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Crime Victim and Domestic Violence Resources

Discussion in 'United States' started by Imamazed, Apr 19, 2015.

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  1. Imamazed

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    Coping with Crime

    Anyone can become a victim of a crime. If it happens to you or someone you love, here are some important points to remember:

    Being a victim of a crime can be a very difficult and stressful experience. While most people are naturally resilient and over time will find ways to cope and adjust, there can be a wide range of after effects to a trauma. One person may experience many of the effects, a few, or none at all. Not everyone has the same reaction. In some people the reaction may be delayed days, weeks, or even months. Some victims may think they are “going crazy,” when they are having a normal reaction to an abnormal event.

    Getting back to normal can be a difficult process after a personal experience of this kind, especially for victims of violent crime and families of murder victims. Learning to understand and feel more at ease with the intense feelings can help victims better cope with what happened.

    Victims may need to seek help from friends, family, a member of the clergy, a counselor, or a victim assistance professional.
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    Love is Respect

    Our trained peer advocates are available 24/7/365 to offer education, support and advocacy to teens and young adults, as well as their concerned friends and family members, who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships. We also provide information about dating abuse to service providers, counselors, teachers and members of law enforcement.

    Peer advocates can connect you to resources in your area, provide you with helpful websites, help you create a plan to stay safe or just listen to your concerns. All conversations with peer advocates via phone, chat or text are free and confidential. You will never be asked for your name or other contact information, but an advocate may ask for your age and city to find local resources for you.

    Breakup Violence: Resources for Teens and Parents

    Breakup violence among teens is a crime that has no zip code. It's urban, suburban, and rural. A relationship ends and what happens is an emotional surge of uncontrollable anger. It can be verbal or physical and sometimes, as in the case of Wayland, Mass., teen Lauren Astley, it can end in death.

    The statistics are startling. Researchers estimate that one in three young adults between the ages of 14 and 20 has experienced some form of dating violence. "Of teenagers who are in abusive relationships, 3 percent will tell an authority figure, 6 percent will tell a family member, but 75 percent will tell a friend - that's why we focus on kids," former Middlesex County, Mass., District Attorney Gerry Leone tells "48 Hours".


    National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474

    National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) | 1-800-787-3224 [TTY]

    National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

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    Roar For Good

    Athena is a simple device with a big mission - to protect women with the touch of a button. Once pressed, it emits a loud alarm and messages friends & family with your current GPS location.
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    Federal Bureau of Investigation - Internet Crime Complaint Center

    The IC3 accepts online Internet crime complaints from either the actual victim or from a third party to the complainant. We can best process your complaint if we receive accurate and complete information from you. Therefore, we request you provide the following information when filing a complaint:

    Victim's name, address, telephone, and email
    Financial transaction information (e.g., account information, transaction date and amount, who received the money)
    Subject's name, address, telephone, email, website, and IP address
    Specific details on how you were victimized
    Email header(s)
    Any other relevant information you believe is necessary to support your complaint
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    Talking to a child who has been abused

    One thing that many people do not know about abused children is that they often love the person who is hurting them. This is very hard to believe but it is true. This happens because the person who is abusing them is often someone they know well and trust a lot. Children are therefore hesitant to reveal that they are being abused because they fear that they will get the person into trouble if they do so. Another reason for children not wanting to disclose abuse is that many times they have been frightened or threatened by the abuser.

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    Addiction and Domestic Violence

    Addiction affects millions of lives each year; not only does the individual who is battling the addiction suffer, but their families often do, as well. In some cases, alcohol and drug addiction can be linked to domestic violence, which can be physical, mental, emotional, or sexual in nature. According to the American Society for Addiction Medicine, substance abuse is present in up to 60% of all intimate partner violence cases in the U.S. Not only that, but the domestic violence itself often facilitates substance abuse in the victim.

    It’s a difficult topic to discuss, in part because many victims are in fear for their lives and believe that talking about the abuse they’ve suffered will only garner more violence. However, it’s important to understand the links between domestic abuse and addiction, not just for the victims, but for the abuser as well.

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    When It’s Time To Go

    Walking out the door and away from an abuser—or kicking an abusive partner out the door, if so inclined—is seldom as easy as it sounds. Abusers thrive on power and control, and having their victim leave them is the ultimate loss of control. Hence, abusers will often make it as difficult as possible for survivors to extricate themselves.

    But, it is possible. Leaving an abuser can be the most empowering—and life-saving—decision a survivor can make for themselves and any children involved. When you're ready, the key to leaving safely is preparation, and that starts with a safety plan.

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    Staying Safe Before and After Leaving Abuse

    Safety planning is a crucial step for someone involved in an abusive relationship. These practical plans can help you stay safe while you are still with your abuser, as you prepare to leave, and after the relationship has ended. While still in an abusive relationship, your safety is of primary importance.

    RDAP can help you create a personal safety plan — a path to safety and freedom from domestic violence. Call our hotline at 308-534-3495 for information and help.

    RDAP has also compiled some general safety suggestions from plans distributed by domestic violence coalitions from around the country. Following these suggestions is not a guarantee of safety, but could help to improve your safety situation. Click the links below or scroll down to learn more.

    12 Steps to Protect Your Finances When Leaving an Abusive Relationship

    About 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience severe intimate partner violence in their lifetime, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

    Domestic violence and abuse comes in many forms, whether it’s physical, emotional, psychological or sexual — but it can also be financial. Likely, it’s some mix of these, but not always all of them.

    Of those who experience violence, 98% also experience financial abuse.

    “Like all abuse, financial abuse takes a lot of forms, but it’s all controlling behavior; power and control,” explains Casey Harden, interim CEO of the YWCA USA. “Imagine tightening the reins on the financial condition of the home, so that there’s limited options.”

    Abusive partners may leave you out of major decisions and purchase a home that’s well out of your family’s budget, for example. They may run up credit card debt without their partner’s knowledge or input, lie about paying bills or damage valuable property.

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    Domestic Violence Against Men: Know the Signs

    Domestic violence against men isn't always easy to identify, but it can be a serious threat. Know how to recognize if you're being abused — and how to get help.

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    A New App Helps Domestic Violence Victims Collect the Evidence Needed to Charge Their Abusers

    Sheri Kurdakul is a domestic violence survivor, so she knows how hard it can be to prove the systematic nature of abuse: often by the time someone gathers the courage to report their abuser, they're trying to remember details of events that are months or years old. This can make it challenging to build a case against abusers and, unfortunately, many domestic violence cases are dismissed as a result, including 80% of cases in one state. To help make it easier for victims to document abuse, Kurdakul has created an app called VictimsVoice, which records incidences of abuse in a way that's safe, secure, and legally admissible. "What did you have for lunch 10 days ago? What was the weather like? Can you remember without looking at your calendar?" she asks. "If you cannot recall this, then how is a victim supposed to remember something that happened when they are trying to stay safe, protect their kids and pets — months, even years in the past? That’s the problem we solve."

    Statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence highlight the challenges victims face when they want to prosecute their abusers. Although domestic partner violence makes up 15% of all violent crime, only one-third of those injured by their partner seek medical treatment, leaving many victims without documentation of their abuse. Because of fear about the consequences of leaving a partner, or because abusers may seem apologetic about their "loss of control," many victims also don't report incidents to police — and even when they do, law enforcement may treat the situation as a "domestic dispute" rather than an assault. As a result, lack of evidence can be a major challenge for prosecuting domestic abuse cases; a recent study in New Jersey, for example, showed that 8 in 10 domestic violence cases were dismissed.

    Kurdakul was inspired to create her app after watching her daughter work on an anti-bullying app for a science fair project in 2016. "It never occurred to me that you could use technology to solve problems like this," she recalls. The Princeton, New Jersey resident decided to create an app that would allow victims of abuse to document incidents in case they want to pursue legal action in future. The app asks a series of open-ended questions about each incident, and allows users to upload photos of injuries, as well as rape kit or physical exam details. Then, all of the data is encrypted and stored off-device, so that even if the abuser damages or takes a victim's phone, the information is safe. Since users can't modify entries after recording them, the app also meets strict legal standards that allow the information to be used in court.
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