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Four women and five children die every day in the U.S. due to domestic violence. Read President Barack Obama's Presidential Proclamation announcing his commitment to reducing the prevalence of domestic violence in our country.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Stop Abuse For Everyone, a SAFE online support group with a multitude of domestic violence resources

I just came upon the web site of a wonderful human rights organization that offers unique services for all victims of domestic violence. It is called SAFE, (Stop Abuse For Everyone), is based in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and has been around since 1996. It is especially geared towards helping those domestic violence victims who typically fall through the cracks of domestic violence services and the legal system.

What's unusual is that SAFE provides an online support group as well as a lengthy list of online resources. It's easy to find the state or country where you're located and with one click you can find a seemingly endless listing of domestic violence resources and organizations in your area. One organization that the SAFE web site refers to is www.womenslaw.org, that provides very helpful legal information on how to file an Order of Protection (restraining order) and how they work. This is a great resource that I wish I'd known about last March when I filed my Order of Protection.

SAFE's online support group gives domestic violence victims the opportunity to easily participate in a forum with other victims and survivors. The support group is a safe place to reach out to others, share experiences and find a wealth of support. In the online forum, there are all kinds of domestic violence-related discussions going on, such as dealing with verbal abuse, how to move on after an abusive relationship, dealing with the shame of being abused by your husband, how to support your husband through his anger management issues, and lots more. It's helpful to have online conversations on domestic violence issues all in one place.

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