Sexual and domestic violence are against the law regardless of your immigration status. Call the Helpline for local resources that can help.
HopeWorks recognizes that survivors who are immigrants face bias, discrimination and sometimes violence when they try to access support and resources. We believe that everyone who needs our services deserves our compassion and respect and we will work to advocate with other systems and service providers on our clients’ behalf. We also value partner agencies who provide specialized services to foreign-born survivors.
The Women’s Law Center – Multi-Ethnic Domestic Violence Project
The Multi-Ethnic Domestic Violence Project (MEDOVI) provides pro bono immigration legal services to Maryland residents who are foreign born victims of domestic violence, human sex trafficking, intimate partner stalking or sexual assault.
FIRN – Foreign Born Information and Referral Network (Columbia and Laurel)
The Foreign-born Information and Referral Network Inc. (FIRN) is a nonprofit organization that empowers immigrants, refugees, asylees, and other foreign-born individuals by helping them access community resources and opportunities. FIRN Provides legal assistance with Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions.
HopeWorks recognizes that LGBTQ people face bias, discrimination, and sometimes violence when they try to access support and resources. We believe that everyone who needs our services deserves our compassion and respect and we will work to advocate with other systems and service providers on our clients’ behalf. We also value partner agencies who provide specialized services to LGBTQ survivors.
The National Coalition of Anti Violence Programs
AVP provides free and confidential assistance to thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected (LGBTQH) people each year from all five boroughs of New York City through direct client services and community organizing and public advocacy.
GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project
The Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project is a grassroots, non-profit organization founded by a gay male survivor of domestic violence and developed through the strength, contributions and participation of the community.
Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse
Northwest Network works to end violence and abuse by building loving and equitable relationships in communities and across the country.
CUAV (Community United Against Violence)
CUAV works to build the power of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) communities to transform violence and oppression.
The Network la Red
The Network/La Red is a survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, BDSM, polyamorous and queer communities.
As any parent knows, it can be difficult to communicate with your teen, especially when it comes to a sensitive topic like dating violence. Perhaps you’re not quite sure what to say, or maybe your teen doesn’t seem to want to talk about it.
Whatever stage you and your teen are going through in discussing and learning about dating violence — whether you want to teach them about healthy relationships for the future, or you’re concerned with a relationship they are currently in and want to give them advice — there are plenty of helpful resources.
A project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and Break the Cycle, loveisrespect is the ultimate resource for advice and info on healthy dating. Its mission is to empower youth and young adults to prevent and end abusive relationships. Peer advocates can be reached 24/7 via phone, online chat, or text (“loveis” to 22522).
That’s Not Cool
“Where do you draw your digital line?” Teens can learn about dating abuse and online safety through videos, games, and downloads they can share with friends.
Boys Town works to reunite children with their families when possible, or give them the skills and foundation needed to build a life on their own. They strive to help every child, “from those who may simply be struggling or in doubt to those who are in need of the most severe behavioral care.”
National Runaway Safeline
If you’re thinking about leaving home, or you have and are seeking information and help, the Safeline is one of the top resources for runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth and their families.
Trevor Project is the national crisis lifeline for LGBTQ teens and adults. They have suicide prevention services for youth in digital spaces, counseling via IM, and a large online social network for LGBTQ people.
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Launched by Vice President Joe Biden, this initiative uses technology and outreach to spread knowledge about dating violence and sexual assault among teens and young adults.
In addition to information about healthy and unhealthy relationships, TeenWire has resources about everything from body image to sexual health.
Northwest is a network founded by and for LGBTQ survivors, focused on safety, support and empowerment.
A Thin Line
A Thin Line is an MTV campaign created to empower teens to identify, respond to, and stop the spread of digital abuse.
Break the Silence: Stop the Violence
In “Break The Silence: Stop the Violence,” parents talk with teens about developing healthy, respectful relationships before they start dating.
Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention
This 60-minute, interactive training is designed to help educators, youth-serving organizations and others working with teens understand the risk factors and warning signs associated with teen dating violence.