Resources on Domestic Violence

The Feminist Sexual Ethics Project does not endorse or recommend any of the resources listed but provides this listing as a service.

National Domestic Violence Resources

Department of Justice Violence Against Women Office

CAVNET (Communities Against Violence Network)

Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence

Child Abuse Prevention Network

Child Welfare League of America

Children's Defense Fund

The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community

National Domestic Violence Hotline

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Massachusetts Domestic Violence Resources

Alternative House
Program Description: Alternative House is a multi-service agency for battered women and their children.

Services offered include: Emergency Shelter, 24 Hour Hotline,  Transitional Housing, Safe Beds, Legal Advocacy, Free Legal Information Clinic, Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program,  Children Who Witness Domestic Violence Programs Support Groups, Community Education and Trainings

Program Designation - Other: Transitional Living Program

Apna Ghar
Located in Chicago, Apna Ghar is “a domestic violence shelter serving primarily Asian women and children. … Apna Ghar takes its name from a Hindi-Urdu phrase meaning "Our Home," and since January 1990 has served over 3800 domestic violence clients.”  Site also has links to domestic violence information, legal services and South Asian organizations.

Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
Program Description: Asian Shelter and Advocacy Project (emergency shelter, 24 hour multilingual hotline, children's advocacy, ESL, counseling, support groups). Project Safe (outreach, workshops, service provider training, coalition building). Lowell Asian Outreach and Advocacy Project. Legal, Welfare, Housing, Immigration and Child Advocacy, English as a second language classes. Individual Counseling,  Support Groups (Vietnamese, Cantonese, Cambodian, and Mandarin), Children's Services: Advocacy for Health in Schools, Play Therapy, Family and Individual Therapy, Survival Skills Class.

Open to Community

F.I.N.E.X. House, Inc.
Program Description: Comprehensive services for battered women and their children who are not served by other programs. Focus on battered women with disabilities. * Legal, Housing, Welfare, and Child Advocacy * Individual Counseling and Support Groups * Children's Services: Play Therapy and Child Care * Parenting Group * Community Outreach: Education on Teen Dating Violence, Child Witnesses to Violence, and Self Esteem

Greater New Bedford Women's Center
Program Description: Serving those who have been physically or sexually abused. * Counseling for Women and Children * Court Advocacy * Children's Groups: Child Trauma Program * Shelter * Safe Home * Domestic Violence *Counseling for Immigrants and Refugees

Independence House, Inc.
Program Description: * Individual Counseling * Support Groups (with access to Spanish) * Groups for Rape Survivors (Both Male and Female) * Children's Services: Intakes, Emotional Support, and Childcare Center, Daycare * Legal Advocacy * 24 Hour Hotline * Open to Community * No Sobriety Policy

Massachusetts Coalition of Battered Women Service Groups/Jane Doe, Inc.

Massachusetts Department of Social Services

Located in San Francisco, but with a toll-free hotline, “Narika was founded in 1992 to address the problem of domestic violence in the South Asian community. Embracing the notion of women's empowerment, Narika set out to address the unmet needs of abused South Asian women by providing advocacy, support, information, and referrals within a culturally sensitive model. We serve women who trace their origins to Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and diasporic communities such as Fiji and the Caribbean.”

The Network for Battered Lesbians and Bisexual Women

Confidential and free services for battered lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender folks. Bilingual Hotline/ Emergency Shelter/ Support Groups/ Safety Planning/ Advocacy

New England Learning Center for Women in Transition (NELCWIT)
Program Description: * Confidential shelter for Battered Women * Counseling and Advocacy for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault * 24 Hour Hotline * Community Education * Legal Advocacy * Day Program for Survivors of Childhood Trauma * Individual Counseling and Support Groups * Childcare

New Hope
Program Description: * Legal, Housing, Welfare, and Child Advocacy * Individual Counseling and Support Groups * Children's Services: Childcare and Support Groups * Parent Aid Programs and Visitation Centers * Respect Group for Batterers (508-226-8286) * Big Brother/ Big Sister Program * 24 Hour Hotline * Open To Community

Portal to Hope (Everett Police Department)
Program Description: * Program Sites in Malden, Lynn, Medford, and Everett * Emergency Shelter (1-3 Days) * Referrals to Long-Term and Permanent Housing * Support Groups for Men and Women * Free Job Placement Assistance Program * Benevolence Project-- Food, Clothing * Free Counseling * Free Legal Services Including Representation * Free Family Mediation * Youth Mentor Program * Court Advocacy in Restraining and Custody Matters * Legislative Team * Community Outreach

A Safe Place
Program Description: * 24 Hour Hotline with Face to Face Emergency Services Available* Recovery/Support Groups*Educational Workshops For All Ages *Professional Trainings * Safe Homes * Legal, Medical and Child Advocacy

Program Description: * Individual Counseling * Domestic Violence Group For Women Only * Housing Advocacy

Violence Recovery Program
*Serving gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender victims of domestic violence, and all services are confidential. If you're feeling trapped, or if you're just questioning your safety in your current relationship, we can help.

Womansplace Crisis Center (WCC)
Program Description: WCC is a non-profit organization that provides services to survivors of domestic violence, child sexual assault, and rape. Services Include: * Emergency Shelter * Legal Advocacy * 24 Hour Hotline*Crisis Intervention at Area Hospitals * Counseling and Support Groups * Counseling on Elderly Abuse (Individual and Support Groups) * Community Outreach


Links to a number of online articles from various perspectives addressing issues of domestic violence among Muslims and in Islamic texts.

Kamran Memnon article, previously published in Islamic Horizons.

“Domestic Violence: A Muslim Response” contains other short articles and tips.