Sonnet: In the Still of the Night
In the still of the night, she watched and waited.
She listened for the tires on the gravel driveway.
In the still of the night, that sound was her cue.
She would run and hide under blankets “sleeping.”
Maybe tonight he would believe and leave her alone.
Maybe in the still of the night, he wouldn’t touch her.
Just maybe tonight she could remain safe in her bed.
Tonight, in the still of the night, she prayed to God.
In the still of the night, God felt far, far, far away.
Tonight in her prayers, she begged for his help.
In the still of the night, God didn’t answer her.
When he came into her room and touched her,
she escaped in her mind to the corner ceiling.
In the still of the night, God helped her escape.
© Susan Langer
Written about childhood sexual abuse memories. SOCS sonnet.
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Here is a Domestic Violence Resource List for the United States which I researched and found to be credible websites with valuable information about Domestic Abuse and Violence, Family Abuse and Violence. I encourage anyone who is being abused to start with the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The 1st resource listed) and also search for local resources in your area of the United States. If you are from another country, search for local resources for Domestic Violence and Abuse.
For nearly 20 years, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has been the vital link to safety for women, men, children and families affected by domestic violence. With the help of our dedicated advocates and staff, we respond to calls 24/7, 365 days a year.
We provide confidential, one-on-one support to each caller and chatter, offering crisis intervention, options for next steps and direct connection to sources for immediate safety. Our database holds over 5,000 agencies and resources in communities all across the country. Bilingual advocates are on hand to speak with callers, and our Language Line offers translations in 170+ different languages.
911 for Women~
State and national hotlines and safe houses for battered women and their children.
Find local and national rape crisis centers, sexual assault education networks, and hotlines.
Learn how to identify sexual harassment and what you can do to stop it.
OUR MISSIONThe National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is the voice of victims and survivors. We are the catalyst for changing society to have zero tolerance for domestic violence. We do this by effecting public policy, increasing understanding of the impact of domestic violence, and providing programs and education that drive that change.
Since 1993 the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) has been a comprehensive source of information for those wanting to educate themselves and help others on the many issues related to domestic violence.
Today, through its many key initiatives such as VAWnet, the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, the Domestic Violence Evidence Project, and Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence, NRCDV works tirelessly to improve community response to domestic violence and, ultimately, prevent its occurrence. Our comprehensive technical assistance, training and resource development are just a few examples of the many ways in which NRCDV broadly serves those dedicated to ending domestic violence in relationships and communities.
Family Violence Prevention & Services Resource Centers
The Domestic Violence Resource Network (DVRN) is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to inform and strengthen domestic violence intervention and prevention efforts at the individual, community and societal levels.
The DVRN works collaboratively to promote practices and strategies to improve our nation’s response to domestic violence and make safety and justice not just a priority, but also a reality. DVRN member agencies ensure that victims of domestic violence, advocates, community-based programs, educators, legal assistance providers, law enforcement and court personnel, health care providers, policy makers and government leaders at the local, state, tribal and federal levels have access to up-to-date information on best practices, policies, research and victim resources.
The DVRN includes two national resource centers, four special issue resource centers, three culturally-specific Institutes, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Resources by state on violence against women
Below is a list of resources for women who have experienced abuse.
If you do not find your state in this list, please contact theNational Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) for assistance in locating programs in your area. You can reach the NDVH at 800-799-SAFE (7233) or TDD 800-787-3224.
Organizations are listed by state. The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are also included. Click on any state name to jump to its organizations. Click any organization name for program and contact information.
Intimate Partner Violence
The goal is to stop IPV before it begins. There is a lot to learn about how to prevent IPV. We do know that strategies that promote healthy behaviors in relationships are important. Programs that teach young people skills for dating can prevent violence. These programs can stop violence in dating relationships before it occurs.
Use this list as a resource for you or any of your friends or family that are experiencing Domestic Abuse or Domestic Violence. For those who live outside of the US I suggest you do and internet search with your favorite search engine and use the same entry I used but for your country.
Domestic Abuse resources US on https://www.google.com