A message to victims of domestic violence...
The Battered Women's Justice Project primarily provides support and technical assistance to organizations and professionals engaged in the criminal and civil justice system’s response to domestic violence. We do not take on individual cases or provide legal representation to individuals. Our ability to assist victims with their individual cases is limited to the provision of general information about the criminal and civil justice systems and how domestic violence cases are typically processed, but we can help you focus your questions about the criminal and civil legal system. We can also refer you to other resources that are available locally and nationally, and explain what they might have to offer you.
If you are a victim seeking direct advocacy services, we recommend that you contact the following agencies:
For information on:
- Services for victims of domestic violence including information on finding an advocate or shelter, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE (7233) or (800) 787-3224 (TTY) or visit their website at: www.ndvh.org
- Your state domestic violence coalition, please visit the listings of all state's coalitions
- Stalking, contact the Stalking Resource Center's website or call (800) FYI-CALL or visit their website at: http://www.victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalking-resource-center
- Services for victims of sexual assault, contact the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network or call (800) 656-HOPE or visit their website at: www.rainn.org
- Finding an attorney, contact
- Your state domestic violence coalition
- Your state bar (Attorney's Association); to find your state's listing, please visit: http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/findlegalhelp/home.cfm
- If you are a battered woman and need help with your legal defense, contact BWJP's Defense office at (800) 903-0111, ext 3 or (215) 351-0010 or visit their website at www.ncdbw.org
- Resources for domestic violence-related health issues, contact Futures Without Violence at: http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/section/our_work/health
We recommend contact via the phone during business hours (8:30-4:30 CT), rather than emailing for help. Not only is email not a secure form of communication, phone conversations allow us to provide you with more specific and concrete information.