Resource List


Local and State Resources

Asians Against Domestic Abuse

AADA's mission is to prevent violence against women and to strengthen and promote equal and healthy family relations within the Houston Asian community through public awareness, support systems, community empowerment, and collaborations with organizations sharing similar goals.

 

Daya, Inc.

DAYA aims to promote healthy and harmonious family relationships in the South-Asian community by increasing awareness and providing peer support, information, and referrals to women and children who are in crisis yet attempting to effect positive changes in their lives.

 

Crime Stoppers of Houston

A joint project of the Houston Police Department, Crime Stoppers of Houston, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Parole Division.

 

Houston Police Department - Family Violence Unit    Sex Crimes Unit

The Houston Police Department and the Houston Area Women's Center are working together to educate the community in order to prevent domestic violence, sexual assault and dating violence. Through education, we work to provide resources for survivors and to increase the reporting of sexual and domestic violence to law enforcement.

 

Houston Sexual Assault Kit Research

The background, issues and resources surrounding Houston's rape kit backlog are the focus of this multidisciplinary project sponsored by the National Institute of Justice.

 

Texas Association Against Sexual Assault

TAASA is a statewide organization committed to ending sexual violence in Texas through education, prevention, and advocacy.

 

Texas Council on Family Violence

Since 1978, TCFV works to end violence against women through partnerships, advocacy and direct services for women, children and men.

 

Texas Sex Offender Database

Texas Department of Public Service - Crime Records Service is a resource to search for sex offenders in your area.

 

United WayNational Site   Local Site

UNITED WAY: Helping build community capacity for a better quality of life worldwide through voluntary giving and action.

 

National/International Resources

American Women Overseas

AWOS provides hope and resources to American women and children living overseas who are victims of domestic violence.

 

Arte-Sana: Healing through the Arts
Arte Sana currently promotes healing and empowerment through the arts, professional training, and community education. Our direct experience has confirmed that Latinas/os are less likely to report sexual assault due to the obstacles in obtaining victim services such as language barriers, cultural factors, and a fear of deportation. Given this sad reality, we at Arte Sana believe that violence risk reduction program and service effectiveness depends on cultural and linguistic competency as well as ongoing collaborations sin fronteras (without borders).

 

Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence
The Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence is a national network of advocates; community members; professionals from health, mental health, law, education, and social services; survivors; scholars; researchers; and activists from public policy, community organizations, youth programs, immigrants’ rights networks, communities of color, women’s groups, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender communities, and other social justice organizations. We serve as a forum for, and clearinghouse on information, research, resources and critical issues about violence against women in Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

Center for Disease Control
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) develops and applies disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of people of the U.S.

 

Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence

A national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing and eliminating the costs and consequences of partner violence at work. Credible source for information and materials on policies, programs, legal issues and legislation.

 

Family Violence Prevention Fund

End Abuse 1-800-END-ABUSE

The Family Violence Prevention Fund (FUND) is a national nonprofit organization focusing on domestic violence education, prevention and public policy reform.

 

National Center for Victims of Crime

Working towards a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. Serves individuals, families, and communities harmed by crime by providing direct services and resources, training, and advocacy. 

 

Feminist Majority
The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), which was founded in 1987, is a cutting edge organization dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. In all spheres, FMF utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically. Our organization believes that feminists - both women and men, girls and boys - are the majority, but this majority must be empowered. 

 

Global Fund for Women

International women's rights organization that supports issues as diverse as literacy, domestic violence and economic autonomy, among others.

 

Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community
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

 

Lavender Sisterhood - Surviving Child Abuse: online support and e-mag

Lavender Power is about the synergy between phenomenal women working together to end the abuse of violence & sex & heal. Our goal is to increase our awareness of all the positive role models and consequently change our internal perceptions. We want to show how easy recovery really is when you actively pursue your self-education and express your experiences through your arts and talents.

 

National Center for Victims of Crime

Online resource for crime victims and service providers. Email support and comprehensive referral service database. Also includes victim services practice and legislative information, the national Stalking Resource Center and the Teen Victim Initiative. 

 

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

 

National Council of Jewish Women

Offers strategies to prevent domestic violence.

 

National Criminal Justice Reference Service 
The NCJRS is a federally sponsored information clearinghouse related to criminal and juvenile justice and drug control. It provides crime, victim assistance, substance abuse, and public safety information to support research, policy and program development. Response by email to inquiries and direct to resources, including online library, abstracts database, and funding opportunities. By phone - 877-722-9270 and web.

 

National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-SAFE

Hotline connects individuals to assistance in their area through a nationwide database that includes detailed information on domestic violence shelters, emergency shelters, legal advocacy and assistance programs, and social services programs.

 

National Institute of Justice 

The NIJ is the research and development agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and is the only federal agency solely dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues. NIJ provides objective independent, non-partisan, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state and local levels.

 

The National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence (Alianza)
The National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence (Alianza) is part of a national effort to address the domestic violence needs and concerns of under-served populations. It represents a growing network of Latina and Latino advocates, practitioners, researchers, community activists, and survivors of domestic violence. Alianza’s mission is to: promote understanding, initiate and 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. 

 

National Organization for Women

Discusses and advocates on key issues, gives information on local NOW chapters and how to join, and offers news releases and the National NOW Times.

 

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) was founded in 1993 as a key component in a national network of domestic violence resources. The NRCDV provides support to all organizations and individuals working to end violence in the lives of victims and their children through technical assistance, training and information on response to and prevention of domestic violence.

 

National Violence against Women Prevention Research Center 

The NVAWPRC seeks to advance knowledge about prevention research and fostering collaboration among advocates, practitioners, policy makers, and researchers.  The NVAWPRC is made up of faculty and students at three academic institutions.

 

Rape and Incest Network

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.  You will find statistics, counseling resources, prevention tips, news and more.

 

U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. 

 

United Nations Development Fund for Women
UNIFEM is the women's fund at the United Nations. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programs and strategies that promote women's human rights, political participation and economic security. Within the UN system, UNIFEM promotes gender equality and links women's issues and concerns to national, regional and global agendas by fostering collaboration and providing technical expertise on gender mainstreaming and women's empowerment strategies.

 

V-Day

V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual slavery.

 

VAW net  Library

National Electronic Network 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.

 

VictimLaw

A unique and groundbreaking resource offering comprehensive online database of 16,000 victims' rights-related legal provisions, including federal and state victims' rights statutes, tribal laws, constitutional amendments, court rules, administrative code provisions, attorney general opinions, and case summaries of related court decisions. http://www.victimlaw.info 

YWCA

The largest and oldest women's organization in the U.S., its mission is to empower women and girls and to work towards eliminating racism.

 

Legal Resources

American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence

Since 1994, the Commission on Domestic Violence provides expert training and educational materials to attorneys representing victims of domestic violence.

 

FBI Uniform Crime Reports 
The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program was conceived in 1929 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to meet a need for reliable, uniform crime statistics for the nation. In 1930, the FBI was tasked with collecting, publishing, and archiving those statistics. Today, several annual statistical publications, such as the comprehensive Crime in the United States, are produced from data provided by nearly 17,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States. 
Other annual publications, such as Hate Crime Statistics and Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted address specialized facets of crime such as hate crime or the murder and assaults of law enforcement officers respectively.

 

Social Security Administration Web Site for Women

 

Society for Human Resource Management

Employer laws on workplace issues.

 

Stalkinghelp.org

An information resource center to provide stalking victims, mental health professionals, and law enforcement personnel with scientifically validated, continuously updated information to help prevent stalking and its negative consequences.

 

TexasLawHelp

TexasLawHelp is an online resource for free and low-cost civil legal assistance in Texas. TexasLawHelp offers answers common legal questions, access to free and low-cost legal assistance in your area, and referrals to local organizations for help with non-legal problems.

Violence Against Women Office

U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Program developed in the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime.

 

Children and Teens

Children At Risk

Improves the quality of life for Greater Houston's children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration and advocacy.

 

Choose Respect

An initiative by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Choose Respect is designed to help adolescents form healthy relationships to prevent dating abuse before it starts. This national effort is designed to motivate youth to challenge harmful beliefs about dating abuse and take steps to form respectful relationships. Very interactive web site with cool tools for learning more about respect. The Houston Area Women's Center is part of the national initiative.

 

Girls Incorporated

A national youth organization dedicated to helping every girl become strong, smart and bold.

 

Love is Not Abuse

A program run by the Liz Claiborne, Inc. company, this site offers information and tools for men, women, children, teens and corporate executives can use to learn more about the issues and find out how they can help to end this epidemic. Visit the "Just for Teens" section for information, surveys, and statistics on teen dating abuse.

 

National Center for Children in Poverty
Use the Family Resource Simulator to determine clients’ benefits.

 

National Center for Victims of Crime Teen Victim Project

Resources on helping teen victims and youth in action organizations.

 

Parents for Megan's Law

Up to date sex offender registration and notification laws and links to nationwide sex offender registries.

 

Teen Relationships Web site

A Web site for Teens by Teens where adolescents can turn for information about healthy and unhealthy relationships, advice, assistance, and strategies for getting involved.

 

Resources for Parents of Teens 

Choose Respect

A national initiative by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Choose Respect is designed to help adolescents form healthy relationships to prevent dating abuse before it starts. It also includes helpful information for parents of teens. The Houston Area Women's Center is part of the national initiative.

 

Is Your Teen Dating?

From the site: "One of the most important things for parents to remember is to communicate with their teen. Many teens will not admit it, but a parent's input plays a significant role in their lives. Though many parents dread this time in their child's life, there are plenty of helpful resources to answer their questions and concerns. Furthermore, a parent who is new to dealing with this situation can benefit from the experiences of parents who have successfully navigated those challenging teen dating years!"

 

Teens and Dating information from the University of Minnesota

Tips and resources compiled by the University of Minnesota to help parents talk with their teens about dating, healthy relationships and safety.

 

Men Against Violence

Family Violence Prevention Fund Toolkit for Working with Men and Boys

Comprehensive tool kit designed to help you work with men and boys to prevent gender-based violence. Provides readings, case studies, handouts, exercises, resources, and community-building tools.

 

Jackson Katz

Co-founder of the MVP Program (Mentors in Violence Prevention), creator of Tough Guise, and author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, Jackson Katz is one of the leading authorities and activists in the men against violence movement.

 

Men Can Stop Rape

Mobilizes male youth to prevent men's violence against women. Build young men's capacity to challenge harmful aspects of traditional masculinity, to value alternative visions of male strength, and to embrace their vital role as allies with women and girls in fostering healthy relationships and gender equality.

 

White Ribbon Campaign

Men working to end men's violence against women.

 

XY

XY is focused on men, masculinities, and gender politics. This site is a space for exploration of gender and sexuality, the daily issues of men's and women's lives, and practical discussion of personal and social change.

 

Elder Abuse 

National Center on Elder Abuse

The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), a program of the U.S. Administration on Aging, serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment.

 

National Adult Protective Services Association

A national nonprofit with members in all 50 states, NAPSA formed in 1989 to provide state Adult Protective Services (APS) program administrators and staff with a forum for sharing information, solving problems, and improving the quality of services for victims of elder and vulnerable adult abuse. 

 

National Clearinghouse on Abuse Later in Life

NCALL is a nationally recognized leader on program development, policy and technical assistance and training that addresses the nexus between domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse/neglect. They provide training and technical assistance regarding abuse in later life.