Written by Michele Wheat
Advocacy/Survivor Services Organizations
American Association of University Women
Advocacy and empowerment organization for women and girls.
A national Latina-led nonprofit committed to ending sexual violence and other forms of gender-based aggressions and engage marginalized communities as agents of change.
Black Women's Blueprint Project
Civil and human rights organization aimed to secure social, political and economic equality in American society; The Black Women's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (BWTRC) on sexual violence.
Futures Without Violence: Preventing Violence Against Women on College Campuses
Resources for campuses to promote healthy relationships and to better help those affected by violence.
Joyful Heart Foundation
National organization dedicated to healing, educating and empowering survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.
Men Can Stop Rape
Organization aimed at mobilizing men to create cultures free from violence.
National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV)
National advocacy organization representing state coalitions and local programs organizing against sexual violence and for survivors.
The National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (NRCDV)
Designs, provides, and customizes training and consultation, influences policy, promotes collaboration and enhances diversity with the goal of ending domestic and sexual violence.
The National Center for Victims of Crime
A nonprofit organization that advocates for victims' rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a source of information on victims' issues
National Organization of Asians and Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV)
National advocacy organization which provides technical assistance to culturally and linguistically specific organizations that are currently serving or attempting to serve victims of sexual assault in Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA)
National advocacy organization supporting and advocating for women of color and organizations by and for communities of color.
National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)
A national social change organization dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
A national information and resource hub relating to all aspects of sexual violence.
Encourages teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems to talk about what they're experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope.
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
National advocacy organization that operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline.
Safer Society Foundation
Organization dedicated to ending sexual abuse by promoting effective prevention and best-practice treatment for sexual abusers and their victims.
Stalking Resource Center
Information about stalking and resources for victims.
Tribal Court Clearinghouse
Materials available through the website, which serves as a resource for American Indian and Alaska Native Nations, include laws and publications on sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, and more.
Advocacy organization mobilizing against sexism to expand women's rights, though grassroots, people-powered campaigns.
Victim Rights Law Center
Provides national training for attorneys and advocates on issues of sexual assault.
Know Your IX
A campaign that aims to educate all college students in the U.S. about their rights under Title IX.
Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER)
Organization dedicated to empowering students to hold their universities accountable for having strong campus sexual assault policies and programming.
Many survivors identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). Unfortunately, the LGBT community experiences sexual violence at high rates. One study found that 13.2% of bisexual men and 11.6% of gay men were raped in adulthood, compared to 1.6% of heterosexual men. According to the CDC, 46% of bisexual women have been raped, compared to 13% of lesbians and 17% of heterosexual women. Another study found that more than 25% of transgender individuals had been sexually assaulted after the age of 13. All survivors, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, should be able to access resources. The below resources provide supportive, user-friendly services and information for survivors and allies.
The Trevor Project Helpline
Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. Help and support are available via phone, chat, text, and online social networking.
The Northwest Network
The NW Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse works to end violence and abuse by building loving and equitable relationships in our community and across the country.
Information and resources tailored to perspectives and needs of the LGBTQ population who are at increased risk for a number of health threats when compared to their heterosexual peers. Differences in sexual behavior account for some of these disparities, but others are associated with social and structural inequities, such as the stigma and discrimination. This resource is produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Native Youth Sexual Health Network
The Native Youth Sexual Health Network provides culturally relevant resources and has developed a comprehensive online directory of Two Spirit organizations and social media tools for the LGBTQ community.
The community of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Centers exist to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers and to build a unified center movement. CenterLink works with other national organizations to advance the rights of LGBT individuals and to provide LGBT community centers with information and analysis of key issues.
People with physical or mental disabilities may also be at increased risk for sexual assault. A study reported that individuals with a disability were three times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than individuals without a disability. iv Unfortunately, many disabled individuals experience barriers when attempting to access services and resources. The below resources provide accessible services for disabled students and allies:
Connects people with disabilities, their families and caregivers to helpful resources on topics such as how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, get health care or pay for accessible housing.
Screening and Counseling on Violence for Women with Disabilities
Immigrant and International Resources
While numbers are difficult to estimate, immigrants and international students face unique difficulties. Perpetrators may threaten to have their victims deported if they try to seek help, making immigrant survivors less likely to report these crimes. Immigrant and international student survivors may also be unaware or confused by the services that are available, particularly if service providers lack linguistically or culturally appropriate resources. The below resources provide linguistically and culturally appropriate resources for international and immigrant survivors:
Community Health Centers
Casa de Esperanza
A national resource center on domestic violence in the Latin community, with a mission to mobilize Latinas and Latino communities to end domestic violence. Their work includes community building, as well as direct advocacy and resources for victims of domestic violence in Latin@ communities.
Asian Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence
The Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence is a national resource center on domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence in Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
Bringing in the Bystander
Bystander intervention prevention program.
Online, video-based bystander intervention training.
A violence prevention strategy that can be adapted to different communities.
A national online project dedicated to the primary prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence.
The Red Flag Campaign
Public awareness campaign designed to address dating violence and promote the prevention of dating violence on college campuses.
A classroom and school wide intervention designed to reduce dating violence and sexual harassment among middle school students.
1 is 2 Many
Vice President Biden's initiative to change attitudes that lead to violence and educate the public on the realities of abuse.
1 in 6
Resources for male survivors who have been sexually abused during childhood.
A resource for prosecutors to improve the quality of justice in sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking and human trafficking cases.
Break the Cycle
Resources related to dating violence
Center for Public Integrity's "Sexual Assault on Campus: A Frustrating Search for Justice" Project
A year-long investigation into the handling of sexual assault reports by college campuses.
Haven-Understanding Sexual Assault
Online training for college students on sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.
The Line Campaign
A nonprofit organization and movement committed to empowering young leaders to create a world without sexual violence.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center's Campus Sexual Violence Resource List
Resources for administrators, student activists, and law enforcement, on such topics as primary prevention on campus, crime statistics, and training tools.
Public awareness campaign to end domestic violence and sexual assault.
Resource Sharing Project (RSP)
Provides technical assistance, support, and the dissemination of peer-driven resources for all state and territorial sexual assault coalitions.
Sexual Violence Justice Institute
A national resource for expertise in the criminal justice response to sexual violence.
That's Not Cool
Tools for addressing dating violence through social media.
Information about intervention, prevention, perpetration, education and awareness, advocacy, program development, and population specific approaches to sexual assault.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
The international men's march to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence.
Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Campus Program Technical Assistance Providers
Black Women's Blueprint Project, in partnership with the National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault
Offer targeted technical assistance and training to address violence against women on campus for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) across the nation. Provide technical assistance on culturally specific prevention and intervention strategies addressing violence against women.
The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Offers technical assistance to campuses in order to develop effective coordinated community responses that prevent and respond to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
The Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Comprehensive training focuses on developing and implementing campus policies, protocols, and training programs for hearing officers and disciplinary boards to ensure more effective responses to the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus.
Family Violence Prevention and Services Program
The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program supports the Domestic Violence Resource Network (DVRN) to strengthen domestic violence/dating violence intervention and prevention efforts at the individual, community and societal levels. The DVRN includes two national resource centers, four special issue resource centers, three culturally--specific Institutes, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and the National Dating Abuse Helpline (loveisrespect.org).