This post is an extension of my earlier post, Resources & Statistics from a Longtime Victim, in which I provided links to a myriad of resources and information for victims of domestic violence of all forms, as well as gave current statistics in regard to domestic violence and links to some very important websites of domestic violence organizations. I want to expand on the information I already provided, as I came across information about other types of abuse which I hadn’t thought to list and which are not as often portrayed in the media or anywhere else in this country. I wanted to be thorough in my research, which I literally spent all day, from the time I woke up at 9:30 this morning until right now, 11:21pm. If there is any specific issue I have missed or if you would like to see a post about a specific topic, I would be happy to oblige, email me at: email@example.com
To start off my educational post, I want to share a very interesting and unique website I happened upon during my research is the Family & Youth Services Bureau, which is one of many programs for domestic violence organized by the United States Department of Health & Human Services. One of several issues which sets this organization apart from the others is a wealth of information and links to information on other forms of abuse and violence which I had never before seen covered by a domestic violence organization. One of these forms of violence and abuse I recently spent some time researching is shockingly widespread yet we aren’t very knowledgeable about it in the United States: human and sex trafficking and commercial sex exploitation. The organization linked to on the NCADV website is the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Though this website isn’t doesn’t provide as much information on human sex trafficking, it does offer quite a few different links to other sites, information and phone numbers of other organizations and programs. I was thrilled to see that the National Human Trafficking Resource Center also provides education in the form of webinars specifically about human and sex trafficking. Furthermore, NHTRC also provides information on grants and other federal programs for victims of human trafficking. They also offer e-learning programs, forms needed to apply for federal grants, podcasts, resources and fact sheets, e-newsletters, tip sheets, and so much more. I highly doubt this blog will ever reach a victim of human trafficking, but the information is here in the event someone does or if any readers know anyone who has been a victim of human trafficking.
There were several additional reasons why Family & Youth Services Bureau is unique: the website provides information and resources to runaways, homeless youth, and pregnant teenagers. Here is an overview of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program (RHYP) in a pdf document.
I was very surprised to find, in my research, a great deal of programs, resources and information geared specifically to victims of emotional abuse, such as bandbacktogether.com, created by the Band Back Together Project, also has many links as well as information about what constitutes emotional abuse and how to reach out for help. Talk about being very specific–they provide resources in the way of information about psychological manipulation for victims of this emotionally damaging abuse. This website also provides information on forms of abuse which I have never before come across when researching domestic violence, and one is economic abuse.
I have read about economic abuse when reading books on emotional abuse and bullying, and realized once I learned about this type of emotional abuse, that I am a victim of this as well. Economic abuse occurs when one partner, typically the husband, manipulates the couples finances in order to control where she goes, what she does, and ultimately prevents her from achieving financial independence, the effect of which would be that the victim is unable to escape the situation, particularly if the abuser is using tactics such as isolation to keep her with him.
Another fantastic and well put together website I discovered today was that of Safe Horizon. Safe Horizon, like the Family & Youth Services (FYS) Program, has a bunch of great information and resources for not just domestic violence victims but also human trafficking victims, runaway youth, victims of elder abuse and services for the families of homicide victims.
Futures Without Violence is an organization that, while also offering resources for victims, has an especially large number of training courses they facilitate with community members such as doctors, teachers, attorneys and more. They also offer educational resources such as help for abusive fathers. Here is their mission statement, according to the website:
Striving to reach new audiences and transform social norms, we train professionals such as doctors, nurses, judges, and athletic coaches on improving responses to violence and abuse. We also work with advocates, policy makers, and others to build sustainable community leadership and educate people everywhere about the importance of respect and healthy relationships
With that in mind, they offer educational resources such as the ability to order materials including free downloads, books and posters for both children and adults, products for culturally diverse victims of violence (including native American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian, Latino, LGBT, and non-English speaking victims) products on campaigns and initiatives, policy papers, DVDs and videos, and more..if you are looking for resources on violence in a unique and non-mainstream situation, this would be where I would look first. If you are unable to locate what you’re looking for, contact them at:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before signing off this post, I’d like to mention an organization which deserves recognition, and that is Joyful Heart Foundation. Joyful Heart Foundation was founded by Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and she serves as the CEO. Having been on SVU for a great number of years, she gained an enormous amount of knowledge of domestic violence and other forms of violence. It’s impressive to me that she has put that knowledge to such good use. On the website there is a quote by Mariska:
A revolution always begins from within. This one begins when you decide how you will hold the issues of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse within you, and how you live out that decision.
I was impressed not just by Mariska’s role in this organization but the organization itself. She specifically mentions on the website that she is trying to advocate in a way different from everyone else and not try to be like other organizations. One of the most interesting aspects of this organization for domestic violence is their approach. Take a look here. They offer a great deal of educational resources to not just victims but to survivors, families and friends, and pillars in the community.
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