Sometimes the time it takes to react from a tragedy, could sentence the result of the outcome. For victims of Domestic Violence, there is usually no one to help, and no time for sound responses when events outside of the normal realm happens in life. Therefore the reactions to violent events could be slower, or as illogical and irrational, as the violence that struck them.
The following sites have saved lives, and have, time and time again, saved millions of people from unreasonable tragedies of Domestic Violence. These links with these commentaries are honest opinions, and testimonies from victims of Domestic Violence, and are good guidelines for those who are in need of help.
Office of Women’s Health – Violence Against Women. http://www.womenshealth.gov/violence/state/
The following excerpt caught the attention of victims:
“If you’re a victim of abuse or violence at the hands of someone you know or love, or you are recovering from an assault by a stranger, you are not alone. Get immediate help and support.” – (http://www.womenshealth.gov/violence/state/)
The site above contains a plethora of important information for each state in the nation, for victims of violence to find shelter and resources. This site is designed to provide nationwide awareness for everyone, not only for those who are in need of help. This website is well developed in content, design, purpose, and function, and feasible to find from just the Yahoo or Google search engine, by typing: domestic violence.
Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence. http://www.ccadv.org/index.php
The home section of the above website, immediately directs the victim to a “GET HELP” link: http://www.ccadv.org/index.php/getting-help which shows criterias that are important in considering the steps victims should take in their reality, for prevention efforts, classes on violence prevention, and important contact information to seek help and resources.
This site will show the victim what to do, if she’s brave to leave everything behind, and explains how there should be no concerns for any monetary charges for saving her own life. Shelters are free — no fees are charged to stay. Their safety tips, are phenomenal (http://www.ccadv.org/index.php/getting-help/staying-safe), which would be obvious to everyone in search for Domestic Violence information, to notice the goal of this website, is to find safe havens for victims in Colorado, and also nationwide.
Crossroads Safehouse. http://www.crossroadssafehouse.org/
A 24/7 bilingual Toll-Free number is a comforting hope for those in the most difficult crisis of Domestic Violence: those who are under-represented with language, as a form of barrier. When resources are available for 24/7, chances are, the victim could call in the middle of the night, secretly, to seek help and escape from trauma. The purpose of this website is to help everyone from a myriad of cultural background in search of Domestic Violence resources, at anytime and anywhere, at no cost.
Women’s Shelters – A Nationwide Directory of Shelters for Women. http://www.womenshelters.org/
I, personally, searched for my potential housing from the end-bar of the website, with the words “affordable housing” as part of the Recommended Websites in the “About us” section. I highly recommend this website to victims with an internet connection, as well as for those who are searching for a safe place to live.
Along with their housing resources, this website also provides a catchy slogan with the words: We want to make it simple and easy to use for women who need help quick. Giving the message: there are others who are in need of help, faster than what is thought is an emergency!
If you still feel you are in danger, but have nowhere to go and no one to turn to, see the link below:
The National Domestic Violence Hotlinecan be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) and 800-787-3224 (TTY). Spanish and more than 170 other languages are available. When you call, you will first hear a recording and may have to hold for a minute. Hotline staff offer crisis intervention and referrals. If requested, they connect you to shelters and other services and can send out written information.