Address Confidentiality Programs
This webpage from the National Center for Victims of Crime
(NCVC) provides information on state Address Confidentiality Programs. Address Confidentiality Programs were created to protect victims of stalking, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes from offenders who use public records, such as voter or drivers’ license registries, to locate them. These programs give victims a legal substitute address (usually a post office box) to use in place of their physical address. Mail sent to the substitute address is forwarded to the victim’s actual address. It is important to remember that these programs can only work if the perpetrator does not know where the victim lives, and when used in conjunction with other safety strategies.
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Child Protection in Families Experiencing Domestic Violence
This manual from the Children’s Bureau
provides background information on the complex topic of domestic violence and addresses the following practice issues: the overlap between child maltreatment and domestic violence; the basics of domestic violence; modifying child protection practice with families experiencing domestic violence; enhancing caseworker safety and support in child protection cases involving domestic violence; and building collaborative responses for families experiencing domestic violence. Appendices include a glossary of terms; child, victim, and alleged perpetrator domestic violence assessments; safety plans; and information about developing a memorandum of understanding.
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Closing the Gap: Integrating Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence Experiencing Homelessness: A Toolkit for Transitional Housing Programs
Domestic Violence and Schools
This webpage from MassLegalHelp
provides a variety of materials for schools and parents to use to protect the education and school safety of children who have been exposed to domestic violence. The materials explain how the laws protecting children work while the checklists offer practical ways that schools and parents can help children who have lived with domestic violence get the most out of their education.
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Domestic Violence Counts: National Census of Domestic Violence Services
Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence among Poor Children Experiencing Homelessness or Residential Instability
This research brief from the Institute for Children and Poverty
(ICP) explores the issue of intimate partner violence among homeless mothers in shelters. Children’s exposure to intimate partner violence impacts their social-emotional functioning, relationships with parents and peers, and academic achievement. Analysis of a national study reveals that children’s fathers victimized greater percentages of poor mothers experiencing homelessness or residential instability than residentially stable mothers, and poor children experiencing homelessness or residential instability witnessed a physical fight between their parents at higher rates than residentially stable poor children.
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Futures Without Violence
Futures Without Violence, formerly the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF), is one of the nation’s premiere organizations working to prevent domestic violence and prevent more women and children from having their lives devastated by abuse. Futures Without Violence was a driving force behind the Violence Against Women Act, and continues to fight for laws to support victims and prevent family violence.
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Housing and Sexual Violence Fact Sheet
This fact sheet from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center
provides a variety of informational resources about the connection between housing and sexual violence. The webpage includes resources for victim service professionals and other service providers, and information about federal laws related to sexual violence and access to affordable housing.
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National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
The National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence designs, provides, and customizes training and consultation; influences policy; promotes collaboration; and enhances diversity with the goal of ending domestic and sexual violence.
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National Domestic Violence Helpline
The National Domestic Violence Helpline (NDVH) provides victims of domestic violence access to help and support via a toll-free helpline, available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. With a database of more than 4,000 shelters and service providers across the United States, Puerto Rico, Alaska, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Hotline provides callers with information they might otherwise have found difficult or impossible to obtain. Assistance is available in English and other languages at 800-799-7233. Assistance for the deaf is available by calling the TTY line at 800-787-3224.
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Runaway and Homeless Youth and Relationship Violence Toolkit: Guidance and Materials for Practitioners