Domestic violence is a devastating reality that affects countless individuals and families worldwide, leaving deep scars that can last a lifetime. In this article, we shed light on the exceptional nonprofit organizations (NPOs) that are dedicated to supporting and empowering domestic violence survivors on their journey to healing and independence. These organizations provide crucial resources, safe spaces, and comprehensive assistance to help survivors rebuild their lives and break the cycle of abuse.
What’s more? Each of these nonprofits has been vetted by Goodera.
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The Suzy Lamplugh Trust
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust is the UK's pioneering personal safety charity and leading stalking authority, established in 1986, following the disappearance of 25-year-old Suzy Lamplugh, an estate agent and lone worker who went to meet a client, never returned. Its mission is to reduce the risk of violence and aggression through campaigning, education, and support. Their vision is a society in which people are safer - and feel safer - from violence and aggression, and they want people to be able to live life to the full.
Disturbed by the silence of the Indian diaspora to the increasing number of gang rapes and the sheer brutality, NaariSamatā was born as a charity to work on rape prevention by teaching the youth about gender equality and respect for women. They envision an India free of sexual assault - a country where all women are empowered, and gender equality is the norm, not a privilege. Through their projects, such as Project Educate, Project Girl Power, and Online Charity Shop, they promote equality and support women in achieving their full potential.
The Grateful Garment
Country: USA, California
The Grateful Garment Project’s (TGGP) mission is to ensure that every victim of a sexual crime who crosses the threshold of a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) facility or who seeks medical attention and/or law enforcement involvement is provided with whatever new clothing, toiletries, snacks, and other miscellaneous items that they may require. We have further expanded our mission and vision to encompass all victims of sexual violence. This includes, but is not limited to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) and victims of Human Sexual Trafficking (HST)
Sonke Gender Justice
Country: South Africa
Established in 2006, Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke)` is a South African NGO that strives to prevent domestic and sexual violence, reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS and promote gender equality and human rights. Sonke recognizes that effecting sustained change to gender roles and relations requires addressing the forces that shape individual attitudes and community norms and practices – traditions, and cultures, government policies, laws and institutions, civil society organizations, the media, and the family – as well as underlying economic, political and social pressures.
Garden of Hope - NY
Country: USA, New York
Established in 2004, Garden of Hope dedicates itself to serving, caring for, and rebuilding the lives of people who have been exposed to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, specifically targeting its services toward the growing Chinese communities in the NYC region. With the vision of overcoming cultural, language, and socioeconomic barriers of the Chinese immigrant community in crisis, Garden of Hope is committed to its beliefs that human rights, dignity, and a positive self-image are essential to all individuals. All services are provided for free and in strict confidentiality.
Breaking Free, Inc.
Country: USA, Minnesota
Founded in 1996 by Vednita Carter, Breaking Free is a non-profit focusing on social justice and social change. Every year, Breaking Free helps hundreds of women escape prostitution and sexual exploitation systems through direct services. More than an organization facing an issue, we actively and directly serve the people who have been impacted by trafficking and prostitution through advocacy, housing, education, and immediate action. This includes ending the demand through Men Breaking Free.
Country: USA, New York
Womankind works with survivors of gender-based violence to rise above trauma and build a path to healing. Through the power of relationships, they strive to help survivors achieve internal harmony and develop a renewed sense of belonging. They do this through their core principles: Safety, Culture influences survivors, Holistic Wellness Practices + Interventions, Building Relationships, Community Education & Wellness.
HERA (Her Economic Rights and Autonomy)
Founded in 2005, HERA is a non-profit organization that mobilizes business and academic expertise, creativity, and resources to prevent and redress the 115 billion Pounds/annum business of human trafficking and re-trafficking. HERA works with women survivors of trafficking, conflict, exploitation, and other forms of violence. The organization also works with young women vulnerable to trafficking and re-trafficking to pursue their aspirations and ambitions for a better life.
Dubai Foundation for Women and Children
The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC) is the first licensed non-profit shelter in the UAE for women and children victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking. It was established in July 2007 to offer victims immediate protection and support services in accordance with international human rights obligations.
Gender Watch Against Violence and Exploitation (GWAVE)
GWAVE (Gender Watch Against Violence and Exploitation) is an NGO with over a decade of work on women's rights and gender equality issues, mainly providing legal and other interventions to address gender-based violence. GWAVE's mission is to promote gender awareness, feminist lawyering and enhance public knowledge about gender-based violence laws.
Country: USA, New Jersey
Safe Harbor is a sanctuary for children, communities, and individuals. They provide safe, inclusive, child-friendly, and supportive spaces to host supervised visitations and social engagement opportunities for communities experiencing separation and divorce. They provide support, programs, and referrals for individuals with domestic violence, sexual assault, and other trauma-related experiences.
Country: Ireland, Dublin
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre is a non-profit organization based in Dublin, Ireland, that provides support and assistance to women who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault. The organization recognizes the urgent need to address the traumatic impact of violence and strives to offer a safe and empowering environment for survivors to heal and rebuild their lives.
The mission of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre is to provide comprehensive support, counseling, and advocacy services to women who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault. The organization is committed to promoting a society free from sexual violence, raising awareness about the issue, and offering a compassionate response to survivors.
Country: Puerto Rico
Taller Salud is a community-based feminist organization dedicated to improving women's access to healthcare, reducing violence in community settings, and fostering economic development through education and activism. Founded in 1979, Taller Salud is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.
Women’s Education and Economic Development Society (WEEDS)
Women's Education and Economic Development Society (WEEDS) is a non-profit organization based in India, dedicated to empowering women who have experienced domestic violence and supporting their journey towards education, economic independence, and personal growth. The organization recognizes the intersectionality of gender-based violence and its impact on women's education and economic opportunities.
My Sister's House
Country: USA, California
My Sister's House serves Asians, Pacific Islanders, and other underserved women and children to recover from domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking by providing culturally appropriate and responsive haven and job training, and community services.
Dollicia F. Holloway Memorial Foundation
Country: USA, New York
The Dollicia F. Holloway Memorial Foundation is committed to servicing men, women, and children by providing advocacy and awareness to the community through the provision of informational, educational, and financial resources to survivors of domestic violence & at-risk youth. Their commitment to their community is to equip, encourage and empower so they may be able to obtain a better quality of life. Their immediate goals are to:
1. Identify relationship abuse
2. Educate survivors of Domestic Violence through intervention, awareness, and advocacy
3. Refer and connect Survivors of Domestic Violence to services appropriate to their needs
Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation
The Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation is an international human rights organization working together with survivors of conflict-related sexual violence from around the world. Drawing attention to the most shameful crimes committed during conflicts, the Foundation envisions a world in which sexual violence as a weapon of war is no longer tolerated.
Together with its special adviser, the Congolese gynecologist and women’s rights activist Dr Denis Mukwege, the Foundation works for a future where survivors worldwide receive the holistic care they need and obtain reparations; where they have the freedom to speak out and organise globally to end wartime sexual violence.
The Wise Collective
Country: South Africa
The main object of WISE is to advance the empowerment of women by challenging patriarchy through advocacy and advancing women-inspired solutions for empowerment. Their advocacy is informed by research and real-life case studies, and they seek to advance fundamental change through policy engagement with the government, the private sector, and civil society players. In addition, Wise is pioneering innovative solutions to address existing challenges for womxn to access services, including justice for survivors and victims of gender-based violence, such as the web and mobile platform currently under development for mapping services as well as for tracking cases to address the challenge of "disappearing dockets" and arbitrarily dropped charges.
Family Service Toronto Canada
Country: Canada, Ontario
For over 100 years, Family Service Toronto (FST) has been helping people who are confronted with a variety of life challenges. They assist individuals and communities through counseling, community engagement, public education programs, and advocacy work. They work with individuals, and communities destabilized by precarious mental health and/or socioeconomic circumstances, to achieve greater resilience, stability, and equity.
They achieve this through our understanding of poverty and the harmful effects of marginalization, discrimination, and oppression. They direct their energies to support individuals and communities in core service areas – community counseling and mental health, gender-based violence, and developmental disabilities. At the same time, they work to influence policy, build knowledge, strengthen communities, and advocate for system change.
Mahboba’s Promise was founded by Mahboba Rawi, an Afghan refugee and now an Australian citizen, who has experienced first-hand the effects of a country torn apart by years of war and civil unrest. With Mahboba’s intimate knowledge of Afghanistan, Mahboba’s Promise was able to respond effectively and flexibly, to directly meet the needs of the country’s orphans and widows. Since then, Mahboba's Promise has worked relentlessly to provide a sustainable future within a secure environment for disadvantaged Afghan women and children. Mahboba’s Promise enables the development of sustainable communities through being a visionary that empowers women and children to be self-sufficient leaders of tomorrow. They empower women and children to be given an opportunity by providing sustainable projects geared towards education, self-sufficiency, vocational training, health, and more.
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