Family Advocacy Resources
The Strengthening Families and Communities: 2013 Resource Guide provides the latest resources on child abuse prevention, protecting children from risk of abuse, and strengthening families. It includes information on supporting families, protective factors, public awareness, community activities, positive parenting, prevention programs, and more.
Collaborating for Safety: Coordinating the Military and Civilian Response to Domestic Violence The Battered Women's Justice Project hosts the Military Advocacy Resource Network, a project funded by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to provide technical assistance, resources, and support for all advocates, military and civilian, who serve military and veteran families and work with victims of domestic violence/sexual assault/stalking and dating violence perpetrated by military personnel or veterans.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - HHS is the US government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. HHS is the largest grant-making agency in the federal government with more than 300 programs that address issues concerning children, youth, and families.
- Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Within the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), ACF is the key agency administering programs related to the prevention, intervention, treatment, and placement of abused and neglected children. Within ACF, the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) oversees the major federal programs that support social services promoting the positive growth and development of children, youth, and their families The Children's Bureau is located with ACYF and is responsible for helping states deliver child welfare services.
- National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information - This HHS website includes information on reporting suspected child abuse and neglect; intake, investigation, and assessment of reports; case management; responding to child fatalities; and responding to families affected by child neglect, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and substance abuse.
- National Maternal and Child Health Clearinghouse - This HHS website provides information on programs that promote and improve the health of mothers, infants, children, and adolescents to include low-income families, those with diverse racial and ethnic heritages, and those living in rural or isolated areas without access to care.
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) - The CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention, provides child maltreatment and intimate partner violence prevention information and resources. Visit the Child Maltreatment Prevention and Intimate Partner Violence websites for publications, articles, news, data and research statistics, prevention resources, educational resources and more.
Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women - This website provides a listing of state and national resources and hotlines for victims of domestic abuse.
The Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) - FVPF works to end domestic violence and help women and children who have been affected by abuse. Website resources include information on public education efforts, healthcare and domestic violence, workplace violence, and issues specifically impacting battered immigrant women. The Fund also operates the Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, which provides technical assistance, training, and materials to those interested in developing a comprehensive healthcare response to domestic violence in healthcare settings.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) via their Office of Women's Health portal offers FREE emotional wellness tools via the Bright Futures for Women's Health and Wellness Initiative. Scroll down under Emotional Wellness Tools to locate the guides targeting either healthcare providers, young women, or women of all ages.
These guides can be downloaded, copied and used during home visits, if appropriate, and include tips for broaching sensitive topics, worksheets to stimulate thoughtful reflection, and offer ideas for building and sustaining emotional wellness.
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau, another division of HRSA, provides links to Depression During and After Pregnancy, a Resource for Women, Their Family, and Friends. A FREE printer-friendly Perinatal Depression Booklet can be found at the top of the page.
MilitaryINSTALLATIONS - This resource provides contact information for programs and services, maps and directions, links to comprehensive location overviews, and community points of interest for military installations worldwide. Contact information for installation FAPs, New Parent Support Programs, and Victim Advocate Services can be found on this site.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network Website
Military Children and Families: Programs and Projects. The page contains all the latest news and resources from the Uniformed Services University Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) and links to the Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE), the UCLA Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS) program, and the Family - Informed Trauma Treatment Center (FITT) Center.
National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) - NDAA is a nationwide, interdisciplinary resource center for research and development, technical assistance, training and publications for the prosecutorial profession. The National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse is an NDRI program that serves as a central resource for training, expert legal assistance, court reform, and state-of-the-art information on criminal child abuse investigations and prosecutions.
National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) "THE HOTLINE"- (1-800-799-SAFE or 1-800-799-7233) NDVH is an excellent resource in the civilian community for victims of domestic abuse. Hotline advocates are available twenty-four hours a day for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, and information and referrals to agencies in all fifty states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Hotline advocates provide confidential services to victims.
NDVH also offers a Teen Dating Violence Hotline, providing access to trained professionals and advocates who can provide services and support to teens, young adults, and their families.
The Safe Start Center, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), has posted electronic downloadable resources developed for responding to the needs of children exposed to domestic abuse and to raise awareness of the impact of this exposure on child development. Healing the Invisible Wounds: Children's Exposure to Violence - A Guide for Families is available in English and Spanish and is downloadable in PDF. While on the site, you can take a look at their e-Newsletter and read about the Safe Start Communities currently piloted at 15 sites. One may be near you.
Vicarious Trauma Resources
Gift from Within This international, non-profit organization provides a wide range of current resources related to post traumatic stress and vicarious trauma.
International Society For Traumatic Stress Studies This site offers a wide range of professional information related to traumatic stress.
The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome This is a link for military members and professionals working with military members who are returning from combat and war zones. The website offers a section specifically for mental health care providers. Within this section are fact sheets, links to recent research studies, and detailed information about the assessment and treatment of PTSD.
Office for Victims of Crime This is a government website from the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The Office of Victims of Crime has a wide range of resources and information for the general public as well as for practitioners in the field.
Sidran Institute The Sidran Institute is a well known non-profit, professional organization which offers a variety of resources and information related to traumatic stress.