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New resource for domestic violence victims

New on-line resource for domestic  violence victims
New on-line resource for domestic violence victims
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There is now a critical piece of the safety planning puzzle available to people who are trying to escape domestic violence with limited resources. A new website offers a listing of help available in your area. This is the first of its kind to service the nation. It is irreplaceable as a support because of its expansive database. The organizers of the site spent six months searching for and confirming 3,001 domestic violence provider organizations across the United States. The National Coalition of Domestic Violence and Theresa’s Fund have partnered to launch the site.
According to Google there are more than 3,000,000 searches conducted per month for information related to domestic violence, most often seeking help and support. Generally a victim would have to wade through endless amounts of on-line information. Much of the services on the internet are really just glorified advertisements requiring victims to purchase a book on abuse or retain legal services. It also is left up to the victim to sort through local bureaucracy to find the help she needs if she is doing her research by phone. Determining what help is offered in each county can be confusing. Making matters more complex are financial restrictions and language barriers. This can be a timely process, and time is something most victims just don’t have. Victims often are kept under very watchful eyes from their abusers. Finding a few moments a day to research help is all most of them can manage.
The staff at offer listings of shelters, advocates, and legal and financial services available by address or zip code. Along with listings of providers, it also offers articles on safety planning, recognizing abuse, safe surfing, getting a protective order, determining if leaving is necessary, helping your children, and domestic violence statistics.
The process of coming to terms with the fact that you are in an abusive relationship can be emotionally, physically and mentally overwhelming. Victims need support through that process and help deciding what to do next. A great place to start the journey of recovery is

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