Frequently Asked Questions

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Facts and Information on Domestic Violence

Domestic, dating and sexual violence are costly and pervasive problems with devastating effects on individuals, families and communities. In addition to the lives taken and injuries sustained, partner violence can shatter the sense of well-being that allows people to thrive. It also can cause health problems that last a lifetime, and diminish children’s prospects in school and in life. However, with support and resources, survivors of abuse may heal from their abuse and help pave a non-violent path for future generations.

The United States has made progress in the last few decades in addressing this violence, resulting in welcome declines – but there is more work to do to implement the strategies that hold the most promise. These include teaching the next generation that domestic violence is wrong, training more health care providers to regularly assess patients for abuse, implementing workplace prevention and victim support programs, and making services available to all victims including immigrants and children who witness violence.

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About Futures Without Violence

Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, works to prevent violence within the home, and in the community, to help those whose lives are devastated by violence because everyone has the right to live free of violence.

For more information on our work, please browse through our website and sign up for our e-newsletter.

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Get Help and Domestic Violence Resources

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, does not offer services directly for victims or survivors of abuse, however many national and local organizations do. If you would like to speak to a domestic violence counselor, contact the following resources for free, confidential support. These organizations are available from anywhere within the United States. Many operate 24 hours a day and in various languages.


National Domestic Violence Hotline
www.ndvh.org
1−800−799−SAFE (7233)
TTY 1−800−787−3224
The National Domestic Violence Hotline, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, offers services in Spanish and English, with access to more than 170 languages through interpreter services. The hotline provides crisis intervention, safety planning, information, and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

National Sexual Assault Hotline
www.rainn.org
1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network offers assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When calling the hotline, callers are automatically diverted to their area RAINN center where on-duty volunteers are available to answer questions, provide support, and suggest local resources.

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
www.loveisrespect.org
1-866-331-9474
TTY 1-866-331-8453
The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline offers real time chat and one-on-one support from peer advocates trained to offer support, information, and advocacy to those in dating abuse relationships. The helpline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and offers translation services. Assistance via online chat services is available 4pm-2am CST.

National Child Abuse Hotline
www.childhelp.org
1-800-4-A-CHILD (2-24453)
Serving the U.S., its territories, and Canada, the National Child Abuse Hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who, through interpreters, can provide assistance in 170 languages. The Hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources.

Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime
www.ncvc.org/SRC/Main.aspx
1-800-FYI-CALL (394-2255)
TTY 1-800-211-7996
Email: gethelp@ncvc.org
Victims in need of assistance can call the National Center for Victims of Crime Helpline for information on options, and referrals to local services anywhere in the country. The Stalking Resource Center also provides training, technical assistance and an information clearinghouse.

National Human Trafficking Resource Center
http://nhtrc.polarisproject.org/
1-888-3737-888
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. Through the hotline, you can report a tip, connect with anti-trafficking services in your area, or request training and technical assistance, general information, or specific anti-trafficking resources.

Hot Peach Pages (International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies)
http://www.hotpeachpages.net/
Hot Peach Pages is an on-line directory of world-wide abuse hotlines, crisis centers, refuges, shelters, and women's organizations. Information on abuse is available in more than eighty languages.

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Legal Assistance

Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, does not provide legal services, advice or consultation on domestic violence cases, child custody disputes, or cases involving child welfare. If you would like assistance on these issues, contact the following resources.

 

LEGAL RESOURCES FOR VICTIMS AND THEIR ATTORNEYS OR ADVOCATES

The Battered Women's Justice Project
http://www.bwjp.org

As the national resource center that addresses all areas of law related to domestic violence, the BWJP provide technical assistance and training to a variety of professionals: advocates, civil attorneys, judges and related court personnel, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, probation officers, batterers intervention program staff, defense attorneys, and policymakers; and to victims of domestic violence, including incarcerated battered women, and their families and friends. BWJP also responds to requests from tribal and military personnel who fulfill equivalent positions in their respective responses to domestic violence.

Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC)
www.cliniclegal.org
1-202-635-2556
E-mail: national@cliniclegal.org
CLINIC’s network of immigration programs, includes over 185 Catholic and non-Catholic organizations around the country. CLINIC and its member agencies represent low-income immigrants without reference to their race, religion, gender, ethnic group, or other distinguishing characteristics. For a directory of organizations, visit: http://www.cliniclegal.org/about-us/affiliate-directory

The National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
http://www.ncdbw.org/
or 1-800-903-0111 x3
Collect calls are accepted from incarcerated battered women
In partnership with the Battered Women’s Justice Project (see above), The National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women provides customized technical assistance to battered women charged with crimes and to members of their defense teams (defense attorneys, advocates, expert witnesses and others). The National Clearinghouse does not provide direct representation to battered women charged with crimes. Rather, staff provides information and resources to defense teams at any stage of the legal process.

The Resource Center on Child Custody Protection
http://www.ncjfcj.org/content/view/129/250/
1-800-527-3223
The Resource Center on Child Custody Protected is operated by the National Center of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Family Violence Project and provides information, consultation, training and legal research related to child protection and custody. Provides judicial training, consultation with supervised visitation providers, resources for battered women, and their attorneys; does not give legal advice.

Women’s Law
www.womenslaw.org
The Mission of WomensLaw.org is to provide easy-to-understand legal information and resources to women living with or escaping domestic violence or sexual assault. Women’s Law provides a directory of resources: http://www.womenslaw.org/gethelp_national.php

 

LEGAL RESOURCES FOR ATTORNEYS AND ADVOCATES

American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence
http://new.abanet.org/domesticviolence/Pages/default.aspx
The Commission does not provide lawyer referrals and does not provide legal advice to survivors of domestic violence. For a listing of state and local agencies providing legal help: http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/findlegalhelp/home.cfm"
The ABA Commission on Domestic Violence works to increase access to justice for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking by mobilizing the legal profession. The Commission addresses the acute need to increase the number of well-trained and supported attorneys providing representation to victims by providing creative training opportunities for lawyers, law students, and other legal advocates.

ASISTA
www.asistahelp.org
1- 515-244-2469
E-mail: questions@asistahelp.org
ASISTA has a clearinghouse with legal resources for attorneys and advocates assisting immigrant women. They also provide technical assistance and training for advocates and attorneys facing complex legal problems in advocating for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith and Credit, a project of BWJP
http://www.bwjp.org/ncffc_home.aspx
1-703-312-7922
The National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith and Credit provides technical assistance on all issues related to the issuance and enforcement of protection orders across jurisdictional boundaries. NCPOFFC’s mission is to facilitate implementation of the Full Faith and Credit clause of the Violence Against Women Act in all states, tribes, and territories by raising public awareness of the statute’s requirements and by providing problem-solving technical assistance and support to individuals and jurisdictions.

National Human Trafficking Resource Center
http://nhtrc.polarisproject.org/
1-888-3737-888
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. Through the hotline, you can report a tip, connect with anti-trafficking services in your area, or request training and technical assistance, general information, or specific anti-trafficking resources.

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Funding and Financial Support

Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, does not accept any direct solicitations or requests for funding or financial support.

For funding requests, we recommend that you contact the Foundation Center (www.foundationcenter.org) for a directory of foundations that may be interested in providing monetary support for your project. You can also subscribe to the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women’s (www.vawnet.org) monthly electronic newsletter for up-to-date funding opportunities.

Some state or local agencies occasionally have funding or financial support opportunities. You can find a complete list of State Coalitions at the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website: http://www.ncadv.org/resources/StateCoalitionList.php.

On occasion, Futures Without Violence announces requests for participation (RFPs) for organizations to take part in emerging Futures Without Violence initiatives. To stay updated on Futures Without Violence work, visit our various program pages and join the Futures Without Violence e-newsletter.

 For information regarding Futures Without Violence's funding sources and financial standing, please visit the Financials page of our website.

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Interviews or Meetings with Futures Without Violence Staff

If you have a media related inquiry, please visit the Futures Without Violence Press Room or contact Marsha Robertson, Director of Communications at 415-678-5500.

If you are interested in learning about the work of a domestic violence shelter or local advocacy organization that supports survivors of abuse, please contact your state domestic violence coalition for a local referral. You can find a complete list of National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website: http://www.ncadv.org/resources/StateCoalitionList.php.

If you are interested in learning about our work, we invite you to browse through this website. If you are interested in having an interview or meeting with a Futures Without Violence staff member, please know that unfortunately we are not able to accommodate all requests. Please email your request, including the meeting purpose and any specific questions or interests, to info@futureswithoutviolence.org.

 

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Teens and Dating Violence

For information about teen dating violence, we recommend that you visit the Teens section of our Website. Here you can find our Fact Sheet on Teens and Dating Violence and information about our teen dating violence prevention efforts, including Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships, That’s Not Cool, and Lessons from Literature.

Our Respect! Campaign also has tips for families to talk with teens about healthy relationships.

If you’re a health care provider, see Futures Without Violence’s Consensus Recommendations for Child and Adolescent Health.

 

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Futures Without Violence Materials

Many of our materials are available for download in our online store or in the appropriate Program section (Click here for a list of Futures Without Violence Programs). Hard copies of some materials are available in limited quantities via our online store: http://fvpfstore.stores.yahoo.net/. For each order you place there will be a shipping and handling charge, which can only be made by credit card.

For more information about free materials and our National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence (HRC), visit: http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/content/features/detail/790/.

 

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Permission to Use Futures Without Violence Resources

Use of Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, materials, campaigns, titles, information, etc. is subject to Futures Without Violence Information Use Requirements. Please note: “Coaching Boys Into Men,” “Founding Fathers,” “Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund,” and any graphics and logos on www.futureswithoutviolence.org and corresponding collateral are trademarks or servicemarks of Futures Without Violence and owned by Futures Without Violence. The foregoing may only be used with the prior written permission of Futures Without Violence and when doing so, Futures Without Violence’s ownership and/or permission of such use must be duly noted. Please email request@futureswithoutviolence.org for permission.

You are welcome to use information on this Website as is without modification, revision, or adaptation provided that you cite Futures Without Violence and include our URL www.FuturesWithoutViolence.org and the date of publication if available. If you are using statistics from one of our fact sheets, please also include the original source of the statistic. If you are planning to use Futures Without Violence assets in the context of a greater work or altering Futures Without Violence assets please be sure to visit the Futures Without Violence Legal Notices.

 

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Sharing a Resource (Event, Film, Book, Website, Speaker)

Due to the large number of requests we receive, we are not often able to publicize materials produced outside of our Futures Without Violence programs. Occasionally, Futures Without Violence also offers national conferences, such as our biennial National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence, with vendor tables for those interested in marketing their materials and resources to conference attendees. Additionally, we issue a “call for abstracts” to solicit speakers from the field.

 

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