, and definitions.
Description: MEDLINEplus, sponsored by the National Library
of Medicine, includes a vast amount of health information on over 600 diseases
and conditions. The site offers authoritative, up to date and appropriate
health information for both health professionals and consumers.
Information Available: General overviews, diagnosis and symptoms, prevention
and screening, associated conditions and aspects, directories, law and policy,
statistics, specific populations and links to related MEDLINEplus topics.
United States Department of Justice (DOJ),
Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
Description: Since its inception in 1995, the OVW has
handled the DOJ's legal and policy issues regarding violence against women,
coordinated Departmental efforts, provided national and international
leadership, received international visitors interested in learning about the
federal government's role in addressing violence against women and responded to
requests for information regarding violence against women.
Information Available: fact sheets, events, Federal laws and regulations, DOJ
research and statistical publications, online resources, basics concerning
sexual assault, funding opportunities and state administering agencies.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Sexual Assault Hotline
Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS)
Violence Against Women Prevention Plan
Description: DHSS has led a planning effort to address
violence against women in Missouri. Violence against women affects women across
all economic, educational, cultural, racial and religious lines. As the leading
cause of injury for American women between the ages of 15 and 54 years,
violence is an ominous public health problem in this country.
Information Available: A state level plan that seeks to
focus on preventing violence from happening in order to reduce the future need
for services. This plan proposes to engage men in the area of violence
prevention, an area where they are traditionally not involved as resources but
heavily involved as part of the problem. Men will work in allegiance with women
and girls to end violence against women.
Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV)
Description: Since 1980, the Missouri Coalition Against
Domestic and Sexual Violence has worked to make sure that women and children
who are suffering are able to access the quality services they need to become
survivors. The Coalition serves as a voice for Missouri domestic and sexual
violence programs at the state and national levels to advocate for women and
their children, and to improve funding sources, public policy, systems and
responses to domestic and sexual violence.
Information Available: Information on domestic violence, sexual violence and
stalking; Missouri-specific domestic and sexual violence services statistics;
information on laws and public policy relating to violence against women;
referrals to local domestic and sexual violence service providers.
Missouri Office of the Attorney General
Description: The Missouri Attorney General's Office, the
state's chief legal office, is committed to protecting the safety and welfare
of all Missourians. The Office aggressively prosecutes those who break
criminal, environmental and consumer protection laws and defends the state
against legal actions.
Information Available: A Consumer Guide: Protecting Victims of Domestic
Violence (How Missourians can obtain protective court orders, who to call for
safe shelters and support services, where shelters are located in Missouri and
a phone list of victim advocates by county).
Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region
Making Women’s Healthcare a Priority
Description: Nationwide more than 850 Planned Parenthood
health centers provide a wide range of reproductive health care to millions of
women every year. The vast majority,
more than 90 percent of this health care is preventive-and includes
contraception, cancer screenings, testing for sexually transmitted infections,
and immunizations. Such reproductive
health care is basic health care, and must be covered by any national insurance
plan if we are to meet women’s health care needs.
Information Available: Provides reproductive health
services, reports and statistics.
Women’s Support and Community Services
Description: Women's Support and Community Services is the
oldest and largest locally-founded organization in St. Louis dedicated to
helping domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.
Information Available: Provides counseling, dating violence
education and awareness, and a crisis hotline
Reports and Publications
Missouri State Prevention Plan
Meeting the Needs: The Adequacy of Missouri’s Domestic
National Institute of Justice
Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences
of Violence Against Women
National Institute of Justice
Violence and Victimization Research Division’s Compendium of
Research on Violence Against Women
National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
Violence Policy Center
When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2006 Homicide Data
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