Anti-Sexual Violence Organizations
Local, Regional, National
In this section we provide you with a list of local, regional, and national organizations that address sexual and gender-based violence. They give you information about political activities or campaigns against sexual violence on all levels of society. They also make accessible a variety of educational material.
Love & Protect is a volunteer-led and volunteer-run grassroots effort. Members are individuals working through an abolitionist framework who have affiliations with various projects and organizations across Chicago. Love & Protect supports women, transgender, and gender nonconforming people of color criminalized or harmed by state and interpersonal violence. Through love, Love & Protect works towards healing and transformation of individuals and their families, through resistance, it seeks to protect their right to defend themselves.
Healing to Action advances a worker-led movement to end gender violence and envisions worker leaders creating safe, just workplaces and stable economic futures. Healing to Action was created by two of the founders of the Coalition Against Workplace Sexual Violence (CAWSV) that brings labor rights and anti-rape activists together to create a stronger, more inclusive strategy to fight sexual violence against low-wage workers. https://www.facebook.com/cawsv.chicago
The Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) http://icasa.org/
(ICASA) works together with 29 community-based sexual assault crisis centers to end sexual violence. Each center provides 24-hour crisis intervention services, counseling and advocacy for victims of sexual assault and their significant others. Each of these centers provides educational programs in Illinois schools and communities about how to prevent sexual violence.
The Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV)
ICADV envisions a statewide community committed to exposing the root causes of domestic abuse and ensuring safety for families by supporting the voice of all survivors. The coalition provides links to a diversity of state-wide coalitions to end sexual violence, with brief descriptions that indicate their particular focus, what kinds of services they provide, or actions they engage in.
Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Gender-Based Violence www.api-gbv.org
The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence is a national resource center on domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, and other forms of gender violence in Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Its vision of gender democracy drives its mission to strengthen culturally-relevant advocacy, promote prevention and community engagement, influence public policy and systems change, and prevent gender violence through movement-building and community transformation.
Casa de Esperanza is a leader in the domestic violence movement and a national resource center for organizations working with Latin@s in the United States. Casa de Esperanza is also committed to becoming a greater resource to organizations and communities in the areas of sexual assault and trafficking.
INCITE! addresses violence against women of color and trans/queer people of color. Incite! sees women living in the dangerous intersections of sexism and racism, as well as other oppression. Violence against women of color connects violence directed at communities, such as police violence, criminalization, and colonialism, and violence within communities, such as rape and domestic violence.
FUTURES is a health and social justice organization with the mission to heal those among us who are traumatized by violence today – and to create a future of healthy families and communities that are free of domestic violence, child abuse, bullying and sexual assault. Futures also has programs, policy development, and public action campaigns designed to prevent and end violence against women and children around the world. FUTURES is also pioneering collaborations among anti-violence advocates, unions, service providers, worker associations, employers, and more to forge innovative solutions to address the vulnerability of low-wage workers to experiencing violence, both at home and at work, and create safer and more supportive workplaces for all. https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/workplace- safety-equity/
National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities (NLN) www.nationallatinonetwork.org
NLN is a national institute addressing domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in Latin@ communities. Working both domestically and internationally, the NLN wants to increase access to resources for Latin@s experiencing violence; provide training and tools for professionals and community advocates; conduct culturally relevant research; and advocate for public policy based on the lived realities of Latin@s.
National LGBTQ Institute on IPV (Intimate Partner Violence) www.nwnetwork.org
The National LGBTQ Institute on IPV holds LGBTQ survivors at the center, thereby increasing the domestic violence field’s capacity to provide domestic violence advocacy and prevention for diverse LGBTQ communities. Because LGBTQ people live in every state and tribal nation, are part of every ethnic and cultural group, and face all the challenges of surviving domestic abuse, the Institute collaborates with members of the Domestic Violence Resource Network, state coalitions and regional organizations to ensure support is available to communities nationwide. Informed by a deep regard and respect for the shared history of anti-violence work in the DV and LGBTQ movements, the National LGBTQ Institute identifies commonalities, strengths and opportunities for learning across fields.
The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) http://www.niwrc.org/
NIWEC is a Native organization created to serve as the National Indian Resource Center (NIRC) for addressing Domestic Violence and Safety for Indian Women. NIWRC offers trainings, networking, toolkits, resources and culturally relevant responses to intimate partner and gender violence and promotes the leadership of Indigenous programs serving their communities. With additional circles of the anti- violence movement, NIWRC is dedicated to grassroots and policy advocacy, prevention, education, research activities, program development, raising public awareness, events sharing, offender accountability and traditional interventions of healthy relationships, justice on and off-tribal lands designed by and for Native Women based on their trial beliefs and practices.
National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA) http://sisterslead.org/
SCESA is an advocacy organization of Women of Color dedicated to working with local and national communities to create a just society in which all Women of Color are able to live healthy lives free of violence. SCESA wants to give voice and develop action strategies that incorporate and address the experiences and realities of Women of Color and Communities of Color. SCEA provides many resources for communities of color that organize against sexual assault.
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) https://www.nrcdv.org/
NRCDV is a comprehensive source of information for those wanting to educate themselves and help others on the many issues related to domestic violence. The Center explicitly stands with the most vulnerable survivors with limited access to services and protection, including individuals and groups who have been targeted, degraded, threatened, or marginalized because they are Native Americans, people of color, immigrants, women, Muslims, LGBTQ, or people with disabilities.
Janitors, restaurant workers, hotel workers, farmworkers and many others are determined to put an end to sexual harassment and violence in their workplaces. Our Turn, convened by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH), supports low-wage and vulnerable workers who are uniting to win dignity and respect on the job. We are bringing those at risk together with community, labor and academic allies to STOP abuse in the workplace.
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) https://www.rainn.org/
RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country. RAINN also operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. Its websites provides information regarding types of sexual assault, its effects, and how to recover and prevent future violence.
S&P acknowledges that for many survivors the experiences of domestic violence, rape, and other forms of gender violence are bound up with systems of incarceration and police violence. It works towards de-criminalizing efforts to survive domestic and sexual violence, supporting and freeing criminalized survivors, and abolishing gender violence, policing, prisons, and deportations. It provides educational videos telling stories of criminalized survivors ad grassroots efforts to free them. It also provides a toolkit for survivor defense.
Ujima, Inc, the National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community www.ujimacommunity.org
Ujima,Inc is a national resource center that address domestic, sexual and community violence, while developing an active approach to ending violence against women in the Black community. The name Ujima , Inc refers to the Kwanzaa Principle of “Ujima,” which means Collective Work and Responsibility. This principle is critical to addressing violence against Black women in the United States. Ujima, Inc. works to mobilize the black community and allies to strengthen families, recognizing that the safety and viability of our families is connected to the health and well-being of our individual neighborhoods and communities at large. The black community ncludes African-Americans (descendants of slaves in the U.S.), African immigrants, Afro-Caribbeans, and Afro-Latinos/as.
Workplaces Respond provides resources, training, and technical assistance to employers, survivors, co-workers, and advocates to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual harassment & violence, trafficking, and stalking impacting the workplace.