Coming Out of the Shadows – 6 Resources to Help Those Affected by Domestic Violence
October 22, 2020
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. GTL stands against domestic violence, which affects individuals in every community regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality.
Domestic violence also affects incarcerated individuals. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the vast majority of women in prison have been victims of violence prior to their incarceration, including domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, and child abuse. Specifically, 79% of women in federal and state prisons reported physical abuse, and as many as 94% of some women’s prison populations have a history of physical or sexual abuse before being incarcerated.
And women aren’t the only ones affected by domestic violence: for every three victims of domestic abuse, two will be female, one will be male. There are organizations that can help, both incarcerated individuals and returning citizens. Here are some resources that are available for support:
1. National Domestic Violence Hotline
Callers can expect highly-trained, expert advocates to offer free, confidential, and compassionate support, crisis intervention information, education, and referral services in over 200 languages.
2. Domestic Violence Victim Support Group
Welcomes both male and female survivors and to support each other by sharing their experiences.
3. LAMBDA GLBT Community Services
Offers services for survivors of same-sex domestic violence. They have trained volunteers to provide support and will help you figure out your options and give you the resources and referrals you need. All of their services are free and completely confidential.
4. Love Is Respect
National resource to disrupt and prevent unhealthy relationships and intimate partner violence by empowering young people through inclusive and equitable education, support, and resources.
Search tool that allows anyone in the U.S./Canada to find nearby domestic violence shelters and services such as emergency services, legal and financial services, counseling services, children’s services, educational services, and more.
6. National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
A resource and advocacy center for victims of battering charged with crimes related to their battering. Through its work, the organization aims to increase justice for — and prevent further victimization of — arrested, convicted, or incarcerated victims of battering.
As a reminder, in the face of any difficult situation, positive connections can also provide healing.
Reach out to your loved one today!
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