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.

How Do I Help Someone?

When friends or family members are being abused:

  • Call police if you see/hear abuse.
  • Ask if they're safe or need someone to talk to.
  • Explain that FREE and CONFIDENTIAL help is available help for victims and their children at local domestic violence programs
  • Offer a ride to a local shelter, a place to make a phone call or to baby-sit while they attend appointments.
  • Carry the number of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), in your wallet in case you meet someone who needs it.

When friends or family members are abusers:

  • Call police if you see/hear abuse.
  • Tell them there are no excuses for abuse and they may lose their families, friends, homes and jobs if it doesn't stop.
  • Hold them accountable for their behavior.
  • Support their efforts to locate and obtain appropriate batterer intervention treatment.

-- From the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Volunteer Opportunities


For Parents

Help for Parents: talk to children about healthy relationships and domestic violence

Raising Community Awareness

How Can I Raise Awareness In My Community?

Materials listed below highlight simple steps that individuals and communities can take to help end domestic violence.