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Domestic & Sexual Violence Awareness Sites



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Massachusetts Resources


Massachusetts Laws On Domestic Violence
Information from the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries.

Massachusetts Legal Help
Many very valuable links to services, information, laws and assistance related to helping people who are victims of domestic violence. is one of three statewide websites that make up the Massachusetts Legal Websites Project. The project is a collaborative effort of the civil legal aid community of Massachusetts. We are funded by Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation

MassResources - Directory of Shelters for Survivors of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence shelters are safe places where survivors of domestic violence can live for several months while they get help. There are different types of domestic violence shelters. Some are funded by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), and some are run by non-profit organizations. Some are "safe homes" provided by members of the community.Domestic violence shelters are for women and children in immediate danger. All have 24-hour hotlines, and all services are confidential.

Massachusetts Domestic Violence Resources: A.A.R.D.V.A.R.K.
his website is written, managed and maintained by, Inc. - a non-profit organization dedicated to combating family and relationship violence, sexual violence and child abuse. We are a 100% volunteer organization with an annual budget under $3,000. most of that budget goes towards hosting fees, internet access fees, and training to keep us up to date with the constant legal changes and challenges in the various areas we work to address.

Elizabeth Freeman Center
Information page on this local Berkshire County center from the Everywoman's website at the University of Massachusetts: Everywoman's Center

Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women: Resources and Hotlines
Sexual assault and domestic violence resources throughout Massachusetts are listed here by region. When available, web sites as well as phone numbers and addresses are provided.

Massachusetts Domestic Violence Crisis Support Resources
Phone numbers and addresses for Massachusetts domestic violence advocates and support contacts are given here.

Massachusetts General Laws
The complete listing and text.

University of Massachusetts: Everywoman's Center
Information on the Elizabeth Freeman Center.

National Resources

Clothesline Project
"The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women." Now a national program, this site provides information on starting a local clothesline project.

Love is Not Abuse
A site created by the National Domestic Violence Hotline and Liz Claiborne addresses domestic, dating, and workplace violence. Resource for women, children, teens, men and employers. Statistical data, teen resources, workplace resources, and other materials are provided here.

National Alliance to End Sexual Violence
to end sexual violence, the NAESV utilizes a comprehensive grassroots communication network to shape national policy related to sexual violence and victims' needs, ensure funding for rape crisis programs and sexual assault coalitions, and provide expertise to governments, businesses and non-profit organizations addressing sexual violence in all of its forms. This site provides recent news on legislation initiatives, and links to other organizations.

National Coalition Against Domestic Abuse
Information on programs, public policy, resources, news and events.

National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women
The online resource for advocates working to end domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violence in the lives of women and their children.

NOW and Violence against Women Site
This National Organization for Women site provides articles and information on sexual violence and harassment, alerts and links.

New York Model for Batterer Programs
This organization seeks to create an anti-racist model on the local and national level for batterer programs that wholly supports the social change efforts of the battered women's movement.

Safe Youth Movment
This site offers materials and resources for professionals, parents and teens.

United States Department of Justice: Office on Violence Against Women
Information on help for victims of sexual assault, stalking, teen dating violence and domestic violence. Additional information on Federal legislation, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and VAWA grants, grant statues, related laws and legislation, immigration, and the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women.

Violence Against Women Act of 1998
Background information and text of the bill.

Violence Against Women Online Resource Directory
Excellent resource of links created by the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse, this site is maintained by the University of Minnesota Library. It provides links to valuable documents and sites pertaining to advocacy, child custody and protection and the criminal justice system.

White Ribbon: Men Working to End Men's Violence Against Women
"The White Ribbon symbolizes a man's pledge to never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women. The White Ribbon Campaign is the world's largest effort by men to end men's violence against women." Started by a handful of men in Canada in 1991 on the second anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, there are now White Ribbon Campaigns in over 50 countries around the world. What began as an annual awareness week is now a year-round effort focusing on education and awareness, and challenging men around their role in ending violence against women. Women's Law
Legal information website, including referrals and detailed protective/restraining order information, state by state.