Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives

The exhibition, from the National Library of Medicine, tells the story of nurses who changed the medical profession and dramatically improved services to victims of domestic violence in the late 20th century.

YWCA or Metro Detroit Interim House

Local Domestic Violence and Victim Resources

Wayne County Domestic Violence Victim Resource

Resources for Students and Staff of Wayne State University  

National Domestic Violence and Victim Resources

Specialized Agencies

Animal Abuse

  • National Link Coalition 856-627-5118 is a coalition of professionals who see animal abuse as "the tip of the iceberg" and often the first sign of other family and community violence. They call this interconnectedness of different forms of violence The Link.

Dating Violence

  • The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline 866-331-9474 and TTY 866-331-8453 - A 24-hour resource that uses telephone and web-based interactive technology to reach teens and young adults who experience dating abuse. The website also offers peer-to-peer online chat.
  • Break the Cycle Break the Cycle is a leading non-profit that works with youth, educators, service providers, and lawmakers to prevent and end dating violence. This national organization develops and operates programs designed to ensure that no young person is excluded from receiving the help, tools and information they need to live free from violence.

Elder Abuse

  • Administration on Aging This federal website provides an overview of a variety of topics, programs and services related to aging.
  • Eldercare Locator Nationwide service to assist in finding local services for seniors.
  • National Center on Elder Abuse The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment. The NCEA offers fact sheets, resource lists, and general education on abuse in later life.
  • National Association of Adult Protective Services Administrators This site contains resources for assistance in finding publications, data, information and answers about elder abuse.
  • Older Women's League OWL is the only national grassroots organization to focus solely on issues unique to women as they age.

Legal Resources

Internet & Computer Safety

Internet Safety

Everything you do online is recorded. It is IMPOSSIBLE to clear your tracks completely. Your computer stores hundreds of bits of information about everything you do with your computer, including information about which websites you've visited, your passwords, and what your emails say. An abuser can easily track the websites you visit or read your email messages. 

If you suspect your activities are being monitored, they probably are. Abusers are often controlling and want to know your every move. You don’t need to be a computer programmer or have special skills to monitor someone’s computer activities – anyone can do it and there are many ways to monitor your activities - even without having direct access to your computer. Using a separate computer is best, but you can protect yourself at home by familiarizing yourself with processes like private browsingdeleting your browser historyclearing your cache and deleting cookies

You can be tracked

Your abuser can track your online actions – there is nothing you can do to remove your tracks completely. If you try to erase your tracks, your abuser might become suspicious.


If you think you might be in danger, use a computer at a public library, internet cafe or a trusted friend’s house. If your abuser sends you email, do not open it on those computers.

If you need help now, call 911 or the

  • US National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
  • US National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673
  • US National Teen Dating Violence Helpline 1-866-331-9474


Email Safety

Email is not a safe or confidential way to communicate.

Sending email is like sending a postcard through the mail. Anyone along the path can read what it says. If you need to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life, if possible, please call a hotline instead.

If you must use email to discuss your situation we suggest you use an account that your abuser doesn't know about. Set up a new account with a free email service like hotmail, yahoo, or gmail.

Password Safety

Be smart about passwords to keep your abuser out of your accounts.

DO NOT use a name or password that contains any identifying information (no names, nicknames, initials, birthdates, zipcodes, etc.) Instead use a name and password that contains a random mix of letters, CAPITAL letters and numbers (for example, HJ3v67Tn) -

Make sure you can remember the user name and password. If you must write it down somewhere, put it in a place your abuser is unlikely to find it. 

If the computer asks if you would like it to save your password or login information tell it NO.

Smartphone Safety

Smartphone Safety

  • Disconnect the cellphone battery when visiting a legal or domestic violence office. Your abuser may be using an app or computer software that shows where you are in real time.
  • If you think a tracking app has been installed on your phone, call or visit your carrier to have your phone reset to factory settings. This will disable all apps and allow you to re install only those you want.
  • Password protect your phone and do not share the password with anyone.
  • Use a hidden prepaid cell phone to make sensitive phone calls.
  • Texts can be deleted, but an abuser could recover them

Social Media Safety

Social Media Safety

  • Block, do not defriend, a potential abuser or stalker. Doing this hides all of your activity from that person when he or she is logged in.
  • Don't post private information like your phone number or email address
  • Don't post status updates about your location or tag pictures that tell where you are. Ask your friends not to tag you either.
  • Check settings on all social media apps to ensure that location settings are off