Mission: To be the voice of victims and survivors and catalyze change that leads to zero tolerance of domestic violence.
About the Organization: Founded in 1983, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence envisions a society in which domestic violence is no longer tolerated, victims and survivors are empowered, and abusers are held accountable. In the United States, one in five women and one in seven men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime, and every fourteen hours a woman is fatally shot by a spouse, ex-spouse, or dating partner. NCADV works to shape public policy, increase understanding of the impact of domestic violence, and provide programs and education that lead to change.
Current Programs: NCADV's programs include Remember My Name, a partnership with Ms. magazine to raise public awareness of domestic violence deaths by creating an annual national registry; policy advocacy, including national action alerts aimed at securing grassroots support for legislation that addresses domestic violence; and a Speakers Bureau comprising a database of domestic violence survivors who are available to foster community awareness and dialogue around domestic violence issues. The organization also assists survivors in need of medical treatment and/or reconstructive surgery through its Cosmetic and Reconstructive Support Program; provides free trainings for advocates and service providers around the fact that domestic violence increases a woman's risk of HIV/AIDS and an HIV/AIDS diagnosis can increase a woman's risk of domestic violence; and offers financial education workshops and materials to help victims become economically self-sufficient and/or escape a violent relationship.
Website: Visitors to the NCADV site can learn about domestic violence, look up national and state-by-state statistics, subscribe to updates, and/or take action by contacting their U.S. senator or representative. Those who find themselves in an abusive relationship, as well as their friends and family members, can learn how to get help and access resources for victims of domestic violence. Visitors to the site also can get involved by raising awareness during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, volunteering or becoming a member, or making a donation.
Funding: The National Breast Cancer Foundation is funded by foundations, corporations, and individuals.