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Domestic Violence and Gender Based Violence Resources

Educational Resources:

National Network to End Domestic Violence:

Power and Control Wheel:

Technology Power and Control Wheel:

Technology Safety:

Internet Safety:

Technology and Confidentiality Toolkit:

Help for Abused and Battered Women:

Violence Against Women Act:

International Violence Against Women Act:

Crisis Resources:

United States National Crisis Line:

American Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Line:

United States Domestic Violence National Hotlines and Resources:

International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies:

Women's Aid Federation of England:

Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE):

National Domestic Violence Hotline (Canada): Toll-free: 1-800-363-9010

Domestic Violence International Resources:

International Sexual Assault Resources:

If you know of any country specific resources, please share them in the comments section bellow!



This is awesome- I know how much time it takes to find helpful resources, and I very much appreciate you putting them here in one place.

With gratitude,

Let us Hope together-
aka: Cali gal


kellyannaustin's picture

further thoughts


At your request, I'm sharing my few thoughts that I originally shared with Rachael after the meeting on safety and security issues at World Pulse. I also wanted to follow up with a few sites that talk about internet and computer safety in relation to Domestic Violence issues. Some of these repeat your above suggestions. I am in no way an expert in this field, but as a Domestic Violence Advocate I can point to some of the issues we must address on a day-to-day basis. I am invested in aiding domestic violence survivors and I applaud the efforts to help those who are seeking to leave unsafe situations. And please forgive me if I’ve mentioned issues that are old hat for you!

Most of the advice addresses the way that computers cache information. They recommend using a “safe” computer. A computer at a library, an internet cafe or even a friend’s house could be safe. All of these recommendations depend on so many factors (i.e. the trustworthiness of the friend), so it is impossible to say that any of these is 100% safe. Safer is usually the term used among my colleagues. When access is already an issue, finding a safer computer may be difficult from some World Pulse members. One of these sites details how to erase the history. This can’t, as I understand it, be entirely erased. And, as you know, you don’t have to be a genius to track someone’s history. Also, if you don’t normally erase the browsing history, this too could be something the abuser fixates on and could put someone in danger.

Another issue that has gained a lot of traction is the use of GPS enabled devices (phones, tablets, etc.) that will allow an abuser to locate a survivor. I know of a woman who was found by her abuser because she did not know to disable her Facebook site which has a GPS locator. A number of sites track people this way.

Cellular phones are among the least secure. Yet, pay phones and land lines have become more and more scarce. This is an issue to consider and extends to such extremes as spyware. Sometimes this technology is used for all kinds of cyber and physical stalking.

We also advise that people use safer computers to research escape plans. For example, looking for bus tickets or researching apartments can leave a trail for the abuser to find the survivor. The abuser could also deduce that an escape plan is being created and take measures to prevent escape or worse.

As I said in the meeting, the combination of giving advice that might be viewed as a threat by the abuser, that may be intercepted through technology, and/or that just may be revealed by the survivor to the abuser either under duress or during the “honeymoon” phase of reconciliation—it is not uncommon for a survivor to return to her abuser many times—can be unsafe for the person giving advice if their whereabouts are known. Since the abusers are already known to be abusive, the danger increases for retaliation if their way of life feels under threat. I imagine, too, that this would be true for cyber bullying when e-information is readily available online.

I can’t speak to the full range of ethical issues at stake and I don’t know much about legal issues (just confidentiality and mandatory reporting, the latter is something you’ll need to consider if the person is in the U.S.—the standards vary from state to state).

Here are a few sites that touch on many of the same issues, but from different angles and in more or less complex ways:

I hope this information extends and amplifies the important discussions you’re already having.

Peace and hope,


Cali gal Michelle's picture

Kelly-Amazingly helpful

Kelly-Amazingly helpful information (scary, too) y provided here. Can your hints be posted in resources as well, or attached to other online safety documents here? Perhaps we could discuss further.

I would love to post this information in the Ending Gender Based Violence group journal, too.

As always, thanks for your time and wise words!

Let us Hope together-
aka: Cali gal


kellyannaustin's picture

Michelle,I'm happy to share


I'm happy to share this wherever you think it might be useful. :) Is this something I can do? I'm happy to talk with you about it!



ANNE CHIRUME's picture

mes compliments

Bonjour Delphine;

Ca fait longtemps qu'on a échangé sur mon projet. Je me rappelle que j'ai fais de mon mieux pour m'inscrire dans votre démarche, si non, que dois-je faire pour répondre à vos critères d'éligibilité. Ca me préoccupe à la veille des élections prévues pour l'année prochaine dans la mesure où ce sont là les enjeux ciblés.
Tout en m'excusant de vous avoir importuné, je vous exprime toute ma sympathie.


Bonjour Anne,

C'est un plaisir d'avoir de vos nouvelles.
Cella fait un moment que nous n'avons pas parle.
Dites moi en plus au sujet des elections et de vos craintes.

J'aimerai vous faire savoir que vous ne m'importune pas. Je susi toujours ravie de parler avec vous.
A tres bientot,

Delphine Criscenzo

je suis aussi ravie de pouvoir échanger avec vous.
Quant aux élections dans mon pays, on a parle de plus en plus, surtout en ce qui concerne la participation des femmes en tant que candidates.
En effet, la participation des femmes en tant que telle demeure un défi à relever. C'est pourquoi je voudrais apporter ma contribution en proposant mon ouvrage comme je l'ai mentionné la fois passée. Je continue à soutenir que ledit document va aider à changer la vision que l'opinion se fait de la femme et les femmes elles mêmes pourront en faire bon usage pendant les campagnes électorales et même après.
Je crains que je puisse rater cette opportunité en ne soutenant pas les femmes comme je l'ai prévu.


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