For information on recognizing domestic violence and safety planning, please see our section Safety Planning

Harrell Center Report

The annual Harrell Center Report highlights our latest news and updates.

Violence Against Women

The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women
The mission of the Violence Against Women Network (VAWnet), the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women, is to harness and use electronic communication technology to end violence against women.

Office on Violence Against Women
This website from the U.S. Department of Justice has tip sheets, hotlines and public awareness videos, as well as great links for resources.

Child Maltreatment

Child Abuse Council
Since 1977, the Child Abuse Council in Tampa, Florida, has been working towards its mission to stop abuse that is occurring, prevent abuse before it occurs and rebuild the child and family after abuse. Through their programs, parents receive hands-on training, support and the information needed to face the many challenges and pleasures of raising healthy, happy and well adjusted children.

National Center for Children Exposed to Violence
It is the mission of the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence to increase the capacity of individuals and communities to reduce the incidence and impact of violence on children and families; to train and support the professionals who provide intervention and treatment to children and families affected by violence; and, to increase professional and public awareness of the effects of violence on children, families, communities and society.

Child Abuse Prevention Network
The Child Abuse Prevention Network is the Internet Nerve Center for professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect. Child maltreatment, physical abuse, psychological maltreatment, neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse and neglect are our key areas of concern. We provide unique and powerful tools for all workers to support the identification, investigation, treatment, adjudication, and prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Child Welfare League of America
CWLA is an association of nearly 800 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist more than 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a range of services.

Child Abuse Prevention Services
Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) is a not for profit, volunteer organization founded in 1982 to respond to the growing problem of child abuse and neglect.

Child Witness to Violence Project
The Child Witness to Violence Project (CWVP) is a counseling, advocacy, and outreach project that targets young children who witness violence.

How to Report Child Abuse
Provided by The Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services. Toll free child abuse phone numbers included.

National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect
The mission of the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN) is to facilitate the secondary analysis of research data relevant to the study of child abuse and neglect.

The Children's Bureau
The oldest federal agency for children, the Children's Bureau (CB) is located within the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families. It is responsible for assisting States in the delivery of child welfare services - services designed to protect children and strengthen families.

Elder Mistreatment

National Center on Elder Abuse
The objectives of the National Center on Elder Abuse are to perform clearinghouse functions, develop and disseminate information, provide training and technical assistance, and conduct research and demonstration projects of national significance.

The National Council on Aging
An association of more than 7,500 members -- organizations and individuals -- who work with, for, and on behalf of older persons.

Rape/Sexual Assault

National Clearinghouse on Marital and Date Rape
Our mission is to bring about social, legal, political, psychological, economic, and religious change through our vast resource network of information and support, in order to make intimate relationships truly egalitarian.

Club Drugs
A service of the National Institute on Drug Abuse that provides information on many date rape drugs.

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
RAINN offers a toll-free hot line for victims of sexual abuse - seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Abuse and Advice: an Online Resource Guide on Domestic Violence

Sexual Abuse Treatment

Sexual Abuse Prevention
The Federal Bureau of Prisons

Public Health Sexual Abuse


USF Center for Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention
Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention empowers survivors of crime, violence or abuse and prevents victimization by promoting the restoration of decision making and control to survivors, by advocating for their rights and honoring their experiences, and through education and collaboration, fostering a safe university community that respects the rights and dignity of all.

If you are a USF student and know someone who may be a victim please call the Crime Victim Helpline: 813-974-5757 offers a Special Assistance Program to USF students who may be suffering from addiction. connects people to top rehab centers near them.


Addiction Center
The Addiction Center is an online resource providing information on various chemical dependencies and helps answer questions on treatment options and strategies. The goal is to guide individuals struggling with addiction to find the moment of clarity and make the decision to take control of their lives once again.

Same Sex Relationships

Domestic Violence in Gay and Lesbian Relationships
This site provides information on healthy gay relationships, as well as information on domestic violence in gay and lesbian relationships.

Community United Against Violence
Community United Against Violence (CUAV) is a multicultural organization working to end violence against and within our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) communities.


Institute for Women's Policy Research
A public policy research organization dedicated to informing and stimulating  the debate on public policy issues of critical importance to  women and their families.

Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program
The mission of the Florida GAL Program is to advocate for the best interest of children in judicial proceedings. The Florida GAL Program recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers to represent the best interests of children.

National Organization for Victim Assistance
National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) is a national advocate in support of victim rights and services. The purpose or this organization is to provide direct services to victims, and to be an educational resource and support to victim assistance professionals.

National Children's Advocacy Center
A non-profit agency providing prevention, intervention, and treatment services to physically and sexually abused children and their families, within a child-focused team approach.

Victims' Advocacy Program - University of South Florida
The University of South Florida is committed to providing you with the best education in the safest possible environment. However, despite our best efforts acts of violence and abuse still occur, often from someone you know.

Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence works towards ending violence through public awareness, policy development, and support for Florida's domestic violence centers. Serving Florida's 41 domestic violence centers, FCADV runs Florida's toll-free domestic violence hotline (1-800-500-1119), maintains a resource library, and develops posters, brochures, safety plans, and other resources.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The Mission of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is to organize for collective power by advancing transformative work, thinking and leadership of communities and individuals working to end the violence in our lives.

The National Family Justice Center Alliance
The National Family Justice Center Alliance is a rapidly evolving coalition of Family Justice Centers across the United States.  The ultimate vision is to create a network of Family Justice Centers with close working relationships, shared training and technical assistance, collaborative learning processes, and coordinated funding assistance.

Amnesty International
Amnesty International is concerned solely with the protection of human rights involved in each case, regardless of either the ideology of the government or the beliefs of the victims.

Center for Women's Global Leadership
The Center for Women's Global Leadership seeks to develop an understanding of the ways in which gender affects the exercise of power and the conduct of public policy internationally.

Family Violence Prevention Fund
The Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) has worked to end violence against women and children around the world. Instrumental in developing the landmark Violence Against Women Act passed by Congress in 1994, the FVPF has continued to break new ground by reaching new audiences including men and youth, promoting leadership within communities to ensure that violence prevention efforts become self-sustaining, and transforming the way health care providers, police, judges, employers and others address violence.

Legal Resources

Domestic Violence Screening Tool
Materials developed by the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence for attorneys to screen for domestic violence.

Child Custody
Law materials provided by Cornell Law School

Children's Rights Council
The Children's Rights Council is a national non-profit organization based in Washington, DC that works to assure children meaningful and continuing contact with both their parents and extended family regardless of the parents' marital status.

Model Code on Domestic and Family Violence
The Model Code on Domestic and Family violence was completed in 1994 and represents the state of the art in domestic violence legislation and policy in the United States.

Art & Poetry on Domestic Violence

Silent Witness National Initiative
Originating in Minnesota, this is a traveling exhibit of free-standing, life-sized red wooden figures, each bearing the name of a woman murdered by someone she knew.

The Clothesline Project
The Clothesline Project provides an opportunity for women to bear witness to their personal experience of violence, and celebrate their transformation from victim to survivor in a powerful statement of solidarity.

Community Collaborative

Safe & Sound Hillsborough
The Hillsborough County Community Violence Prevention Collaborative is an initiative to transform how local policy makers address violence.

Connect with Safe & Sound through their Facebook Page.