Ask Congress to Keep Guns Away from Abusers

Why should a reported, known domestic abuser be allowed to have a gun? The National Network to End Domestic Violence states, in regard to advocating for domestic violence legislation, that

Year after year, we call upon Congress to enact gun safety legislation that enhances safety for women and families by closing existing gaps in federal firearms laws and expanding background checks.  A number of Members of Congress are advocating for an important background check bill that would help keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous abusers. 

Ask your member of Congress to show his or her support by joining the call for action on this life-saving legislation by clicking here

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National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Take a Stand for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Grant Programs for Victims of Domestic Violence

The United States Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women offers a grant program to assist domestic violence survivors in getting financial help, making escape more realistic, and a real possibility, for all victims. The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) currently administers 24 grant programs authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994. More information about The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 can be found here. The grant program:

….is awarded to states and territories, enhances the capacity of local communities to develop and strengthen effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies to combat violent crimes against women and to develop and strengthen victim services in cases involving violent crimes against women.

Four of the twenty four programs were created with very specific and firm rules on how the funds are to be distributed. The four formula programs are Stop Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program, Sexual Assault Services Formula Grant Program, State and Territorial Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Coalitions Program, and Grants to Tribal Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalitions Program. Here’s what OVW states on their website in regard to the grant programs: Continue reading “Grant Programs for Victims of Domestic Violence”

Hard-to-Find Resources for Other Forms of Domestic Violence

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: emotionalabusehurts@cybergal.com Continue reading “Hard-to-Find Resources for Other Forms of Domestic Violence”

How Can You Help?

There are so many options in order to take action against domestic violence. The first and one of the most important way everyone can help is by raising domestic violence awareness by not just educating yourself and those around you, but by encouraging those around you–anyone you talk to!– to educate those around them

Another way you help this cause is through donations. If you can’t personally make a donation, you can start your own fundraiser to raise funds for domestic violence awareness, or you can join Team Horizon emotionalabusehurts and start raising money directly through Safe Horizons and emotionalabusehurts blog.

Enter the Respect! Challenge and share who you have to thank for teaching you respect, whether it be your mother, father, grandparents…and tell your story!

You can volunteer your time helping at a domestic violence center or a battered women’s shelter. Find your local battered women’s shelter and see how you can volunteer your help, or visit one of the many online hotlines, such as hotline.org, and go to the “take action” or “how can I help?” page to see what help they need.

For more information and ideas on how you can get involved, this article through Pixel Project gives sixteen ways you can help.

futures-leftAnother invaluable resource for tips on getting involved is at futureswithoutviolence.org

and National Coalition to End Domestic Violence says:

NNEDV asks advocates and allies to contact Congress at key times to influence legislation and funding for domestic violence programs.  NNEDV will ask you to make phone calls, send an email or take action on social media sites.  Taking a few minutes to contact your elected officials can mean a world of difference to a survivor of domestic violence

You can also google “how to get involved in fight against domestic violence” or something similar, and you’d be amazed how many links you find!