National Sex Offender Public Registry

NSOPW is the only U.S. government Website that links public state, territorial, and tribal sex offender registries from one national search site. Parents, employers, and other concerned residents can utilize the Website’s search tool to identify location information on sex offenders residing, working, and attending school not only in their own neighborhoods but in other nearby states and communities. In addition, the Website provides visitors with information about sexual abuse and how to protect themselves and loved ones from potential victimization.

National Runaway Safeline

Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away in a year. Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you are a teenager who is thinking of running from home, if you have a friend who has run and is looking for help, or if you are a runaway ready to go home. Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you care about a youth and want information on how you can help someone who may be at risk of running from home. Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you are a teacher looking for information to pass along to your students about youth homelessness or the reality of life on the streets. Our 24-hour crisis line has an experienced front-line team member ready to help you now. If you’re not ready to call, you can post to our bulletin board, send an email, or start a live chat. It’s anonymous, confidential and free.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

The NSVRC staff collects and disseminates a wide range of resources on sexual violence including statistics, research, position statements, statutes, training curricula, prevention initiatives and program information. With these resources, the NSVRC assists coalitions, advocates and others interested in understanding and eliminating sexual violence. The NSVRC has an active and diverse Advisory Council that assists and advises staff and ensures a broad national perspective. The NSVRC also enjoys a strong partnership with state, territory and tribal anti-sexual assault coalitions and allied organizations.

In addition to tracking resources developed throughout the country, the NSVRC publishes a newsletter, The Resource, issues press releases and talking points on current events and coordinates an annual national sexual assault awareness month (SAAM) campaign in April. Additionally, the NSVRC develops original resources to help bridge information gaps, such as conducting research and analysis of underserved populations.

The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT)

The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) strives to be a comprehensive resource, training and research center dealing with all aspects of violence, abuse and trauma.  IVAT interfaces with Alliant International University’s academic schools and centers, which provide resource support and educational training. Through a focus on collaborations with various partnering organizations, IVAT desires to bridge gaps and help improve current systems of care on a local, national, and global level.

1 in 6

The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives. Our mission also includes serving family members, friends, and partners by providing information and support resources on the web and in the community.

National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across The Lifespan

To make the prevention of interpersonal violence a national priority and to encourage healthy relationships by linking science, practice, policy and advocacy. To end all types of interpersonal violence, for all people, in all communities, at all stages of life. 

Healthy Families America® (HFA)

Healthy Families America (HFA) is a nationally recognized evidence-based home visiting program model designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment.  It is the primary home visiting model best equipped to work with families who may have histories of trauma, intimate partner violence, mental health and/or substance abuse issues.  HFA services begin prenatally or right after the birth of a baby and are offered voluntarily, intensively and over the long-term (3 to 5 years after the birth of the baby).

Grandparent Information Center

For grandparents raising grandchildren, professionals, support groups, researchers and policy makers.

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)

A multidisciplinary membership society promoting support among professionals who work with victims of child abuse.

American Public Human Services Association

 Concerned with effective administration of publicly funded human services.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America

Volunteers support families under stress and single parents by working with children in need of additional attention and friendship. And is to help all children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with volunteer mentors. Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of the oldest and largest youth mentoring organizations in the United States. Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors children, all ages in communities across the country.

 Center for the Improvement of Child Caring

Over forty years of dedication and focused research has proven CICC as one of the largest and most influential parenting and parenting education organizations. We believe that the greatest gift that can be given to the children of America – to the children of the world – is the gift of effective parenting.

Childhelp USA

 Childhelp exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. We focus our efforts on advocacy, prevention, intervention, treatment and community outreach.

Father Flanagan’s Boys Home
(Boys Town)

We offer support and healing to struggling children and hurting families. At some of our sites children find refuge at a Boys Town group homes. At others, Boys Town works with families in their own homes with our in-home family services. In addition to our physical locations, Boys Town reaches more than 2 million people each year, right where they live through our national hotline, books, online resources, and national research hospital. When you support Boys Town, you help provide healing and hope to children and families across America.

American Academy of Pediatrics

Provides numerous materials for professionals working in the child abuse prevention field.

American Bar Association (ABA)

Center on Children and the Law. Consultation, technical assistance and training for professionals in using the legal system to protect children.

American Civil Liberties Union

A national program of litigation, advocacy and education.

National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC)

Professional organization for lawyers and other practitioners who represent children in court. Provides training for parents and training of parenting instructors nationwide. Offers a wide variety of workshops nationwide.

The Lamplighter Movement

Fill the world with Lamplighters

Children of an untreated victim of childhood sexual abuse stand a five times greater chance of being abused themselves.

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew V)

Punch a hole in the darkness!!
Become a Lamplighter, a light of the world.
Start a chapter in your area.
The Lamplighter Movement currently has 79 chapters in 10 countries!

We must all stand together so that none must stand alone!

Provide a “home away from home” for other survivors, a safe place where they can tell their story. Support for adult survivors of child sexual abuse incest, domestic violence, rape and sexual assault

Thank you Renee and Michelle for recommending this site as a resource.  There are a list of 15 Domestic Violence Resources on this page!

Written By Michele Wheat

Domestic violence is an epidemic that affects individuals in all communities, regardless of age, gender, religion, race, economic status, orientation, or nationality.

Signs of an Abuser

Anyone can be an abuser regardless of gender, age, and other factors. Studies have found that the majority of abusers are only violent with their intimate partners and many abusers do not have criminal records. There are, however, common characteristics shared by abusers. These include the following,

  • Sees their victim as property and objectifies them.
  • Feels powerless and has low self esteem, and often has internal feelings of inadequacy.
  • Minimizes the severity of the violence or denies its existence altogether.
  • Externalizes the causes of their violent behavior.