“Operating around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse.
Callers to The Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) can expect highly trained, experienced advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information, and referral services in over 170 languages. Visitors to this site can find information about domestic violence, safety planning, local resources and ways to support the organization.”
“Active Minds is the leading nonprofit organization that empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking. We are changing the culture on campuses and in the community by providing information, leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation.
By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses nationwide, the nonprofit organization works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community.
Through campus-wide events and national programs, Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on campuses nationwide.”
“RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth magazine.
RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.”
It’s On Us
“It’s On Us was founded in September 2014 as an initiative of the Obama-Biden White House. The program launched, following recommendations from the White House Task Force to Prevent Sexual Assault that noted the importance of calling everyone into the conversation on sexual assault prevention. To date, 440,000 people have taken the It’s On Us Pledge, and more than 550+ college campuses have held over 5,500 educational events under the banner of It’s On Us. With the support of our friends at the Creative Alliance, It’s On Us’s creative content has gained billions of media impressions.”
“Founded in 2013, Know Your IX is a survivor- and youth-led project of Advocates for Youth that aims to empower students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools. We envision a world in which all students can pursue their civil right to educations free from violence and harassment. We recognize that gender violence is both a cause of inequity and a consequence of it, and we believe that women, transgender, and gender non-conforming students will not have equality in education or opportunity until the violence ends. We draw upon the civil rights law Title IX as an alternative to the criminal legal system — one that is more just and responsive to the educational, emotional, financial, and stigmatic harms of violence.
We accomplish our mission through:
- Educating college and high school students in the United States about their legal rights to safe educations free from gender-based harms;
- Training, organizing, and supporting student survivor activists in challenging their educational institutions to address violence and discrimination;
- Advocating for policy change at the campus, state, and federal levels to ensure meaningful systemic action to end gender violence.”
“Team One Love is a place where people give their time, energy and resources to the movement to end relationship abuse. You can join this nationwide community of over 13,000 who are committed to changing the statistics around relationship abuse.
Love is the most important thing in our lives, yet we are taught very little about it. One Love is on a mission to change that. We educate young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships, empowering them to identify and avoid abuse and learn how to love better. We engage young people with powerful films and honest conversation. Through our workshops and peer-to-peer discussions, One Love offers a framework that helps students spread our message online and in their communities.
One Love was founded in honor of Yeardley Love: A young woman who tragically lost her life at 22. Her death was completely preventable. Our mission is to make sure that it doesn’t happen to others.”
He for She
“The world is at a turning point. People everywhere understand and support the idea of gender equality. They know it’s not just a women’s issue, it’s a human rights issue. And when these powerful voices are heard, they will change the world. The time for that change is now.
HeForShe is inviting people around the world to stand together to create a bold, visible force for gender equality. And it starts by taking action right now to create a gender-equal world”
“Our Mission: End Rape on Campus (EROC) works to end campus sexual violence through direct support for survivors and their communities; prevention through education; and policy reform at the campus, local, state, and federal levels.
Our Vision: We envision a world in which each individual has an educational experience free from violence, and until then, that all survivors are believed, trusted, and supported.”
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
“Founded in 1973, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) is the only comprehensive rape crisis center in the Greater Boston area and the oldest and largest center of its kind in New England. Our mission is to end sexual violence through healing and social change. BARCC provides free, confidential support and services to survivors of sexual violence ages 12 and up and their families and friends. We work with survivors of all genders, and our goal is to empower survivors to heal and seek justice in ways that are meaningful to them. We meet the needs of survivors in crisis and long after, and we also assist them as they navigate the health-care, criminal legal, social service, and school systems.
Mission: Our mission is to end sexual violence through healing and social change.
Vision: Sexual violence thrives when people exploit power over others. Our vision is a society free of all forms of oppression, and therefore sexual violence does not exist. In this world, people only engage in sexual activity with their full will, happiness, and consent. Everyone is free to go about their daily lives knowing that their bodies, identities, minds, and spirits will always be valued and respected.”
Crime Victims Treatment Center (NYC)
“Mission: CVTC is a not-for-profit organization committed to helping people heal from violent crime. We respect that healing comes in many forms and we recognize the importance of a holistic approach. CVTC provides a wide range of therapeutic services free of charge to anyone impacted by violence. We are dedicated to advocacy on behalf of survivors, collaboration with partners across a multitude of disciplines, and training for those who work with survivors. We are committed to changing cultural norms around violence and promoting social justice through progressive legislation and community mobilization.
Story: In the middle of a bright summer day in 1977 a violent rape occurred on the campus of Columbia University in Morningside Heights. Witnesses called an ambulance, which took the girl to the Emergency Department of St. Luke’s Hospital. When she got there, the medical staff was at a loss; her physical injuries were manageable, but psychologically she was devastated. The doctors transferred her to the Psychiatric Emergency Department, not knowing what else to do. Soon after her medical treatment was completed, she was discharged. The girl was never heard from again. The community was outraged. Within a day, an Emergency Department social worker, an ED administrator, a doctor, and several members of the Upper West Side community sat down to address the neighborhood crisis. A steering committee was formed, protocols were developed, and a promise was made that never again would a survivor of sexual assault be treated that way at St. Luke’s Hospital. The Crime Victims Treatment Center was born.”
Respect: Intimate Partner Abuse Education (IPAE) (Massachusetts)
RESPECT is New Hope’s state-certified 40-week psycho-educational program for those who have perpetrated violence in their intimate partnership. This program addresses the core belief systems of these individuals, as well as the abuse they have used in their intimate partnerships.
Participants attend 40 or more weekly group sessions, designed to hold them accountable for their violent and controlling behaviors. RESPECT works with these individuals to prevent violence in both their current and future relationships.
This program is certified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. RESPECT groups are held in Attleboro, Franklin, Taunton and Worcester.
“Let’s face it. Ugly behavior abounds. On college campuses. Military bases. In the workplace. Yet, it’s hard enough to even acknowledge just how much people are perpetrating acts of sexual assault, harassment, racial discrimination, or violence—let alone have an honest, constructive dialogue about these issues.
We bring a profound passion to starting these important conversations and do it in a very unexpected way. Our engaging programs get students, military personnel and employees talking, sharing, and yes, even laughing about the behaviors, stereotypes and cultural attitudes that contribute to these social issues.
Our approach is fully supported by research in education, psychology and cognition and led by trained educators who also happen to be dynamic, charismatic speakers. It all boils down to a proven, simple truth: laughter and honesty have the power to initiate change. Only when defenses are lowered, are people truly able to reflect on behaviors and beliefs, and begin a positive transformation.”
The Speech Project
“The WMC Speech Project is dedicated to raising public and media awareness about online harassment. The past several years have seen an increase in news, as well as a growing understanding that online harassment is a social, civil rights and workplace issue. However, many people, and institutions, think of harassment as “bullying,” instead of its much more complex and dynamic reality.”
Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault
“The Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) is a membership organization promoting safety, justice, and healing for survivors while working toward the elimination of sexual violence.”
Direct Action for Women Now (DAWN)
“DAWN ‘s mission is to end gender-based violence and advance gender equality through education and collaboration.
We believe local leaders are the best conduits for change. We work in collaboration with local leaders to help expand their impact by providing global expertise that can be adapted by individual communities. We believe in the resilience and dignity of survivors. Through collaborative workshops with local organizations, we support survivors of violence by providing training, resources and facilitating the sharing of strategies between counselors and healthcare professionals from different areas of expertise and communities
“We want to see a world where gender-based violence does not happen – not in public where it may appear to be a model; not in private where it perpetuates discrimination against women; and finally, not in the hearts and minds of any member of civil society.” — Geeta Aiyer, Co-Founder”
“Violence does not hurt only the person who has experienced it. It hurts the whole community. Learn ways you can work to help end violence against women.
Our Vision: All women and girls achieve the best possible health.
Our Mission: Provide national leadership and coordination to improve the health of women and girls through policy, education, and innovative programs.”
Awaken the Self
“You may have learned spelling and math, but you certainly didn’t learn how to tolerate challenging emotions, build healthy relationships and get in touch with your wildest of dreams. And if you didn’t have the best role models growing up, you could probably use some guidance.”