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Violence Against Women

If you're a victim of abuse or violence at the hands of someone you know or love, or you are recovering from an assault by a stranger, you are not alone.

To get immediate help and support
call the National Domestic Violence Hotline
at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

or the National Sexual Assault Hotline
at 1-800-656-4673.
You can also visit the
National Sexual Assault Online Hotline.

Violence and abuse affect all kinds of people every day. It doesn't matter what race or culture you come from, how much money you have, how old you are, or if you have a disability. Violence does not discriminate.

Abuse can be physical, mental, and emotional. Violence against women in any form is a crime, whether the abuser is a family member; someone you date; a current or past spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend; an acquaintance; or a stranger. You are not at fault. You did not cause the abuse to occur. If you or someone you know has been sexually, physically, or emotionally abused, seek help from other family members and friends or community organizations. Talk with a health care provider, especially if you have been physically hurt. Learn how to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of sexual assault or sexual abuse before you find yourself in an uncomfortable or threatening situation. One important part of getting help is knowing if you are in an abusive relationship. Sometimes it can be hard to admit that you are in an abusive relationship. But, there are clear signs to help you know if you are being abused.

This specialty page will provide you with information on all types of violence against women, including specific resources and information on how to get help.

If you’re in an abusive relationship, be careful when using the Internet.

Your computer use can be tracked. It is impossible to fully erase the web sites you have visited. If you think someone is tracking your computer use, please use a safer computer. You may be able to use a friend's computer or a computer at your local library.

Additional Information on Violence Against Women:


  1. Are you Being Abused? (Copyright © ACOG) - This simple true-false quiz helps victims and those who care about them identify the signs of abuse. It encourages victims to seek assistance and gives helpful phone numbers to call.

  2. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Violence Against Women Webpage - This web page provides a list of domestic violence resources as well as their recommendation to physicians about intimate partner violence screening tools.

  3. VictimLaw (Copyright © National Center for Victims of Crime) - VictimLaw has been designed as a comprehensive, user-friendly, on-line database of victims' rights statutes, tribal laws, constitutional amendments, court rules, administrative code provisions, and case summaries of related court decisions that meets the needs of a wide variety of users with different levels of substantive and technological expertise. Such ready access to information can advance the cause of crime victims' rights by facilitating the exercise, implementation, and enforcement of those rights.


  1. Federal resource  Choose Respect, HHS, CDC
  2. Federal resource  Office for Victims of Crime
  3. Federal resource  Office on Violence Against Women, OJP, DOJ
  5. National Center for Victims of Crime
  6. National Domestic Violence Hotline

Federal resource = Indicates Federal Resources

Content last updated September 1, 2007.

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