Resources for Victims and Families
National Child Abuse Hotline
The National Child Abuse Hotline provides local referrals for services. A centralized call center provides the caller with the option of talking to a counselor. They are also connected to a language line that can provide service in over 140 languages.
Phone: 800.4.A.CHILD (422-2253)
National Children’s Alliance
This organization represents the national network of Child Advocacy Centers (CAC). CACs are a multidisciplinary team of law enforcement, mental and physical health practitioners who investigate instances of child physical and sexual abuse.
National Organization for Victim Assistance
Founded in 1975, NOVA is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States. They connect victims with services and resources and ensure that professional core competencies are met and maintained by those working directly with crime victims through credentialing programs.
National Resource Center on Violence Against Women
VAWnet, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence hosts a resource library home of thousands of materials on violence against women and related issues, with particular attention to its intersections with various forms of oppression.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) offers a wide variety of information relating to sexual violence including a large legal resource library.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline, and also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
The Laws in Your State
The Laws in Your State provides a database of state laws including mandatory reporting, confidentiality laws, HIV/AIDS testing of sexual offenders, termination of a rapists’ parental rights, and statute of limitations for all states.
Womenslaw.org provides plain-language legal information for victims of abuse. This includes information about restraining orders and other legal protections for victims of domestic violence sexual assault.
Email Hotline: https://www.womenslaw.org/about/contact
Break the Cycle
Break the Cycle inspires and supports young people 12 – 24 to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse. We are a culturally affirming organization that centers young people, caring adults, and communities in our prevention and intervention efforts. Our dynamic and diverse team believes that all young people deserve to live in a world where they can thrive.
Darkness to Light
Darkness to Light provides crisis intervention and referral services to children or people affected by sexual abuse of children. Hotline calls are automatically routed to a local center.
Phone: 866.FOR.LIGHT (367-5444)
Family Watchdog is a free service to help locate registered sex offenders in your area. Family Watchdog encourages you to use their site to help educate your family on possible dangers in areas that you frequently visit.
Justice for Children
Justice for Children provides a full range of advocacy services for abused and neglected children.
Intake Form Contact: http://justiceforchildren.org/intake-forms/
1 in 6
1 in 6 aims to be a support for men sexually abused as children. They do this by providing educational information and resources for men, family and friends, and professionals. They offer 24 hour support in the form of a national helpline and online groups for male survivors.
Helpline Chat: https://1in6.org/chat-with-someone/
Jimhopper.com provides articles that discuss the effects of child sexual abuse on adult men and their loved ones, bringing light to an often, overlooked demographic of sexual assault victims.
Malesurvivor.org (National and International)
Malesurvivor.org offers support and resources to male sexual assault survivors, their families, and their allies. In addition to creating physical safe spaces for male survivors to connect and share, Malesurvivor.org also connects survivors to a database of counselors located nationally and internationally.
Email Form: http://www.malesurvivor.org/contact-us/
Start Your Recovery
Survivors of sexual violence experience emotionally and physically painful effects after trauma that may make it difficult to maintain a sense of normalcy, even after returning to their daily lives. Some survivors may turn to substance use as a coping mechanism. Start Your Recovery aims to break this cycle by providing substance abuse information that relates to a survivor’s experience.
Stop It Now
Stop it Now provides resources for victims and parents/relatives/friends of child sexual abuse.
Phone: 888-PREVENT (773.8368)
The Recovery Village
Denial is one of the common attributes of domestic abuse victims. Many deny (or don’t even realize) that what they’re experiencing is abuse, or they make excuses for the abuser’s actions. Some may also blame themselves for the abuse. That’s why the first step in getting help is acknowledging the abuse. Acknowledge that it’s wrong, it’s NOT your fault and you deserve better.
Together We Heal
Together We Heal is for any who suffer from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse (CSA). It exists to provide guidance and counseling to those in need, educate any who seek information on how to better protect our children and to expose the sexual predators and their methods.